NJ Conservation 2016 Annual Poster Contest – We All Need Trees – Coming Soon!
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.
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is proud to sponsor the 2016 Poster Contest. The 2016 Poster Contest theme is: We All Need Trees. Trees are a vital part of our world and essential for living organisms. Trees remove carbon dioxide from our atmosphere and convert it into oxygen we need to breathe. Tree roots stabilize the soil and prevent erosion. Trees improve water quality by slowing and filtering rain water, and protect our aquifers and watershed. Trees provide us with shade, food, products, furniture and homes. With so many important end uses of trees, its no wonder We All Need Trees!
The NJ Conservation 2016 Poster Contest official rules will be announced and posted in September, 2015. The contest is open to all students from grades K-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 $250 prize toward an environmental project at their school. 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. To participate, teachers will find information on the Poster Contest Website – check back next month for more information about the 2016 poster contest.
Start brainstorming your poster ideas. Research the topic “trees” and think about the theme, “We All Need Trees”. Create a list of important uses of trees. What are some reasons why you need trees? Use available website resources to help you. Find out what makes a good poster.
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?”