Upper Elkhorn Natural Resources District

Poster Contest



Each year the Upper Elkhorn NRD hosts a District Poster Contest to provide kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to share their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resources issues. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of natural resources districts.




Who May Enter?

The National Conservation Poster Contest is open to kindergarten through twelfth grade students and divided into the following categories; K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12. The winning poster from each category will then be entered in to the state competition. If a poster wins the state competition it may then be forwarded on to the national competition.




How Are The Posters Selected?

The posters may be created at school or camp between November 3, 2014 and November 6, 2015. Posters will be evaluated on the following criteria: Conservation message; visual effectiveness; originality; and, appeal.




Contest Rules!

The district contest rules were designed to correspond with the state and national rules to keep continuity between all levels of the contest. The contest rules are as follows:



Any media may be used to create a flat or two-dimensional effect (paint, crayon, colored pencil,

          charcoal, paper or other materials).


In order to promote the stewardship ethic year-round, the poster contest will incorporate the annual Soil Water Stewardship Week theme. All posters submitted to the Upper Elkhorn NRD District Poster Contest are encouraged to feature the current theme.  2015 Theme:  Local Heroes - Your Hardworking Pollinators


Posters should be created between November 3, 2014 and November 6, 2015.


Posters should be no larger than 22 by 28 inches


All posters must have a completed entry form attached to the back of the poster.


Posters should be packaged so they remain flat when sent to the Upper Elkhorn NRD.


The Upper Elkhorn NRD contest follows the same rules as the national contest. Local district winners will be entered into the state contest.


Entries must be received by the annual deadline at the Upper Elkhorn NRD, 301 North Harrison Street,

          O'Neill, NE 68763. No late entries please!   The Deadline for this year's contest is November 6, 2015!!!


All posters must be created by an individual student rather than a team of students.  We encourage each 

          student to do as much of the work as possible by him or herself.




Are There Prizes?

The Upper Elkhorn NRD recognizes the top three posters from each grade category with a cash award. The first place poster from each category is then entered into the state competition.



Who Are The Sponsors?

The program is sponsored by: the National Association of Conservation Districts and the NACD Auxiliary; the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts and the NARD Auxiliary; and , the Upper Elkhorn Natural Resources District.





If you have any questions regarding the contest please contact: Beth Walsh, Information & Education Coordinator ~ bwalsh@uenrd.org or at the  Upper Elkhorn Natural Resources District, 301 N. Harrison Street, O'Neill, NE 68763 or by phone (402)336-3867.