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Conservation Education Contests

Conservation Education Contests

Posted on November 6, 2019

5th grade, Carlee Arrowood, Rutherford SWCD

In an effort to increase knowledge about soils, water and ecosystems, each year the North Carolina Soil & Water Conservation Districts hosts Conservation Education Contests that are judged at the district, area, and state levels. In Union County, we host three competitions for students in grades 3rd through 8th. These include a poster contest for 3rd-6th grades, an essay contest for 6th grade and a public speaking contest for 7th and 8th grades. These contests are a great way to incorporate science education into art, literature, and public speaking classes. This year, all entries must showcase the 2020 theme: Wetlands are Wonderful. While students increase their knowledge of wetland ecosystems, they also build on communication skills, creativity and syntax.

Once submitted, the posters, essays and speeches will be judged by the Union County Soil & Water Conservation Board; as well as other individuals from the local agricultural and environmental education community. After the district has selected winners, the students will be informed and their works will be submitted to the area competition. Furthermore, students who place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the district competitions will receive a certificate, as well as a monetary reward.

To incorporate younger grade levels in our contests, Union County also offers a bookmark contest to students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. This contest is just at the district level; however, one winner will be chosen from each grade level. The winning bookmarks will be reproduced for each winner’s class and will also be available at Union County Soil & Water events and festivals.

Although we are encouraging classrooms to participate, our contests are open to all students within Union County. This includes homeschool, private school and public school students whose schools or teachers may not be participating in the contests.

All contest entries must be submitted no later than February 29, 2020. For more information on the contest rules and guidelines, click here to visit the state website. To enter a contest, or for further information please contact Union County Soil & Water Education Specialist Breanna Walker at or (704) 324-9217.

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