Three high school students holding up paper awards.

The California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) Education Committee makes information available to Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) that wish to enhance their education and outreach to K-12 students who are interested in natural resource management and agricultural issues.

NACD Poster Contest

The annual National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and NACD Auxiliary Poster Contest provides students from kindergarten through 12th grade the chance to have their art displayed as part of a national conservation outreach initiative. Each year, the winning posters reflect NACD’s annual Stewardship theme, and highlight the work of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies to protect and enhance natural resources. The contest starts at the district level; winners advance to the state level, and then to the national level, where they receive recognition at NACD’s annual meeting.

The poster contest is open to public, private, and home-schooled students. The top three posters in each category of the national contest will receive monetary prizes. First place winners will receive $200; second place winners will receive $150; and third place winners will receive $100. The NACD Auxiliary, through their quilt project proceeds and the Albert I. Pierce Foundation, sponsor prizes at the national level.

2019 Theme: Life in the Soil – Dig Deeper

Soil is a dirty topic, but everyone needs to learn more about it! Soil is the foundation for many of the items we use in our daily life, such as food, clothing, clean water, homes and more. Healthy soil equals healthy food, which equals a healthy you. Don’t treat your soil like dirt!

Students from grades K-12 must submit their poster to either their local RCD or CARCD by November 1st. Winners from each age group will be voted on at the CARCD Annual Conference in November and forwarded along to the National Contest by December 1st.

Poster Contest Guidelines

Any media may be used, including paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers, paper, or other materials. No digital entries can be accepted at the State level contest.

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 2019 Stewardship theme “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper” 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, NACD encourages 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.

2019 Conservation Education Speak-Off: Why do we need to act to save the monarch butterfly? What can RCDs do to help? 

The CARCD Conservation Education Speak-Off is an annual competition designed to help California high school students learn about natural resource issues in their area, build public speaking skills and confidence, and enable conservation practitioners to hear from youth about issues that matter most to them.

With the support of their local RCDs, students compete first at a county level and then regionally for a chance to participate in the final speak-off round at the Annual CARCD Conference in November. Winners and runners-up receive cash awards for their time and effort. Travel to and from these events for the student and chaperone is paid for by their RCD. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three competitors: $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place.