Soil & Water sponsors poster and essay contest

Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) 
announces an exciting opportunity for youth during the month of March.
The SWCD is hosting two conservation contests, a poster contest and an 
essay contest. Both contests are centered around the theme “Forests 
for People.”  Each has a $25 first-place prize, $15 second-place 
prize, and $10 third-place prize. The contests will be judged by the 
local SWCD board. Deadline is March 30.
The poster contest is for any youth between 5th and 6th grade. Posters 
should be related to a class assigned activity or an individual 
experience. The poster must express the theme “Forests for People.”  
The essay contest is for youth, ages 5th – 12th grade. The judging of 
the essay will be divided into age groups: elementary division, 5th - 
6th grade; junior division, 7th – 9th grade; and senior division, 10th 
– 12th grade. For the essay, youth will need to include their own 
experiences to bring that personal touch to their essay and explain 
what they see in their mind’s eye to make sure we always have healthy 
thriving forests.
For additional educational material, visit the Minnesota Association 
of Soil and Water Conservation District’s website at www.maswcd.org 
and click on Youth Education and the National Association of 
Conservation Districts website at www.nacdnet.org and click on 
Stewardship & Education, then Education Resources. For more 
information about the contest, contact the SWCD office at 
(218)-387-3647 or on the website: www.cookswcd.org.
This project was funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act, by 
NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource management, in conjunction 
with Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.