Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
New Castle, Kent Conservation Districts
to sponsor annual conservation poster contest
DOVER (Sept. 14, 2015) – The Kent Conservation District and the New Castle Conservation District are sponsoring a conservation poster contest this fall with the theme “Local Heroes - Your Hardworking Pollinators.” The contest is open to students in public, charter, private or home schools.
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 developed and sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.
Posters will be judged by grades: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. First, second and third place winners in each category will receive a cash prize valued at $50, $25 and $15 respectively. The state level winning posters will also be given a cash award by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts (DACD). The first-place posters in each grade level will be entered into the national poster contest. Winners will be selected and displayed during the national conference in Reno, Nev., next February.
The deadline for poster entries is Friday, Oct. 30. In addition to regular posters, a special category of computer-generated posters is available to all high school students in grades 9-12 who take a graphics art/computer class or program of study. These posters will be judged at the county/state level only and will not be eligible for national judging.
This year’s theme, “Local Heroes - Your Hardworking Pollinators,” reminds us of the importance of beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths and bees to our nation’s food supply. Birds, bats and small mammals also play important roles as pollinators.
For more information and educational resources about the theme and poster contest guidelines, please visit www.nacdnet.org/education/contests/poster/. For an informational flyer about the Delaware poster contest guidelines, please visit www.newcastleconservationdistrict.org, or www.kentcd.org. The contest will not be available to Sussex County schools this year.
Each of the two participating conservation districts will submit the first place posters in each grade category for judging at the state level. State level winners will then be submitted to the national contest. In the event that an insufficient number of posters are received at the county level, the county level judging will be eliminated and all posters will be judged at the state level.
The student’s name, teacher, school and grade level must be clearly and legibly printed on the back of the poster. Posters must be hand-delivered or mailed flat to the meet the deadline to the Conservation District office in the county in which the student resides.
Addresses for Delaware’s Conservation District offices are as follows: New Castle Conservation District, 2430 Old County Road, Newark, DE 19702 and Kent Conservation District, 800 Bay Road, Suite 2, Dover, DE 19901.
For more information, please contact Rick Mickowski at 302-832-3100 ext. 113 or by email at Rick.Mickowski@state.de.us.Vol. 45, No. 302