This year's theme is "Watersheds, Our Water, and Our Home". Water benefits each and every person. They provide us food, drink, building materials, and so much more.

  • Soils serve as media for the growth of all kinds of plants.
  • Soils are complex mixtures of minerals, water, air, organic matter, and countless organisms
  • Soils modify the atmosphere by emitting and absorbing gases (carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor, and the like) and dust.
  • Soils provide habitat for animals that live in the soil (such as groundhogs and mice) to organisms (such as bacteria and fungi), that account for most of the living things on Earth.
  • Soils absorb, hold, release, alter, and purify most of the water in terrestrial systems.
  • Soils process recycled nutrients, including carbon, so that living things can use them over and over again.
  • Soils serve as engineering media for construction of foundations, roadbeds, dams, and buildings, and preserve or destroy artifacts of human endeavors.
  • Soils act as a living filter to clean water before it moves into an aquifer.

Contest Information

Find all the resources and information you need on this year's contest sponsored by the North Platte Natural Resources District.

The deadline to enter is November 8, 2019!

Contest Rules

  1. Open to all Elementary students in Banner, Garden, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, and southern Sioux Counties. Age categories are:
    • K-1
    • 2-3
    • 4-6
    • 7-8
    • 9-12
  2. Any media may be used to create a flat or two-dimensional effect (paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, paper or other materials).
  3. The poster size must be between 8.5? x 11?.
  4. All posters must have the student’s full name, age, grade, and school attached to the back of the poster.
  5. All posters must be created by an individual student rather than a team of students.
  6. Although younger students will most likely receive help in planning from parents or teachers, we encourage each student to do as much of the work as possible by him/herself.
  7. First-place winners in each age division will receive a prize and media recognition.
  8. Entries can be mailed in a large manila envelope to North Platte NRD, Poster Contest, P.O. Box 280, Scottsbluff, NE 69363 or dropped off at our office at 100547 Airport Road, Scottsbluff.
  9. Prizes will be given to first, second, and third places for each division.

Poster Evaluations

The posters will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Conservation message
  • Neatness
  • Visual effectiveness
  • Originality
  • Universal appeal
More Information

For more information, contact Amanda Shepperd at the NPNRD at 308-632-2749 or email her at  


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