2023 Earth Day Poster Contest

The entry period for the 2023 contest has ended. Winners will be announced on April 10, 2023 on our Facebook page

About the Contest

All New Haven Unified School District (NHUSD) students, grades kindergarten through eight, are eligible to enter. Entries may focus on one of the following suggested themes, or you may share your own ideas. Be sure to read through all the rules before submitting your poster.

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Topic Ideas

    • Conserve Natural Resources
    • Reduce Global Warming
    • Renewable Energy
    • Compost Food Waste
    • Prevent Pollution
    • Building Green
    • Alternative Energy
    • Conserve Energy
    • Protect the Environment
    • Endangered Species
    • Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, or Refuse (one topic or all)
    • Earth Day Every Day
    • Wise Water Use
    • Waste-Free Lunches
    • Any current topic pertaining to the environment.

Contest Rules and Information

Any student currently enrolled in a New Haven Unified School District elementary or middle school is eligible to enter. Entry is free. Each student may enter only once. A parent or guardian must consent to their child’s participation and signify their agreement with the contest rules via the entry form.


  • March 31, 2023  – Deadline for submission. Entries are due by 11:59 PM PDT.
  • April 10, 2023 – Announcement of winners via our Facebook page.
  • April 22, 2023 – Winners will be recognized at New Haven Day

Poster Guidelines:

Entries must be original work created by the student expressly for this contest. Posters will be judged on originality, clarity of message, and creative expression of the Earth Day theme.

Posters must be in color and be a landscape/horizontal orientation. You may use crayons, pencils, pastels, markers, paint, or whatever art supplies you have on hand. You may also submit original computer graphics you design yourself.

Entries must not use trademarks or company logos, copyrighted material, computer-generated artwork, traced images, pages from coloring books, or images downloaded or copied from Internet websites.

Posters created on paper should be scanned and uploaded via the entry form. You may also take a photo of the poster if that is easier. Only PDF, JPG, PNG, or GIF file types will be accepted. We recommend the uploaded image be no larger than 11″ X 17″ for easy printing by the judges.


Entries will be evaluated by a panel of independent judges consisting of NHSF board members. All decisions are final.

First, Second, and Third Place winners will be selected from each of these grade categories. Each category-level winner will receive a $50 gift card.  One overall winner will be selected as the best of the contest and will be awarded a $100 gift card. Second and Third Place winners will receive a certificate.

  • K-1st Grades
  • 2nd-3rd Grades
  • 4th-5th Grades
  • 6th-8th Grades

Important Details:

Entries must not contain any material that is defamatory or offensive to any person. Entrants’ work cannot violate the intellectual property, privacy, publicity, or other proprietary rights of a person or company. To be eligible, the parent or legal guardian must assign all copyright and other rights to their poster entry to the New Haven Schools Foundation and NHSF sponsors by the act of submitting the application form.

Upon submission, the artwork becomes the property of NHSF and may be used to promote this program. Poster entries may be used by NHSF for display or print, on its website, social media, or marketing materials, with attribution to the student artist by name, age, and school. Entries may also be shared with or used by contest sponsors. Entries will not be used for any third-party commercial purpose without consent by the student and parent/guardian.

Thank You Foundation Sponsors