NJ Conservation 2017 Annual Poster Contest – Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!
The New Jersey Conservation Poster Contest is an annual contest, sponsored by the NJ Department of Agriculture, the NJ Association of Conservation Districts and the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, which aims to promote a better understanding of the connection between natural resources and humans, in a fun and creative way that engages students throughout the county, state and nation. Download the 2017 Poster Contest Rules and Entry Form. Submit your poster entry to: Becky Laboy, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, 714 Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ 08731, by 4:00pm on March 9, 2017. For information please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, 609-971-7002 ext. 114, Education@soildistrict.org
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is proud to sponsor the 2017 Poster Contest. The 2017 Poster Contest theme is: Healthy Soils Are Full of Life! Productive soils are the foundation of any healthy ecosystem. As the world’s population grows and demand for food production increases, it’s essential that we work together to protect and enhance our soils.
The NJ Conservation 2017 Poster Contest is open to all students from grades 2-12, and is categorized according to grade groups. At the county level, the Ocean County Soil Conservation District will declare a First Place winner for each grade group. One Grand Champion Winner will be selected among the First Place winners, and will be awarded a $50 prize, and a $200 prize will be awarded to their school to support a school-based environmental project. All First Place winning entries from Ocean County will be submitted to the Statewide Competition where they will compete for cash prizes. The First Place prize at the Statewide Competition is $200, Second Place is $100 and Third Place receives $50. Winners from the Statewide Competition move on to the Nationals.
Start brainstorming your poster ideas! Research the topic “soils” and think about the theme, “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!”. Create a list of important uses of healthy soil. What are some reasons why you need healthy soil? Use available resources to help you. Find out what makes a good poster.
Still have questions? Contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, 609-971-7002 ext. 114 or Education@soildistrict.org
2017 Winning Entries – “Healthy Soils Are Full Of Life!”
Congratulations to the 2017 Ocean County Grand Champion Winner of the Annual Poster Contest: Grace Boyle, of Cedar Creek Elementary, Lanoka Harbor. OCSCD received numerous entries this year from many talented student artists. “Thank you” to all the students, their teachers and parents for supporting this important program. This year’s theme, “Healthy Soils Are full Of Life” reinforces the importance of healthy soil as the foundation of our food and forests, and the medium through which our water is cleaned and CO2 is sequestered. This year’s Poster Contest winning posters are featured below, along with the students’ important conservation message. One First Place Winner is selected from each Grade Group. One Grand Champion Winner is then selected from the 4 First Place Winners. The Grand Champion Winner this year received a $50 cash prize and a $200 prize towards an environmental project at their school.
Grand Champion Winner
and First Place (Grade Group 4-6): Grace Boyle
“My poster shows compost to make the soil rich and healthy. A tree has been growing for years in the rich soil. There are animals that found homes underground.” ~ Grace Boyle
First Place (Grade Group 2-3): Grace Byers
“My poster is about how worms and bugs live in the soil, and how grass and flowers grow out of the soil.” ~Grace Byers
First Place (Grade Group 7-9): Paiton Langan
“Soil is the root of all life.” ~Paiton Langan
First Place (Grade Group 10-12): Ben Werner
2016 Winning Entry – “We All Need Trees”
Congratulations to the 2016 Ocean County Grand Champion Winner of the Annual Poster Contest, Anthony Rivera, of Jackson Liberty High School, Jackson. “Thank you” to all of the talented students who submitted entries in 2016. The 2016 theme, “We All Need Trees” is an important one that affects all citizens. As Mr. Rivera stated, “Humans and trees are closely related. We should always have trees on our mind. Without trees humans cannot exist and earth would be gone.”
Grand Champion Winner: Anthony Rivera, Grade 12
2015 Winning Entries
“Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators”
Congratulations to the 2015 Grand Champion Winner of the Annual Poster Contest, Aleia Sabra of Sabra Enrichment School, Manahawkin! Thank you, and “great job” to all those who participated in the 2015 contest! The 2015 theme, “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators” is an important one that affects all citizens. 2015 participants learned that pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other creatures provide us with food, clean air and a safe place to live. Unfortunately, pollinators are in decline; there are many reasons for pollinator decline. This year’s poster contest participants shared reasons why pollinators are so important and offered solutions to increase pollinators and their habitats.
First Place: Grades 4-6
“My solution is to plant seeds everywhere!! We can protect the pollinators and keep them safe by planting seeds everywhere like valleys, meadows, and your own backyard!!” -Aleia Sabra, grade 6
First Place: Grades 2-3
“Pollinators are important because they help food grow so we can survive and we won’t have cloths like our sweaters and our jeans. That is why pollinators are important.” -Celestina Passiatore, grade 3
Honorable Mentions: All Entries
“My idea is to plant a butterfly garden.” – Liyana Sabra, grade 2
“My poster is about helping habitats for butterflies.” -Juliana Demitrowsky, grade 2
2013 Winning Entries “Where Does Your Water Shed?”