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

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

Posters will be judged on the 2016 theme, “We All Need Trees,” in the following grade categories: kindergarten through first, grades two through three, grades four through six, grades seven through nine and grades 10-12. First-, second- and third-place winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $50, $25 and $15 respectively. The state-level winning posters also will receive a cash award from the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts.

The deadline for poster entries is Oct. 28. In addition to regular posters, a special category for computer-generated posters is open to all high school students in grades nine through 12 who take a graphics art/computer class or program of study. These entries will be judged at the county/state 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. In the event that an insufficient number of posters are received at the county level, the county level judging will be eliminated, and posters will be judged at the state level. First-place posters in each grade level will be entered into the national conservation district poster contest, with winners to be displayed during the national conference Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, 2017, in Denver.

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 flat 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, DE 19702; Kent Conservation District, 800 Bay Road, Suite 2, Dover, DE 19901; and Sussex Conservation District, 21315 Berlin Road, Unit 4, Georgetown, DE 19947.

The annual conservation poster contest will provide students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water, and related natural resource issues through art. The contest also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The contest follows the annual stewardship theme developed and sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.

For more information. visit bit.ly/2dyiXZd. For a flier with guidelines, visit newcastleconservationdistrict.org, kentcd.org or sussexconservation.org.