The annual conservation poster contest provides kindergarteners through twelfth graders with an opportunity to share their thoughts about water and related natural resource issues. Posters are evaluated on the following criteria: conservation message, originality, visual effectiveness, and universal appeal.
The National Association of Conservation Districts determines the annual stewardship theme. This year's theme is, "Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home"
Click below to download the contest entry form, or the poster contest flyer.
As a poster wins first place in a contest, it proceeds to the next level contest as listed below:
- Local contest - Entry Deadline March 13, 2018, Winners notified March 26, 2018
- Area contest - April 14, 2018
- State contest - August 25, 2018
- National contest - February 2019
The 15th annual Lake Regional Envirothon will be held on March 29, 2018. Lake County middle and high school students will compete at the Hickory Point Recreational Facility in Tavares in a natural resources education event, which includes a written exam and hands-on investigations.
The five-member teams are led by an advisor in studying prepared resource materials on aquatics, forestry, wildlife, soils and a selected current environmental issue, which for 2018 is "Rangeland Management: Balancing Diverse Views.”
See the participants of the 2017 Lake Regional Envirothon here.
The annual Land Judging competition will be held on February 23, 2018 in Sumter County and hosted by Sumter Soil & Water Conservation District. Middle and high school students in Future Farmers of America are invited to test their knowledge by judging soils from four pits that are selected by a Soil Scientist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Participants mark individual scorecards for evaluation of soil characteristics and how they relate to farming, range management, and homesite construction. The skills the teens use at the contest involve principles that can be valuable in career fields like environmental and agricultural management, natural resources conservation, home building, engineering, and construction.
1st Place Clermont Middle School FFA
Nick Kavascev, Madison Carr, Ella Jackson, and Kyla Schlickau are presented with blue ribbons and a plaque at the Florida Land Judging Contest in Hillsborough County, March 2017.
The Lake Soil & Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Florida Forest Service, will give away 500 Chickasaw Plum saplings at the City of Tavares Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, January 20, in Wooton Park. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.