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National Association of Conservation Districts' Poster Contest

The Annual NACD Poster Contest provides K-12 students the chance to have their art displayed as part of a national conservation outreach initiative. The contest starts at the district or county level in the late summer; winners advance to the state level, and then to the national level, where they receive recognition at NACD’s annual meeting in February.

  • Any media may be used, including paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers, paper, or other materials on Poster Paper 14" X 22"

  • All posters must be created by an individual student, rather than a team of students. Entry must be the contestant's original creation and may not be traced from photographs or other artists' published works. 


Note: For grades 7-12 digital posters are acceptable only in 8.5in x 11in (portrait or landscape), however, digital posters must be original art and shall not include any copyrighted, trademarked, or branded marks, images or phrases besides the NACD themed logo if desired.

When do I have to submit the posters?

2023 Local Poster Contests should be submitted by October 10th for Local Entries and October 28th for State Entries (1st Place Winners from each county). Posters submitted to Missaukee Conservation District are considered for the state level winners for each grade eligible for a cash prize and those 1st place posters moves on to Nationals. 

At a state level contest prizes in each category will get a prize in the form of a gift card to a locally found store decided by the local conservation district.  

1st place = $40 

2nd place= $25 

3rd place = $10

The first place posters will go on to compete against posters from around the country. The top three posters in each (school grade) category of the national contest will receive monetary prizes sponsored by the NACD Auxiliary. 

First place = $200

Second place = $150 

Third place = $100. 

Missaukee County schools and student groups can reach out to schedule a program and learn about our waters from the Conservation Technician Erin Horton. Call our office at 231.839.7193 or email at

Attention Fellow Conservation Districts:

If you would like to reach out to Melissa Eldridge for more information and logistics on how to proceed with poster submissions and other questions regarding the contest, her email is

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