The Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District (BCSWCD), alongside the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the Indiana District Employee Association (IDEA), is hosting a Conservation Stewardship poster contest. Each year, NACD selects a theme related to a relevant conservation topic. Local districts, such as BCSWCD, select winners in each category and submit them to IDEA for state judging. State level winners are selected and submitted to NACD for national judging. BCSWCD winners in each category will be displayed at the Brown County 4-H Fair. National winners are recognized at the NACD Annual Meeting.
The 2021 Poster Contest will be held virtually!
2021 THEME: Healthy Forests = Healthy Communities
(Open to all public, private, and home-schooled students.)
- Any art media may be used that creates a two-dimensional design (paint, crayon, colored pencil, stickers, paper, etc.). Your poster may be any size, from letter sized paper to large poster size.
- The poster must contain the words of this year’s theme “Healthy Forests = Healthy Communities” somewhere on the front. The students name should NOT be on the front of the poster.
- Poster content should be the original work of the student.
- Each poster should be created by one student.
- To submit your poster, take a picture or scan your poster and save it with the file name “lastname_firstname_grade.jpeg” with your applicable information. All four edges must be visible in the picture.
- The National Association of Conservation Districts poster contest ENTRY FORM must be electronically submitted as well to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All posters must be submitted electronically to email@example.com no later than 11:59pm on Friday, April 23rd, 2021. Award recipients will be notified in mid June 2021. Please send your poster with the file name “lastname_firstname_grade.jpeg”, with your applicable information.
JUDGING: Poster authors will remain hidden during judging. Judges understand the different levels of capability per category. For younger students, artwork that is done with student handwriting will score better than artwork done with adult assistance. Judging will follow the NACD format of:
Conservation message (50 percent) (Poster uses correct theme)
Visual effectiveness (30 percent)
Originality (10 percent)
Universal appeal (10 percent)
AWARDS: First place winners in each category will receive $50. Second place winners in each category will receive $25. First and second place posters from each category will be displayed at the Brown County 4-H Fair at the end of July. First place winners from each category will be forwarded on to the IDEA for state level judging. The state then passes on their selection for first place winners in each category to NACD for national judging. Cash awards are offered at the state and national levels.
Teachers: Would you like BCSWCD to present a virtual program to your classroom to introduce the poster contest? Contact Courtney McGuckin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.