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2014 Poster Contest - Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil


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Poster Contest News Release for national winners and participants  (CLICK HERE)


Thank you for your interest in the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) 2014 Poster Contest. DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the soil. Soil is an amazing substance. A complex mix of minerals, air, and water, soil also teems with countless micro-organisms, and the decaying remains of once-living things. Soil is made of life and soil makes life.

To the farmer, soil is where crops grow.
To the engineer, soil is a foundation upon which to build.
To the ecologist, soil supports communities of living things.
To the archaeologist, soil holds clues to past cultures.
To the city dweller, soil nurtures grass and gardens.

To the soil scientist, soil is all of these things. 

Soil has been called "the skin of the earth" because it is the thin outermost layer of the Earth's crust.
Like our own skin, we can't live without soil.
Source: Soil Science Society of America

2014 Contest Theme

DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the Soil



Poster Categories

Poster category by grade:

  • K-1
  • 2-3
  • 4-6
  • 7-9
  • 10-12

The contest is open to public, private or home school students.

Local districts or states may have additional categories.

Rules and Resources

Click here for a full list (PDF) of rules and resources.

Local and State Organizers

Click here for more information if you are a local or state organizer.

To enter the contest

Entries at the local and state contest must follow the rules and dates for when your poster is due that is set by local organizers.

Local contests are held by your local conservation district. Rules may differ from the national contest rules. To find your local conservation district, click here.

Local and state entries

All local contests: please fill out the Local Contest Posters to State Contest Form and include it with entries to area or state contests.

State Entries must fill out state to national poster contest form before shipping their posters.

National Entries

Each entry for the national contest must have the 2014 Poster Contest Entry Form filled out and signed by guardian or parent to be judged. Posters can only be submitted to the national contest after participating in their local or area conservation district contest. Winners at the local/area level are then sent to be judged at your state level. You must follow the time frame set at the local and state level. Click here to find your local district.


The top two posters in each category of the national contest will receive monetary prizes. First place winners will receive $100 and second place winners will receive $75. Prizes at the national level are sponsored by the NACD Auxiliary.
Please note: Only posters judged at the local and state level are eligible for the national contest.

Other Useful Tools and Information for participants to design their posters

Overview and resource list of poster theme, "Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil" | PDF |

What Makes a Good Poster? | PDF |

National Visual Arts Standards

2014 Poster Contest PowerPoint | PPT |

PowerPoint Notepages | PDF |

Questions? Contact Susan Schultz, NACD's Stewardship and Education Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.