Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association (WLWCA) 702 East Johnson Street • Madison, WI 53703-1533 • (608) 441-2677 • Fax (608)441-2676 Email: email@example.com • Web site www.wlwca.org 2009 CONSERVATION POSTER CONTEST “DIG IT! The Secrets of Soil” Contest Divisions PRIMARY: Students enrolled in Grades K-1 during the school year. ELEMENTARY: Students enrolled in Grades 2-3 during the school year. MIDDLE: Students enrolled in Grades 4-6 during the school year. JUNIOR: Students enrolled in Grades 7-9 during the school year. SENIOR: Students enrolled in Grades 10-12 during the school year. SPECIAL NEEDS JUNIOR (K-6)*: Students enrolled in ED, LD, CD during the school year. SPECIAL NEEDS SENIOR (7-12)*: Students enrolled in ED, LD, CD during the school year. *Students enrolled in ED, LD, CD may enroll in either their grade level or a Special Needs Division. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) does not have categories for the Special Needs Division, therefore Special Needs enrollees will not advance to the NACD National Poster Contest. Subject Material 1. Subjectmatter shall be an area of environmental awareness or conservation of natural resources such as soil conservation, water quality, air, wildlife, forestry, with emphasis being placed on the conservation aspects of the selected subject. Authenticity and accuracy of information is very important! 2. Poster contestparticipants must use the theme "DIG IT! The Secrets of Soil”, based on the 2009 NACD Stewardship theme. There is much to learn about soil. Almost all of the minerals and nutrients we need fro life, to nurture us, to help us grow, to give us energy and keep us healthy come from fields, gardens, trees and pastures. Every plant, vegetable, or fruit that we eat gets its nutrients from the soil in which it grows. Additional information can be found at www.nacdnet.org - Stewardship & Education. Rules 1. A completed entry form for the Poster Contest must be securely attached to the back of the poster. A parent or guardian’s signature is required to participate. 2. Any media may be used to create a flat or two-dimensional effect (paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, paper or other materials). 3. Postersmust be at least 8.5” x 11” and no larger than 22” x 28”. Posters should be flat (three-dimensional posters are not allowed) and on tag board or equivalent material. 4. Posters should be packaged so they remain flat when sent for judging. 5. Eachposter must be the work of an individual student. Joint entries are not acceptable. Although younger or special needs students may receive help in planning from parents and teachers, WLWCA and NACD encourages each student to do as much of the work as possible by him/herself. 6. The 2009 Stewardship title “DIG IT! The Secrets of Soil” must be on your poster. 7. Prizes shall be awarded to the first three places in each division at the county, area and state levels. 8. TheLand Conservation Committees (LCCs), Land Conservation Departments (LCDs), Area Associations and WLWCA may use posters for promotion of natural resources conservation. that win first prize at the state level will be eligible to advance to the 9. Only posters NACD (National) Poster Contest. County, Area and State Contests An individual student may only enter in one county-level contest, either in the county in which they reside, the county in which they attend school, or the county closest to their residence or school that participates in the poster contest. The members of the Washington County Land Conservation Committee shall sponsor the contest locally. Everyone entering the competition will be rewarded with a certificate. (Teachers, please include a typed list of all students entering the competition.) The top 3 winners in each category (locally) will receive the following U.S. Savings Bonds respectively: 1st Place- $75.00, 2nd Place-$50.00, 3rd Place-$50.00. The winners in each division of each County contest are eligible to compete in the Area Association contests. In some cases, counties do not hold county-level contests, and students will compete directly at the Area contest level. The 1st place winners in each division of the Area Association Contests are then eligible to compete in the State Contest. The WLWCA Youth and Education Committee and the WLWCA Project Coordinator shall be responsible for conducting the State Contest, including arranging location, publicity, awards, etc. Each participant in the state contest shall receive a certificate. First, second and third place winners in each division shall be awarded a plaque. Contest Schedule October 2, 2009 - Washington County entries due to L&W Conservation Office. October 16, 2009 - 1st Place Posters (Local Contest) to Southeast Area Poster Contest. November 7, 2009 - State Poster Contest held in Stevens Point, WI. National (NACD) Contest Poster winners from the November 7, 2009 State Poster Contest will compete in the National NACD Contest. Entries are due by December 1, 2009. The winning posters will be featured at the 2010 NACD annual meeting. All posters will be returned in March of next year.
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