NJ Conservation Annual Poster Contest

Timmy Cheung, First Place Winner in Grade Group 10-12, proudly displays his certificate, ribbon and winning poster.

The New Jersey Conservation Poster Contest is an annual contest sponsored by the NJ Department of Agriculture, the NJ Association of Conservation Districts and the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, which aims to promote a better understanding of the connection between natural resources and humans, in a fun and creative way that engages students throughout the county, state and nation.

The Ocean County contest is open to students in grades 2-12. Cash prizes are awarded!

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The information below is specific to residents of Ocean County. To find out how to enter this contest through your own local Soil District, please visit the National Association of Conservation Districts info page and locate the contact information for your county. 

Download the rules and entry form for the Annual Conservation Poster Contest for Ocean County NJ. All Ocean County entries must be received or post-marked by March 1, 2020.

Questions? Call Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, 609-971-7002 ext. 114 or Contact Us

2020 Winning Entries
“Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?”

Congratulations to all our 2020 Winners!

The NJ Conservation Poster Contest is open to all students in New Jersey from grades 2-12, and is categorized according to grade groups.  At the county level, the Ocean County Soil Conservation District will declare a First Place winner for each grade group. Our Grand Champion Winner is selected among the First Place winners, and is awarded a $50 prize. All First Place winning entries from Ocean County are submitted to the NJ Statewide Competition where they will compete for cash prizes. The First Place prize at the NJ Statewide Competition is $200, Second Place is $100 and Third Place receives $50. Winners from the Statewide Competition move on to compete in the Nationals.

Grand Champion Winner (Grade Group 10-12): Timmy Cheung

“Pollination is vital to life on our planet as bees and other pollinators create and maintain ecosystems that ensure the stability of our beautiful Earth. Bees are not the only pollinators as they include a wide variety of animals in which they play a crucial part in every aspect of the environment. As a student and a human being, I hope with my poster, one can see the symbolism behind everything in hopes of “stinging” the simple truth of the importance of pollinators and the roll they play in our lives as without pollinators we would not survive.”

Timmy Cheung, Grade 11, New Egypt High School

First Place Winner (Grade Group 7-9): Holly Depasquale

“I joined the contest because I took it as an opportunity to show my drawing to others and what I drew is 2 bee’s getting their nutrients from the pollen in the flower so it can make honey. If we didn’t have bee’s, we wouldn’t be here today.”

Holly Depasquale, Grade 7, Lake Riviera Middle School

First Place Winner (Grade Group 4-6): Lucia Street

“My name is Lucia Street from Ocean County. I want more people “Bee”ing kind to bees and other pollinators. My favorite pollinator is the ruby throated hummingbird.”

Lucia Street, Grade 4, Berkeley Township

2019 Winning Entries “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper”

Grand Champion Winner and First Place (Grade Group 4-6): Summer Sprague

“Soil cleans our water and increases the amount of available ground to farm. We must protect the soil to protect life. My poster shows the soil with all of the organisms helping make the soil and provide the food to the tree which is life.”

Summer Sprague, Grade 4, Tuckerton

First Place (Grade Group 2-3): Owen Hughes

“Healthy plants need healthy soil. Plant native, it helps your plant retane. Let plants be healthy, water and feed them every day.”

Owen Hughes, Grade 3, Beach Haven

First Place (Grade Group 7-9): Arina Svirska

“The person on my drawing describes soil. Soil should be treated like a person because soil is a living thing not a factory. Soil/person in my drawing shows a happy soil, that’s why there are flowers. Life is soil.”

Arina Svirska, Grade 8, Lake Riviera Middle School

First Place (Grade Group 10-12): Timmy Cheung

“Conservation is a key for our environment, but also for our future. This is our environment so we should take action for not only a better environment, but also a better future too.”

Timmy Cheung, Grade 10, New Egypt High School

2018 Winning Entries – “Watersheds
Our Water, Our Home”

Grand Champion Winner and First Place
(Grade Group 4-6): Summer Sprague

“My poster is about watersheds. The girl standing on earth is me. The water drops show where the water goes near my home. Hope you enjoy!”

Summer Sprague, Grade 3, Tuckerton

First Place (Grade Group 7-9): Maria Cerezo-Serrano

“Part of the poster shows how our watersheds look like if we clean and not pollute. The other side shows how it looks if we keep polluting. We should keep clean the watersheds just like how we want our homes to be clean.”

Maria Cerezo-Serrano, Grade 8, Lake Riviera Middle School, Brick

First Place (Grade Group 10-12): Chloe Lewis

“It is crucial to me that we inform people of the importance of watersheds because they affect all kinds of life. My poster portrays their significance to organisms. From plants, to animals, to humans, our watersheds impact everything and thusly must be protected.”

Chloe Lewis, Grade 12, New Egypt High School, New Egypt

2017 Winning Entries – “Healthy Soils Are Full Of Life!”

Congratulations to the 2017 Ocean County Grand Champion Winner of the Annual Poster Contest: Grace Boyle, of Cedar Creek Elementary, Lanoka Harbor.

The 2017 theme, “Healthy Soils Are Full Of Life” reinforces the importance of healthy soil as the foundation of our food and forests, and the medium through which our water is cleaned and CO2 is sequestered. This year’s Poster Contest winning posters are featured below, along with the students’ important conservation message.

One First Place Winner is selected from each Grade Group. One Grand Champion Winner is then selected from the 4 First Place Winners. The Grand Champion Winner this year received a $50 cash prize and a $200 prize towards an environmental project at their school.

Grand Champion Winner and First Place (Grade Group 4-6): Grace Boyle

“My poster shows compost to make the soil rich and healthy. A tree has been growing for years in the rich soil. There are animals that found homes underground.”

Grace Boyle, Grade 4, Cedar Creek Elementary School, Lanoka Harbor

First Place (Grade Group 2-3): Grace Byers

“My poster is about how worms and bugs live in the soil, and how grass and flowers grow out of the soil.”

Grace Byers, Grade 2, Midstreams Elementary School, Brick

First Place (Grade Group 7-9): Paiton Langan

“Soil is the root of all life.”

Paiton Langan, Grade 8, Memorial Middle School, Point Borough

First Place (Grade Group 10-12): Ben Werner

Ben Werner, Grade 11, Lacey Twp High School, Lanoka Harbor