Earth Day bookmark contest open to k-2 students

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

Each year on Earth Day, April 22 this year, we are asked to think “green” for a day, to do something that will help the environment. While you’re pledging to recycle more or volunteering to clean up a nearby creek, don’t forget that Earth Day is a great learning opportunity for your young kids. To help them learn in a fun, creative way, the Durham Soil and Water Conservation District invites artists from kindergarten through the second grade to show off their creative talents in the annual Spring Bookmark Contest, in celebration of Earth Day.

The theme for this year’s contest is “Helping the Environment.” We want to see drawings of what your kids think of when they are “Helping the Environment.” The design must feature original work of art, no copyright, that uses the official contest bookmark template (available online or at the Durham Soil and Water Office). The limit is one entry per student.  The bookmark contest is open to Durham public, private and homeschool students grades K-2.  Please attach the official entry form to the back of the bookmark entry. Official contest entry forms and guidelines are available at 721 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701 or online at

First- and second-place winners will be chosen from each grade level. All winners and honorable mentions will receive laminated copies of their bookmark design and a certificate from Durham Soil and Water. These designs are displayed on the Durham Soil and Water webpage. First-place winning bookmark designs in each grade level will be laminated and reproduced for each winner’s entire classroom. 

Entries will be accepted through April 30 at the Durham County Agricultural Building, 721 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701.

For more information, contact Lisa Marochak with Durham Soil and Water Conservation District at 919-560-0558 or

The Durham Soil and Water Conservation District is part of Durham County Government. Its mission is to conserve, enhance and promote the natural resources of Durham County by providing technical assistance, environmental education information and economic incentives to County citizens and by exhibiting a diversified program to meet its changing needs. To learn more please visit

Lisa Marochak is administrative officer of the Durham Soil and Water Conservation District.