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Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Conservation Awareness Poster Contest

contest logo featuring a blue wave under the words One Water

The Dane County Land & Water Resources Department invites all kindergarten through 12th grade students in Dane County to participate in the 2023 Conservation Awareness Poster Contest.  The annual competition encourages students to showcase their creativity and express their thoughts on conservation practices.

The theme for the 2022-2023 school year is “One Water”.    

The contest is open to all Dane County public, private and home-schooled students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Submissions will be evaluated in five different age divisions: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. The top three posters in each category will receive prizes. First place winners: $20; Second place winners: $15; and third place winners: $10.  Each of the 1st place division winners will advance to the area competition, with a chance for their poster to win further prizes at the state and national level!

Posters and entry forms (see below) are due by 5:00 p.m. on January 13, 2023 to the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department. Blank posters and entry forms will be made available for interested participants upon request.

New this year: In addition to the K-12 poster contest we have created water themed coloring pages for our pre-Kindergarten friends around the county! These are available to download and print at the buttons below. Young artists are invited to send in or drop off their coloring page to be entered to win a prize!



Poster Contest Guidelines

  • Posters must be created by an individual student, not a group or team of students.
  • Any media may be used, including paint, crayon, marker, colored pencil, paper or other materials.
  • Hand drawn or created only. No computer-generated posters will be accepted.
  • Posters must be either 12”x18” or 14”x22” in size.
  • Participants must include the 2022 theme “One Water” written somewhere on the poster.
  • Each poster must have a completed entry form attached that is signed by a parent or guardian.

Educational Resources on Water

    There are so many important ways water impacts our lives and the world around us. We’ve gathered some educational materials from various partners for families and educators.  

    One Water Educational Powerpoint (National Association of Conservation Districts)
    Ripple Effects
    Stormwater in Dane County Animation Video
    Dane County Natural Resource Education Center (Extension Dane County)
    Eek! Environmental Education for Kids (EEK Wisconsin)
    WaterSense for Kids (EPA)
    Water Science School (USGS)
    Lessons Plans and Teacher Guides for Educators (EPA)
    Teacher's Resources for Water Education (USGS)
    Groundwater Educational Materials (WI DNR)
    Environmental Education in the Upper Sugar River Watershed (USRWA)


    If you have additional questions or are interested in participating as a classroom or other community group, please contact:

    Erin Moran, Conservation Outreach Specialist
    5201 Fen Oak Dr., #208, Madison, WI  53718
    (608) 244-3730 (office) / (608) 575-4350 (cell)