Poster Contest

NJ 2018 Theme “Watersheds  – Our Water, Our Home”  Download Poster Contest InformationVIEW PDF

The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides second 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 Stewardship theme. The contest is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts, the New Jersey local Soil Conservation Districts, the National Association of Conservation Districts and the NACD Auxiliary.

Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. It is important to check with your local district to verify participation and local deadlines before creating your poster. For a list of participating districts, please see page 3 of the poster contest brochure. Individuals and teachers with questions regarding district contests should contact their local Soil Conservation District (SCD). To locate your local SCD search the state directory. District winners advance to the state level. For questions regarding state competitions, districts should contact their state association. Finally, state winners advance to the National Contest. National winners are recognized each year at the NACD Annual Meeting.

Poster Contest Open to grades 2-12 Who Can Participate?

The Poster contest is open to all students in grades 2-12 – public, private, home schooled and youth groups included.

Why Participate?

Designing a poster and researching the theme can give you a voice in your community about important conservation issues.
Good posters capture people’s attention and deliver stories in a way that everyone can understand. A powerful graphic can inspire people to be concerned about conservation.

Online Tips for Creating an Effective Poster Contest PrizesPoster

The National Association of Conservation Districts at provides links to assist with creating posters. Click on the “Stewardship & Education” tab and find “Poster Contest” under “Contests” for an overview of the theme, and for tips on what makes a good poster and the National Visual Arts Standards.

New Jersey Rules

These rules must be followed for your poster to be accepted by your local Soil Conservation District. Entries that do not conform to the rules will not be judged.
Please review and follow your local Soil
District rules for the deadline

  1. Clearly print your name and information on the entry form AND tape the completed entry form to the back of your poster.
  2. Tape a 1-3 sentence explanation of your poster, neatly written on a 3” x 5” or 4” x 6” index card, to the back of the poster. Be sure to write your name and county on the index card.
  3. Contest theme “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home” must appear somewhere in your poster. Leave a 1 inch border of white space at the edges of the poster; lettering should not run on to the edges.
  4. The poster must be flat, no 3-D objects.
  5. Poster size must be between 8.5″ x 11″ and 22″ x 28″.
  6. Any medium may be used including paint, crayons, colored pencils, charcoal and paper. Computer designed artwork is allowed but clip art is not acceptable. No collage or montage.
  7. One poster per student.
  8. The poster must be the original artwork of the student.
  9. ENTRY DEADLINE: See Local District Rules
  10. Decisions of the judges are final and all entries become the
    property of the contest sponsors.

Poster Evaluations

Posters will be judged on the following criteria: Relevance to contest theme:

“Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home”

— Conservation message      — Visual effectiveness

— Originality                    — Overall appeal

CASH PRIZES for the New Jersey Statewide
competition are awarded by the:

New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts

First – $200       Second – $100        Third – $50

Web Resources:

Water Education for kids
Discover Water
Protecting your watershed
Water Use it Wisely
Our Water


SCD Contact Info

Dept of Argriculture