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Poster Contest

Each year, Butler SWCD works with local young artists to create posters focusing on a conservation message. This year's theme is

“May the forest be with you always"

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

Entry Form


  • 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.

Contest Rules


  • 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 must be NO LARGER THAN 11” x 17”, as we must scan in all winning entries to send forward in the competition.

  • Posters should be packaged so they remain flat when sent for judging.

  • The title “May the forest be with you always” 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 parent 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.


Resource List

This theme underscores the critical interplay between soil and water conservation and the resilience of our forests. Forests play multifaceted roles in sustaining our planet, serving as sources of oxygen, carbon storage, and vibrant hubs of biodiversity. They function as steadfast protectors of soil and water resources, preventing erosion, purifying contaminants, and nurturing healthy watersheds.

In today’s context, marked by environmental challenges, resilient forests are indispensable in fostering a sustainable world. The phrase “May the Forest Be with You, Always” signifies our commitment to responsible forest stewardship, emphasizing their enduring strength and adaptability

More info will be added here shortly.

Who Can Participate?

The poster contest is open to all public, private, and home-schooled students in grades K-12.


Age Categories:

K—1st Grade

2nd—3rd Grade

4th—6th Grade

7th—9th Grade

10th—12th Grade

Judging Guidelines


  • 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 June 21, 2024 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.


If you have any questions, please contact Butler SWCD at

2022 Winners


Winner: James Despoth


Winner: Lily Guthrie

Runner Up: Mila Frazier


Winner: Isabel Esteves


Winner: Sydney Hall

Runner Up: Leah Thompson


Winner: Makena Payne

Runner Up: Calli Stafford

2021 Winners


Winner: Matthew Davis


Winner: AnnMarie Davis

Runner Up: Ace Curp


Winner: Lillian Carpenter

Runner Up:  Megan Clarke

Honorable Mention: Katelyn Crim


Winner: Jaden York

Runner Up:  Ava Gray

Honorable Mention: Emily Asher

Honorable Mention: Megan Phelps

2020 Winners


Winner: Caroline Eckert

Runner Up; Lincoln DeBruler

Honorable Mention: Matthew Davis


Winner: Lincoln Puthoff

Runner Up: Grayson Wagle

Honorable Mention: Nicholia Haralamos


Winner: CNathanael DeBruler

Runner Up: AnnMarie Davis

Honorable Mentions: Hayden Wagle & Graydon Lynch


Winner: Jordan Lehman

2019 Winners

Theme: Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper!


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

2018 Winners
Theme: Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home
K-1 Grade Winner

Lincoln Puthoff

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


Jordan Ash

4-6 Grade Runner Up


Carlee Holt

2017 Winners
Theme: Healthy Soils are full of life
K-1 Grade


1st Place

Harmony Cook, Ridgeway Elementary

2-3 Grade


1st Place

Jessica Giuliano, Ridgeway Elementary

4-6 Grade


1st Place

Jennah Huff, Elda Elementary

7-8 Grade


1st Place

Saad Khan, Spring Garden Academy

K-1 Grade


Runner Up

Grayson Huff, Elda Elementary

2-3 Grade


Runner Up

Anna Gallier, Homeschooled

4-6 Grade


Runner Up

Emma Robbins, Homeschooled

7-8 Grade


Runner Up

Amanda Robbins, Homeschooled

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