Conservation District poster contest entries due by Oct. 20

Healthy Soils Are Full of Life is 2017 theme
October 1, 2017

The Sussex Conservation Districts are now accepting entries in their annual conservation poster contest for students in kindergarten to 12th grade in Delaware's public, charter, private or home schools. Posters will be judged on the 2017 theme, Healthy Soils Are Full of Life, in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. First-, second- and third-place winners in each category will receive cash prizes of $50, $25 and $15, respectively. The state-level poster winners also will receive cash awards from the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts.

The deadline for poster entries is Friday, Oct. 20. In addition to regular posters, a special category for computer-generated posters is open to all high school students in 9th-12th grades who take a graphics art/computer class or program of study. These entries will be judged at the county/state level only and will not be eligible for national judging.

First-place posters in each grade category will be sent for judging at the state level, and state winners will be entered into the national conservation district poster contest, with winners to be displayed during the National Association of Conservation Districts conference Saturday-Wednesday, Jan. 27-31, in Nashville, Tenn.

The student's name, grade level, teacher, and school must be clearly and legibly printed on the back of the poster. Posters must be hand-delivered or mailed flat in time to the meet the deadline to the Sussex Conservation District, 21315 Berlin Road, Unit 4, Georgetown, DE 19947.

The annual conservation poster contest provides students with 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 associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The contest follows the annual stewardship theme developed and sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.

Healthy Soils Are Full of Life, this year's theme, highlights the important benefits that healthy and productive soils provide for food, fiber, habitat and clean water. For more information, go to

The annual poster contest is sponsored by DNREC and the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts.