The annual Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The poster contest theme follows the annual NACD Stewardship theme.
Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. Individuals and teachers with questions regarding district contests should contact their local district. To locate your local district search our online SWCD Directory or contact the VASWCD. District winners advance to the state level. Local SWCDs should forward their local winning poster entries to the VASWCD office for consideration at the state level. Local SWCDs need to submit these poster winners to the VASWCD for consideration by October 20, 2017. Finally, state winners advance to the National Contest. National winners are recognized each year at the NACD Annual Meeting.
2017 Contest Theme
Healthy Soils are Full of Life
Poster Categories by Grade:
The contest is open to public, private or home school students, girl scout/boy scout troops, etc.
Rules and Resources
Click Here for a full list of contest rules.
Click Here for helpful resources about Soil!
Click Here for the NACD Power Presentation about 2017 Poster Contest
Contact the VASWCD for an editable version of this document to include your local contact information.
Be sure to include a copy of the SWCD Local to State Form with your poster entries when submitting to VASWCD.
To Enter the Contest
Entries at the local and state contest must follow the rules and dates for when your poster is due that is set by local organizers. Posters must include a Local Entry Form found here:2017 Local Poster Entry Form
Local contests are held by your local conservation district. Rules may differ from the national contest rules. To find your local conservation district, click here.
State winners receive recognition and a prize from the VASWCD. The 1st place poster in each category will be submitted to the National Association of Conservation Districts’ Poster Contest.
The top three posters in each category of the national contest will receive monetary prizes. First place winners will receive $200, second place winners will receive $150 and 3rd place winners will receive $100. Monetary prizes at the national level are sponsored by the NACD Auxiliary from their quilt project and the Albert I Pierce Foundation.
Visit the NACD Poster Contest site for additional resources and information: http://www.nacdnet.org/general-resources/stewardship-and-education-materials/contests/