Poster Contest


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 conservation associations, auxiliaries, and agencies. The poster contest theme follows the annual NACD Stewardship theme.

Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level and moves on to the state level. The Shenandoah Valley SWCD will forward our local winning poster entries to the VASWCD office for consideration at the state level.

2024 Poster Contest Theme:

“May the Forest Be with You Always”

Poster Categories By Grade:

  • K-1st
  • 2nd-3rd
  • 4th-6th
  • 7th-9th – Hand-drawn & Digital
  • 10th-12th – Hand-drawn & Digital

The contest is open to public, private, or home-school students, Girl Scout/Boy Scout troops, and other student groups.

Rules and Resources:

To Enter the Contest:

1934 Deyerle Ave. Suite B

Harrisonburg, VA 22801



  • Each first-place winner (one per category) will receive a conservation kit. These posters will also be submitted to the state poster contest for competition.
  • Each second-place winner (one per category) will receive a conservation kit.
  • Each third-place winner (one per category) will receive a conservation kit.
  • All participants will receive a ribbon of participation.
  • Any student that is in the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts can receive a patch for participating in the contest. Interested students must request the patch on their completed entry form.


  • State winners receive recognition and a prize from the VASWCD.   The first-place poster in each category will be submitted to the National Association of Conservation Districts’ Poster Contest.
  • The top three posters in each category of the national contest will receive monetary prizes. First-place winners will receive $200, second-place winners will receive $150, and third-place winners will receive $100.

Have questions?  Contact Megan Trice at !