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Earth Day: poster contest information

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Earth Day: poster contest information

EGLE invites students in kindergarten through 5th grade to enter the annual Michigan Earth Day Poster Contest! Prizes are awarded for 1st and 2nd place winners in each grade.

Students should include wildlife, plants, land, or freshwater ecosystems native to Michigan in their Earth Day2024 Poster. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2024, we are also accepting posters that highlight the importance of safe drinking water and source water protection and will award one 1st and one 2nd place prize for this category.

Contest rules

  • Posters can be hand-drawn or created on a computer. Each poster must be uniquely created by one student. If fashioned by hand, the submitter must take a photo of it and save it to a JPG file.
  • Each school will hold their own contest and submit only the top three (3) posters per grade (K-5) for each school.
  • The poster JPG file must be inserted into the PowerPoint template provided and submitted electronically by March 8, 2024 to EGLE-EarthDay@Michigan.gov.The email submission must contain the name, title, address for the sender and for the school. The contest only excepts submissions that contain the correct power point slide, with the poster JPG file.
  • For judging purposes, a horizontal or landscape orientation is recommended for the poster because it presents better in a Microsoft PowerPoint slide.

Posters will be judged based on the student’s creative use of native Michigan wildlife, plants, land, freshwater ecosystems, or depiction of the importance of clean drinking water. Winners of the contest will be notified by April 5, 2024. The winning posters will be posted the week of April 22, 2024, on the Earth Day webpage.  

Thank you to the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for sponsoring the Earth Day Poster Contest!