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2022 Contest Theme: Healthy Soil, Healthy Life

Join us in celebrating how great trees are! Each year our partners at the National Association of Conservation Districts(NACD) host a poster contest for area K-12 schools to participate in. The 2022 contest theme is "Healthy Soil, Healthy Life".

The Annual NACD and NACD Auxiliary Poster Contest provides K-12 students the chance to have their art displayed as part of a national conservation outreach initiative. The contest starts at the district or county level; winners advance to the state level, and then to the national level, where they receive recognition at NACD’s annual meeting in February 2023.


The 2022 Hand-Drawn Poster Contest “Healthy Soil, Healthy Life” is open for submissions from K-12 students with categories broken up by grade level; K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10 -12th grades. The poster contest is open to public, private and home-schooled students. Information on the contest, including a free PowerPoint presentation to share with teachers, scout groups or others can be found for download below and by contacting a local Conservation District representative in your area. We're happy to adapt these tools to fit the needs of your own program!


Note: For grades 7-12 digital posters are acceptable only in 8.5in x 11in (portrait or landscape), however, digital posters must be original art and shall not include any copyrighted, trademarked or branded marks, images or phrases besides the NACD 2022 themed logo, if desired.


The Rules 

  • Any media may be used, including paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers, paper, or other materials on a Legal Size Paper (8.5x14) or Letter Size Paper (8.5 x11)

  • 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 2022 Stewardship theme “Healthy Soil: Healthy Life” 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.


When do I have to submit posters?

All entries at the local and state-level contest must be submitted with this contest entry form (placed on the back of each poster) by the due date: October 28th.


Posters can be mailed to:

Missaukee Conservation District 

Attn: Sara Huetteman

6180 W Sanborn Road 

Lake City, MI 49651 


or digitally scanned/photographed (not with a phone) and emailed to sara.huetteman@macd.org


At a state level contest prizes in each category will get a prize in the form of a gift card to a locally found store decided by the local conservation district.  


1st place = $40 

2nd place= $25 

3rd place = $10


The first place posters will go on to compete against posters from around the country. The top three posters in each (school grade) category of the national contest will receive monetary prizes sponsored by the NACD Auxiliary. 


First place = $200

Second place = $150 

Third place = $100. 

All National Poster Contest entries are reviewed based on the following criteria: 

• Conservation message (50 percent)

• Visual effectiveness (30 percent) 

• Originality (10 percent) 

• Universal appeal (10 percent) 


Documents and Helpful Resources​

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A 2020 "Where Would We Bee Without Pollinators" poster by Blair D., First place 4-6 Grade Category from Missaukee County.

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2020 NACD Posters DeBoer

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M Burke, 2-3 grade 2020 winner

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Michigan_12th grade_2019_Harper

2017 Entry, Allison L, Lapeer Conservation District

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2020 NACD Posters DeBoer
2020 NACD Posters DeBoer

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