The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has proclaimed April 26 – May 3, 2020, as Stewardship Week, marking the 65th year of the national event. In celebration of Stewardship Week, Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a Poster Contest. Corresponding with stewardship week, the Poster Contest is themed, “Where Would We Bee Without Pollinators?” The grocery stores would be rather empty without the hard work of bees, birds, butterflies, bats and other pollinators. More than 80 percent of the world’s plants need pollinators to survive, including many that provide the food we eat. But today, many pollinators are in trouble and in decline. When pollinators shrink in number, many plants either produce less seed or no seed at all.
The purpose of the contest is to encourage in our youth a connection to the important benefit of protecting our soil and water resources. All students from public, private, and home schools are encouraged to enter. Posters must measure 14 inches x 22 inches, must be submitted to the Geauga SWCD office at 14269 Claridon-Troy Road, Burton, on or before Friday, May 22, 2020. The Geauga SWCD is offering a first and second place prize in each category. Categories are by grade and are as follows: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The first place winners in each category will move on to the state competition and then National.
For information about Stewardship Week and the Conservation Poster Contest, contact Geauga SWCD at 1-440-834-1122 or www.geaugaswcd.com. Information about Stewardship Week is available on the NACD website, www.nacdnet.org.