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About the Poster Contest

Montana’s CDs hold a statewide competition each year for posters of a certain conservation theme. This year’s theme is “May the Forest Be With You”. The winners of Montana’s competition (deadline: October 15th, 2024) will then be entered into the national competition administered by NACD. The poster contest is open to public, private and home-schooled students.

The annual NACD and NACD Auxiliary Poster Contest provides students from kindergarten through 12th grade the chance to have their art displayed as part of a national conservation outreach initiative. Each year, the winning posters reflect NACD’s annual Stewardship theme and highlight the work of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies to protect and enhance natural resources. The contest starts at the district level; winners advance to the state level, and then to the national level, where they receive recognition at NACD’s annual meeting.


Montana State Competition Awards
The 1st place winner in each age category will receive:

  • K-1st, 2nd-3rd: $25
  • 4th-6th, 7th-9th, 10th-12th: $50

National Contest Awards
The top three posters in each category of the national contest will receive monetary prizes. First-place winners will receive $200; second place winners will receive $150 and third place winners will receive $100. The NACD Auxiliary – through their quilt project proceeds, the Country Store at the NACD Annual Meeting and individual donors – sponsor prizes at the national level.


Submission Guidelines

All poster submissions must be sponsored by a local conservation district.


  1. Include this Entry Form for each poster
  2. Include this Local to State Form

Electronic submissions are accepted this year for the Montana Competition – photos or scanned copies of the hand-drawn posters both work. The electronic submission should capture the original poster without editing, and images should be clear (not blurry), well-lit and well-framed.

Name the JPEG file for each poster submitted electronically in the following format: State_GradeLevel_LastName



"Call for Submissions" flyer template for conservation districts

Use the MACD template to help spread the word about the contest in your local area.

More information is available on the NACD Poster Contest Webpage.

NACD Poster Contest Webpage

2023 State Winners

Winners of the 2023 Poster Contest “One Water” will advance to the National Competition for judging in February 2024.


Cote French
Phillips Conservation District


Carson Hofer
Phillips Conservation District

Isabelle Hofer
Phillips Conservation District


Keaghan Smith
Petroleum County Conservation District

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