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Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Conservation Awareness Poster Contest

Healthy Soil Healthy Life logo showing a cow munching on some plants next to a tree and a basket of carrots.

The Dane County Land & Water Resources Department invites all kindergarten through 12th grade students in Dane County to participate in the 2022 Conservation Awareness Poster Contest. The annual competition encourages students to showcase their creativity and express their thoughts on conservation practices. 

The theme for the 2021-2022 school year is “Healthy Soil: Healthy Life”.

The contest is open to all Dane County public, private and home-schooled students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Submissions will be evaluated in five different age divisions: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. The top three posters in each category will receive prizes. First place winners: $20; Second place winners: $15; and third place winners: $10.  Each of the 1st place division winners will advance to the area competition, with a chance for their poster to win further prizes at the state and national level.

Posters and entry forms (see below) are due by 5:00 p.m. on January 7, 2022 to:
Conservation Awareness Poster Contest; Dane County Land & Water Resources Department; 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison, WI 53718. Blank posters and entry forms will be made available for interested participants upon request.


Contest Guidelines

  • Posters must be created by an individual student, not a group or team of students.
  • Any media may be used, including paint, crayon, marker, colored pencil, paper or other materials.
  • Hand drawn or created only. No computer-generated posters will be accepted.
  • Posters must be either 12”x18” or 14”x22” in size.
  • Participants must include the 2022 theme “Healthy Soil: Healthy Life” somewhere on the poster.
  • Each poster must have a completed entry form attached that is signed by a parent or guardian.

Educational Resources on Soil

    The educational materials listed below are available to families and educators to highlight of the importance of healthy soil from the National Association of Conservation Districts and other partners.

    Student Booklet for Kindergarten – 1st grade
    Student Booklet for 2nd and 3rd grade
    Student Booklet for 4th and 5th grade
    Student Booklet for 6th through 8th grade
    Educators Guide
    Soil Information and Contest Tips
    Soil Education Information for Grades K-6 (USDA NRCS)
    Soil Education Information for Grades 7-12 (USDA NRCS)


    If you have additional questions or are interested in participating as a classroom or other community group, please contact:

    Erin Moran, Conservation Outreach Specialist
    5201 Fen Oak Dr., #208, Madison, WI  53718
    (608) 244-3730 (office) / (608) 575-4350 (cell)