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2016 Poster Contest

2016 Poster Contest 


We all need trees logo NACD

2016 Contest Theme

We all need trees

Poster Categories

Poster category by grade:






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

Local districts or states may have different categories or rules for their contest.

Rules and Resources

Click here for the list of rules. |PDF| updated 8-14-15

Be sure to check your local contest and state rules as they may differ from the national rules.

Click here  for a list of resources. |PDF|

Additional Resources on the We all need trees education page CLICK HERE

Local and State Organizers

If you are a local or state organizer, you will find additional forms at the bottom of this page.

You will find, certificate template, flyer template, promotional PowerPoint, PowerPoint note pages, judging scorecard, We all need trees resource list, rules and resources and more.

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

No individual entries. All posters must go through a local contest sponsor by their local conservation district. Local conservation districts fill out the Local to State Form Poster Contest 2016 and include it with entries to your area or state contests.

State Entries must fill out the State to National Poster Contest 2016 before shipping their posters.  The state poster contest sponsor fills out this form.  No individual posters can be sent into the national contest.

National Entries

Each entry for the national contest must have the 2016 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.


NEW!! 2016 Contest!

The top three posters in each category of the national contest will receive monetary prizes. First place winners will receive $200 and second place winners will receive $150 and third place will receive $100. The NACD Auxiliary through their quilt project proceeds and the Albert I Pierce Foundation sponsor prizes at the national level

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


Download the new "We All Need Trees" logo

WeAllNeedTreesLogo NACD LR RGB

We All Need Trees Logo - (c)NACD


The download is from the NACD Flickr account


Flickr Instructions:

  1. Click the image you want to download.
  2. On the right-hand side, beneath the photo, you will see a bar containing the name of the file and several icons. Click the icon that looks like three dots - it's the last icon on the right, after the one that looks like two arrows.
  3. When you click the icon, a menu will pop up. Select "view all sizes."
  4. There are several options for sizes on this page, from small to large.
  5. Click "download the (selected size) size of this photo."
  1. Open with your preferred image program and save to your computer.

Additional Resources for Local and State Organizers


We all need trees - education page - CLICK HERE

  • Rules for 2016 Poster Contest |PDF|  ver 2 - updated 8-14-15
  • Resource list of poster theme, "We all need trees" | PDF |
  • What Makes a Good Poster? | PDF |
  • National Visual Arts Standards
  • 2016 Poster Contest PowerPoint | PPT |
  • PowerPoint Note pages | PDF |
  • Entry Form Template |DOC|
  • Poster Contest Flyer Template |DOC|
  • Judging Score Card  |DOC
  • What Makes a Good Poster and District Poster Contest Ideas |PDF|
  • Certificate Template # 1- |DOC|
  • Certificate Template # 2 -|DOC|



  • Local/Area to State Contest |PDF|
  • State to National Contest |PDF|

Questions? Contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Additional Information

Posters will only be accepted from state poster contest organizers.

Your state winning poster(s) can be submitted by JPEG format to save on shipping. You may send one JPEG of each overall poster and/or 5 JPEG’s of winning poster in each category consisting of 1 of overall poster and 4 of the poster divided into ¼ sections. Please label each poster with State_GradeLevel_LastName of winner. Also scan their entry form and send as a PDF file with poster JPEGs. Send each photo and entry form together for each entry in separate emails for each person. Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Please fill out the state to national form for development of certificates for participants and data input. It assists greatly when you send a copy of the form with your state entries as a packing slip for repackage back to your state. State organizers are encouraged to use the cheapest form of shipping. If sending through your local post office, please add delivery confirmation to track your package. Posters should be sent flat, between 2 pieces of cardboard sealed all the way around the cardboard. Please make your package just a 1/2 inch larger than your posters. If you make the package too large or thick it may incur additional charges for the size. We encourage you to have your local and or area contest participants fill out the form to send to your state contest so that we can gather an accurate number of posters created across the nation.

Only posters from the state poster contest organization will be accepted for judging at the national level.

Winning state posters should be sent to:

NACD National Poster Contest
509 Capital Court NE
Washington, DC 20002

If using the Option JPEG format – email those to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Do not send both mailed posters and JPEG posters (see information above on JPEG). You must select only one.

NOTE: Some states are also considering using a JPEG format for submission to their state contest.