“Dig Deeper-Mysteries in the Soil” Conservation Poster Contest Deadline

** NEW** 2015 Poster Contest – Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators 

2013 Winner 6th Grade

2013 Winner 6th Grade

The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides K-12 grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art.

The contest is open to public, private or http://www.nacdnet.org/education/contests/poster/2014home school students.

Every participant will receive a small prize and the top three posters in each category will receive a Grand Prize!  The top posters for each age category will go on to the state competition, and could even go on to the national competition and win cash prizes!

The posters can use any 2-dimensional media and must be between 8.5″ x 11″ and 22″ x 28″ in size.  “Dig Deeper-Mysteries in the Soil” or “Dig Deeper” must be somewhere on your poster.  Have fun creating!

This year’s theme is DIG DEEPER – Mysteries in the Soil.

Soil is the reservoir on which most life on earth depends, as the primary source of food, feed, forage, fiber, and pharmaceuticals. Soil plays a vital role in sustaining human welfare and assuring future agricultural productivity and environmental stability. The study of soil as a science has provided us with a basic understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological properties and processes essential to such a complex ecosystem. (soils4teachers.org)

Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level.  To locate your local district search our 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.

“Dig Deeper-Mysteries in the Soil” conservation poster deadlines are coming up. There is still a little time to put one together even if you haven’t started yet.

You must start at your local level to participate.

Vernon County residents, contact Sarah McDowell at smcdowell@vernoncounty.org to make sure you have all the forms.  The posters are due to the Vernon County office on December 20, 2013 and the state competition is the first week of March. The entry form and contestant rules for Vernon County are linked here: 2014_nacd_poster_contest_rulesandresources1.  There is also a Resources Sheet with a Book List and Website links that go along with the theme.

Richland County’s contest deadline is January 10, 2014.

Wisconsin Districts on the Web

Web Link Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association
Web Link Wisconsin USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Web Link Vernon County Land and Water Conservation Department
Web Link Winnebago County Land and Water Conservation Department

Wisconsin (WLWCA) offers a State Conservation Speech Contest as well as the Conservation Poster Contest.

2014 Poster Contest Rules & Resources
2014 Poster Contest Entry Form

2014 Speaking Contest Information and Registration.

The 2014 State Conservation Poster and Speaking Contest will take place on March 10, 2014, in Appleton. Please contact Kim at the WLWCA office with any questions. 

To enter the POSTER 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.

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.

Each entry for the national contest must have the 2014 Poster Contest Entry Form filled out and signed by guardian or parent to be judged. Posters can only be submitted to the national contest after participating in their local or area conservation district contest. Winners at the local/area level are then sent to be judged at your state level. You must follow the time frame set at the local and state level. Click here to find your local district.


The top two posters in each category of the national contest will receive monetary prizes. First place winners will receive $100 and second place winners will receive $75. Prizes at the national level are sponsored by the NACD Auxiliary.
Please note: Only posters judged at the local and state level are eligible for the national contest.

Other Useful Tools and Information for participants to design their posters

Overview and resource list of poster theme, “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil” | PDF |

What Makes a Good Poster? | PDF |

National Visual Arts Standards

2014 Poster Contest PowerPoint | PPT |

PowerPoint Notepages | PDF |

Questions? Contact Susan Schultz, NACD’s Stewardship and Education Coordinator, at stewardship@nacdnet.org

Soil is an amazing substance.
A complex mix of minerals, air, and water, soil also teems with countless micro-organisms, and the decaying remains of once-living things.
Soil is made of life and soil makes life. 

To the farmer, soil is where crops grow.
To the engineer, soil is a foundation upon which to build.
To the ecologist, soil supports communities of living things.
To the archaeologist, soil holds clues to past cultures.
To the city dweller, soil nurtures grass and gardens.

To the soil scientist, soil is all of these things. 

Soil has been called “the skin of the earth” because it is the thin outermost layer of the Earth’s crust.
Like our own skin, we can’t live without soil.

Source: Soil Science Society of America



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