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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Elkhorn Creek-Photo by David Hargis

Division of Conservation
Art and Writing Contest

Thousands of students have participated in the Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contests. Introduced in 1974 and 1944, respectively, the contests educate students on soil, water, forestry and wildlife conservation. Students take the knowledge they have gained and transform it into creative art work and essays. Students can earn monetary prizes on the county, regional and state levels. They are also recognized each year by conservation districts around the state.

For many years, the Louisville-based Courier Journal was a major sponsor of the contest through the printing of the contest tabloids and sponsoring of U.S. Savings Bonds. In 2008, the contest entered a new era by only publishing its tabloid online.

The contest is made possible through the hard work and dedication of sponsors such as the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts and 121 conservation districts across the state.   


 Current Art and Writing Information

Art Certificate
District Report
Essay Certificate
Principal's Report
Soil Contest Flyer
Teacher Certificate
The Soil Daily Times

 2013 Art Winners

State 1st Place
State 2nd Place
State 3rd Place

 2012 Art Contest Winners

2012 Art Winner
2012 Art 2nd Place
2012 Art 3rd Place