Poster Contest

This poster contest is open to all Charles County students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Contestants may submit from a public, private, or homeschool, from an organization (4-H, Girl Scouts, etc.), or independently.

Designing a poster and researching the theme can give you a voice in your community on important conservation issues! Posters capture people’s attention and tell important stories in a language that everyone can understand. They inspire, increase awareness, and encourage us to work together to protect our natural resources for present and future generations.

2019 Theme– Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper

Soil is a dirty topic, but everyone needs to learn more about it! Soil is the foundation for many of the items we use in our daily life, such as food, clothing, clean water, homes and more. Healthy soil equals healthy food, which equals a healthy you. Don’t treat your soil like dirt!

Due Date: May 17, 2019


  1. Poster size must be 14″ x 22″.
  2. Any media may be used on poster paper to create a flat or two-dimensional effect (paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers, paper, etc.).
  3. The poster must be an original creation of the contestant and may not be traced from photographs or other artists’ works.
  4. All posters must be created by an individual student, not a team of students.
  5. The theme “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper” must be on your poster. Do not use any other title.
  6. Names must be on the back of posters and must have the entry form signed to be eligible for judging.
  7. Posters should be packaged so they remain flat when sent for judging.
2018 Poster Contest Winners at both the county and state levels, Gabrielle and Madelyn Lehrter

Evaluation Criteria

Conservation message, 50%
Visual effectiveness, 30%
Originality, 10%
Universal appeal, 10%


1st Place in each grade group: Gift card & entry to the Maryland state contest
2nd Place in each grade group: Gift card
State winners will be eligible for NACD National Poster Contest and prizes ($100-200 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd per grade group).

2018 Contest Winners

Grades K–1 Gabrielle Lehrter – Malcolm Elementary
Grades 2–3 Madelyn Lehrter – Malcolm Elementary
Grades 7–9 Isabella Santoro – Piccowaxen Middle

For additional information please visit or contact Dee Dee Saunders at or (301) 638-3028.