Poster Contest

2024 First-Place Winners

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 National Association of Conservation Districts stewardship theme.

Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level and moves on to the state level. The Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation Districts forwards its winning poster entries to the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) office for consideration at the state level.

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

A man and a woman looking at posters on a wall.

SVSWCD Board members John Hoffman and Betty Reese judge the posters in the 2024 contest.

2024 Poster Contest Theme:

“May the Forest Be with You Always”

Congratulations to our 2024 local winners!

First place – Isabella Wilkins, K-1st grade; Leah Housden, 2nd-3rd grade; Kara Cunningham, 4th-6th grade; Emmett Nalberczinski, 7th-9th grade.

Second place – Gunner Wilkins, K-1st grade; Kimberly Santibanez Saucedo, 2nd-3rd grade; Abigail Black, 4th-6th grade.

Third place – Isaiah Freed, 2nd-3rd grade.



  • Each first-place winner (one per category) receives a conservation kit. These posters will also be submitted to the state poster contest for judging.
  • Each second-place winner (one per category) receives a conservation kit.
  • Each third-place winner (one per category) receives a conservation kit.
  • All participants 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 is submitted to the National Association of Conservation Districts’ Poster Contest.
  • The top three posters in each category of the national contest receive monetary prizes. First-place winners receive $200, second-place winners receive $150, and third-place winners will receive $100.

For more information, email Megan Trice at