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2018 Youth Poster Contest

Water is one of our most precious resources. Watersheds supply water for drinking and recreation, irrigation and manufacturing, and wildlife and bird habitat. It is essential that each of us adopts good water conservation habits so that we can keep our water resources safe and productive now and for future generations.


Who Can Participate?

The Poster contest is open to all students in public, private or home school, grades K-12.

Posters are due: April 20, 2018.


To submit a poster, you can drop it off at our office or schedule a pick up time with our Environmental Education Coordinator. Call Jane at 574-936-2024 Ext. 4 or email to schedule a pick up at your school.

  • Any media may be used to create a flat or two-dimensional effect (paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers, paper or other materials on regular posters (no computer only special category) Poster size must be 14" x 22".

  • Posters should be packaged so they remain flat when sent for judging.

  • All posters must be created by an individual student rather than a team of students.

  • The 2018 theme “Watersheds - Our Water, Our Home” must be on your poster. (Don’t use any other title)

  • All posters must have an entry form signed and attached to the back of the poster to be eligible for judging.

  • Although younger students will most likely receive help in planning from parents or teachers, NACD encourages each student to do as much of the work as possible by him/herself.  Entries completed by students in their handwriting and coloring will score better than those designed, drawn and colored by adult assistance.

Poster Evaluations

The posters are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Conservation message (50 percent) (Poster uses correct theme)

  • Visual effectiveness (30 percent)

  • Originality (10 percent) and

  • Universal appeal (10 percent).


ALL participants will receive a participation prize!

Top poster entry will be sent on to the State Contest. State winners will be eligible for NACD National Poster Contest and prizes


Additional information: Visit NACD's Website.

Information Resources

Visit the websites below when researching information related to your project. Check your local library for more resources on the importance of watersheds.

What Is A Watershed?

Is Your Watershed Healthy?

Our Waters

Watersheds, flooding & pollution

Water Conservation

Discover Water

Protecting Your Watershed

Water Use It Wisely

National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD)

2016 IN State 6th grade Winner

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