State Soil Conservation Poster Contest Now Open for Children Grades 2-12

New Jersey’s Soil Conservation Districts are now accepting entries in a poster contest designed to raise awareness of natural resources and related issues among young people. The theme for this year’s poster is “Local Heroes: Your Hardworking Pollinators.”

Students may compete in the following categories: Grade 2-3; Grade 4-6; Grade 7-9; and Grade 10-12. First place winners in each category will receive $200 savings bonds; second-place $100 bonds; and third-place $50 bonds.

All first-place winners will be entered in the National Association of Conservation Districts poster contest.

The competition is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture State Soil Conservation Committee, New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts and the state’s 15 Soil Conservation Districts, which work to conserve and manage soil and water resources in the state.

Since the initial phase of the contest is run by the local Soil Conservation Districts, the districts directly are providing details and setting deadlines for submission. In Mercer County, entries are due by 4pm March 20, 2015. Here is the link for registration information and form.

To find your local district, go to www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/anr/nrc/conservdistricts.html. The entry form can be found at: www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/anr/pdf/conservationpostercontest.pdf.

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