Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper
Each year, Butler SWCD works with local young artists to create posters focusing on a conservation message. This year's theme is
“Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper."
We will pick local winners to represent each grade band to the State Competition. The State will pick winners and send to the National Competition. Butler County has had several state winners in the past.
Designing a poster and researching the theme can give you a voice in your community on important conservation issues. Good posters tell important stories to present and future generations. Posters capture people’s attention with a powerful graphic and inspire with a message for your community
First place winners will be sent on to the state poster contest this July
Winner: Lincoln Puthoff
Runner Up: Sarah Gallier
Winner: Colin Kelley
Runner Up: Ann Marie Davis
Honorable Mention: Saanvi Patel
Winner: Elliana Chasteen
Runner Up: Lena Gallier
Honorable Mention: Ashley Rose Shull
Winner: Jordan Lehman
All posters must have the official National entry form securely attached to be included in the contest. Please see the pdf below for the form.
Any media may be used- paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers, paper or other materials on regular posters.
All posters must be created by an individual student rather than a team of students.
Poster size: The poster can be any size. State winners will be photographed or scanned and sent to the national contest.
The title “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper” must be on your poster.
Each entry must have signed entry form to be eligible for judging.
Although younger students will most likely receive help in planning from parents or teachers, NACD encourages each student to do as much of the work as possible by him/herself. Entries completed by students in their own writing and coloring will score better than those designed, drawn and colored by adult assistance.
Conservation message(Poster uses correct theme) (50 percent)
Visual effectiveness (30 percent)
Originality (10 percent) and
Universal appeal (10 percent)
Entries must be received by Butler SWCD by Friday, May 10, 2019 by 4 pm.
Posters sent straight to the state or national contest will NOT be judged. They must be judged in the county contest on order to advance.
Who Can Participate?
The poster contest is open to all public, private, and home-schooled students in grades K-12.
Visit the websites below when researching information related to your project. Check your local library for more resources.
Dr. Dirt: K-12 Teaching Resources
Bureau of Land Management: Soil for Kids:
Soil Science of America
eSchool Today: All About Soils
Life Under Your Feet
Soil for Schools: An Educational Resource for Information on Soil Science https://www.soil-net.com/legacy/schools/index.htm
Purple Plow Challenge: Soil and Food Challenges for 5—8 Grades http://www.purpleplowchallenge.org/about/
USDS NRCS: Soil Education for K – 6 Grades
If you have any questions, please contact Butler SWCD at
Theme: Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home
K-1 Grade Winner
Lincoln won the state contest for his age group. We are waiting to hear how e does in the national contest which will be held at the end of January.
4-6 Grade Winner
4-6 Grade Runner Up
Theme: Healthy Soils are full of life
Harmony Cook, Ridgeway Elementary
Jessica Giuliano, Ridgeway Elementary
Jennah Huff, Elda Elementary
Saad Khan, Spring Garden Academy
Grayson Huff, Elda Elementary
Anna Gallier, Homeschooled
Emma Robbins, Homeschooled
Amanda Robbins, Homeschooled