The Kent, New Castle and Sussex Conservation Districts are accepting entries in their annual conservation poster contest for K-12 students in Delaware’s public, charter, private or home schools.

The deadline for poster entries is Oct. 20.

Posters will be judged on the 2017 theme, “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life,” in the following grade categories: K-1, second to third, fourth to sixth, seventh to ninth and 10th to 12th. First-, second- and third-place winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $50, $25 and $15, respectively. The state-level winning posters also will receive a cash award from the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts.

In addition to regular posters, a special category for computer-generated posters is open to high school students in grades nine through 12 who take a graphics art/computer class or program of study. These entries will be judged at the county/state level only and will not be eligible for national judging.

Each conservation district will submit first-place posters in each grade category for judging at the state level. In the event that an insufficient number of posters are received at the county level, county level judging will be eliminated, and posters will be judged at the state level. First-place posters in each grade level will be entered into the national conservation district poster contest, with winners to be displayed during the National Association of Conservation District’s conference, set for Jan. 27-31, 2018, in Nashville.

The student’s name, grade level, teacher and school must be clearly and legibly printed on the back of the poster. Posters must be hand-delivered or mailed in time to the meet the deadline to the conservation district office in the county in which the student resides. Mailing addresses are

— New Castle Conservation District, 2430 Old County Road, Newark, DE 19702.

— Kent Conservation District, 800 Bay Road, Suite 2, Dover, DE 19901.

— Sussex Conservation District, 21315 Berlin Road, Unit 4, Georgetown, DE 19947.

The annual conservation poster contest provides students with an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. The contest also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The contest follows the annual stewardship theme developed and sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.

“Healthy Soils Are Full of Life,” this year’s theme, is a reminder of the benefits that healthy and productive soils provide for food, fiber, habitat and clean water.

For more about the theme and poster contest guidelines, visit bit.ly/2dyiXZd.

For more, visit newcastleconservationdistrict.org, kentcd.org or sussexconservation.org; call 832-3100, ext. 8979; or by email rick.mickowski@state.de.us.