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Morgan County Soil and Water Conservation District

Youth Conservation Poster Contest

Contest Rules

  • Only submissions from youth who reside in Morgan County, Indiana will be accepted for judging.  If you reside in another county, please check with your county's Soil and Water Conservation District  in order to submit an entry to that county's poster contest. You can find your county SWCD information here:  National NACD Directory

  • Entries will be accepted until 4 pm on May 10, 2021.  Winners will be notified by June 20, 2021.

  • All posters will be placed in one of five categories based on school grade level as of January 1, 2021 for judging: Grades K & 1, Grades 2 & 3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12.


  • Only digital posters (photographs or scanned copies of the hand drawn posters in a JPEG format) will be accepted through the submission for below. Photographs must be clear and well framed.  Any size paper can be used but it should be rectangular in shape. Vertical or horizontal submissions will be accepted. Please try to avoid shadows when taking a picture of your poster and make sure you are capturing the image as squarely as possible to eliminate distortions to the image.


  • Any media may be used, including paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers, paper, mixed media or other materials.  Computer generated (digitally created) submissions will not be allowed.  

  • All posters must be created by an individual student, rather than a team of students. Entry must be contestant's original creation and may not be traced from photographs or other artists' published works.


  • The 2021 Stewardship theme “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities” must be included on the front side of each poster submission to be eligible for the national poster contest.


  • Although younger students will most likely receive help in planning from parents or teachers,  we encourage each student to do their own work. Note: Entries with student handwriting and coloring will score better than those designed, drawn, and colored by adult assistance.


Poster Evaluations

Poster Contest entries are reviewed based on the following criteria:

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

• Visual effectiveness (30 percent)

• Originality (10 percent)

• Universal appeal (10 percent) 


First, second, and third place winners will be chosen in each age category at the county level.  Each first place winner will be asked to help us complete an entry form for submission to the Indiana State Poster Contest, which could result in National Poster Contest Entry and more prizes!  Local prizes include for each age category:

First Place:        $ 30

Second Place:  $ 25

Third Place:      $ 20


All entries will receive a certificate of participation and winners will be recognized locally in a manner to yet be determined!


 For more information, please email

Learn More About

How Healthy Forests can create Healthy Communities 

Before Creating Your Poster!

Morgan County 

Soil & Water 

Conservation District

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