Our Poster and Speaking Contests are one of the many programs that our Youth and Education committee coordinates to educate and inspire Wisconsin’s youth so they continue to care for our beautiful state.

The Youth Education Committee directs annual events, such as these contests, to help pass on Wisconsin's rich conservation history to future generations.

Conservation Awareness Poster Contest

The 2024 NACD Poster Contest theme was "May the Forest Be With You Always."

The Conservation Poster Contest is open to kindergarten through 12th-grade students and posters are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Conservation message
  • Visual effectiveness
  • Originality
  • Universal appeal
  • Individual artwork

Past Poster Contest themes have included:

  • Healthy Soils are Full of Life
  • Dig Deeper Mysteries in the Soil
  • Soil to Spoon
  • Conservation Habits=Healthy Habitats
  • Water Is Life

Students compete at county and area competitions with the winning posters moving on to compete at the State Competition in March at the WI Land+Water’s Annual Conference. The first-place posters from the state competition will represent Wisconsin at the National Association of Conservation Districts' annual meeting.

Conservation Awareness Speaking Contest

The Conservation Speech Contest is open to Elementary Division- Grades 5-6, Junior Division- Grades 7-8, and Senior Division-Grades 9-12. The Conservation Speech Contest aims to promote the conservation of natural resources and the protection or enhancement of environmental quality.

Emphasis is placed on the subject as it relates to the locality or to Wisconsin. Students compete at county and area competitions, with the winners moving on to the State Competition in March at WI Land+Water’s Annual Conference. The first-place winners in each category share their speeches at the conference luncheon.

Local & Area Contest Dates

Check the dates for poster and speaking contests at the county and area levels to see when your local contests will take place.

Contest Dates

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Start a Contest in Your County

Interested in starting a poster and/or speaking contest in your county but not sure where to start? Download the Youth Education Committee Turn-Key packet for a step-by-step guide.

Guidelines & Registration Forms

2023 National Champion

Congratulations to Pearl Carriveau (Portage County) for winning the the NACD 2023 Poster Contest for grades 4-6!

NACD News Release

2024 Contest Results

67th Annual Conservation Poster & Speaking Contest

As part of our 71st Annual Conference, the WI Land+Water Youth Education Committee hosted the 67th Annual Conservation Awareness Poster and Speaking Contest, where students from across Wisconsin presented speeches about relevant conservation topics and posters were displayed with a conservation theme of “May the Forest Be With You Always.” Members of the Youth Education Committee and volunteers from county land conservation departments judged the speaking contest, and Association members and conference registrants voted on student posters.

View Winning Posters & Speeches