The deadline for the annual conservation poster contest sponsored by the Sussex, Kent and New Castle Conservation Districts is fast approaching on Monday, Nov. 8. The theme this year is “Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats.” Posters will be judged in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. First, second and third place winners in each category will receive a prize valued at $50, $25 and $15 respectively.


The deadline for the annual conservation poster contest sponsored by the Sussex, Kent and New Castle Conservation Districts is fast approaching on Monday, Nov. 8. The theme this year is “Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats.” Posters will be judged in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. First, second and third place winners in each category will receive a prize valued at $50, $25 and $15 respectively.

The annual conservation poster contest provides kindergarten through 12th grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts 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. The contest follows the annual Stewardship theme which is sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.

This year’s theme, “Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats,” reminds people that conservation of our natural resources is important in every community. Plenty of conservation habits can help conserve water, provide shelter for animals, birds and insects as well as increase their food supply. Habitats are all across North America and around the world; you can find them in forests, grasslands, deserts, wetlands and arctic tundra, as well as right outside your backdoor and in your community.

Healthy habitats can include native plants and water features such as ponds, wetlands and rain gardens. Planting native trees along stream banks to stabilize the soil, preventing soil erosion or planting native plants to attract pollinators make citizens good stewards of the land.

For more information and educational resources about the theme, please visit http://nacdnet.org/education/contests/poster/2010/2010_rules+bkgrd.pdf.

Each of the Conservation Districts will submit their first place posters in each category for judging at the state level. State level winners will then be submitted to the national contest. Last year, the winning Delaware poster for the 10-12 category, created by Noah Link of Kent County, went on to win first place in the 10-12 category in the national contest.

Posters must include the name of the student, teacher and school along with the grade level, and must be hand delivered or mailed flat in time to meet the deadline to the conservation district in the county in which you reside.

Addresses for Delaware’s conservation district offices are as follows: 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.

For more information, please contact Michelle Jacobs at 302-739-9135 or email Michelle.Jacobs@state.de.us.