The Kent, New Castle and Sussex Conservation Districts are accepting entries for the districts’ annual conservation poster contest from K-12 students in public, charter, private and home schools.

Posters will be judged on the 2018 theme, “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home,” in the following grade categories: kindergarten and first; second and third; fourth through sixth; seventh through ninth; and 10th through 12th. First-, second- and third-place winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $50, $25 and $15, respectively. State-level winning posters also will receive a cash award from the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts.

In addition to regular posters, a category for computer-generated posters is open to high school students in ninth through 12th grade who are enrolled in a graphics art/computer class or program of study. These entries will be judged at the county level only and will not be eligible for national judging.

Each conservation district will submit first-place posters in each grade category for judging at the state level by Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control professional staff. First-place posters will be entered into the national conservation district poster contest, with winners to be displayed during the national conference Feb. 2-6, 2019, in San Antonio.

The student’s name, grade level, teacher and school must be legibly printed on the back of the poster. Posters must be hand-delivered or mailed in time to the meet the deadline to the conservation district office in the county in which the student resides. Addresses are: New Castle Conservation District, 2430 Old County Road, Newark; Kent Conservation District, 800 Bay Road, Suite 2, Dover; and Sussex Conservation District, 21315 Berlin Road, Unit 4, Georgetown.

The deadline for poster entries is Oct. 19.

The annual conservation poster contest provides students an opportunity to convey their ideas 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.

“Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home,” developed by the National Association of Conservation Districts, is a reminder that everyone lives in a watershed, an area of land that drains to a common point.

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