Thursday, September 29, 2011

DNREC Press Release

Conservation Districts to sponsor annual conservation poster contest

DOVER (Sept. 28, 2011) – The Kent, New Castle and Sussex Conservation Districts will be sponsoring a conservation poster contest during the next few weeks. The theme this year is “Forests for People: More Than You Can Imagine!” Posters will be judged in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. First, second and third place winners in each category will receive a prize valued at $50, $25 and $15 respectively. Deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.

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 sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.

This year’s theme, “Forests for People: More Than You Can Imagine,” reminds us that we all have a connection to the trees in the forest. Forests play a critical role in providing clean water and healthy wildlife habitat, as well as jobs for our citizens and products that we use every day. Forests also offer us a place to take a peaceful walk or pitch a tent or hold a picnic. And they provide children with the perfect atmosphere to learn about the great outdoors.

For more information and educational resources about the theme, please visit

Each of the conservation districts will submit their first place posters in each category for judging at the state level. State level winners will then be submitted to the national contest. Last year, the winning Delaware poster for the 10-12 category went on to win first place in the 10-12 category in the national contest. In the event that an insufficient amount of posters are received, the county level contests will be eliminated and all posters will be judged at the state level.

The name of the student, teacher, school and student’s grade level must be written on the back of the poster. Posters must be hand-delivered or mailed flat in time to meet the deadline to the conservation district 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; Kent Conservation District, 800 Bay Road, Suite 2, Dover, DE 19901; and Sussex Conservation District, 21315 Berlin Road, Unit 4, Georgetown, DE 19947.

For more information, please contact Michelle Jacobs at 302-739-9135 or email

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