The Kentucky Division of Conservation sponsors the Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contests each year. Introduced in 1974 and 1944, respectively, the contest topic rotates between soil, water, forestry and wildlife conservation. Students take the knowledge they have gained and transform it into creative art work and essays. Materials, including a student brochure with teaching guide, are available in early September. Student entries are due December 1 to the local conservation district. Prizes are awarded on county, area, and state levels.
Celebrated each year during the last week of April and first week of May, this event focuses on the importance of conservation. The theme varies each year, but the emphasis is always on stewardship and what individuals can do to help protect our precious natural resources. A variety of materials are available
Sponsored by Canon, this competitive, problem-solving, natural resources experience is for students in grades 9 - 12. The topics are soils, forestry, water, and wildlife, with a selected environmental issue each year. State winners progress to national competition. Prizes, including the national prize of $25,000 in scholarships, are awarded at all levels of competition. Teams of five students are formed in a school. School teams must be registered with their Conservation District by December 1. Regional and state competitions are in April and May.
Nominations are due May 1, for the Conservation Education Teacher of the Year. There have been two Kentucky state winners and a national regional winner from northern Kentucky in recent years. The contest is open to all full-time educators of grades K - 12 who are using conservation as a teaching tool in all aspects of their classroom and school. Community outreach is an important program of a well-rounded conservation education program. Both elementary and secondary teachers are honored at the county and state levels
Students entering grades 11 - 12 in the next school year are eligible to apply for Forestry Leadership Camp, a week-long experience in Forestry held the first week of June at Jabez, near Lake Cumberland. Scholarships and applications are available through your county conservation district. Help one of your students discover a career, and a future, in Forestry! Application deadline is May 1.
The Conservation District offers Professional Development Workshops for formal and informal educators to become certified in the Project Wet, Project Wild, and Project Learning Tree curriculums. Contact our District Coordinator to learn more!