Contests/Projects for K-12 Students

2014 Keep Montgomery County Beautiful
Environmental Poetry Contest

Promote litter awareness among students while encouraging literary creativity. This contest is open to all Montgomery County students in grades 2-12. Entries will be judged by grade on theme usage, creativity, style, punctuation, spelling and neatness. Awards are given at a reception in May. For more information, call 937-225-4999.

2014 Poetry Contest Guidelines | Submit a Poem Online | Poetry Survey


2014 Earth Day Grocery Bag Project

TIME EXTENDED:  Bag requests close Friday, March 14, 2014!

A simple service project aimed at advancing environmental awareness in your school and community. Students decorate brown paper grocery bags donated by Kroger. The bags are then distributed to local Kroger stores for Earth Day. For more information call 937-225-4999.

Bag Request PDF | Online Bag Request |  Grocery Survey | Earth Day Pictures


2014 Environmental Calendar Contest

Montgomery County Solid Waste District in conjunction with Montgomery County Water Services Department will sponsor an Environmental Calendar Contest. The contest is open to all Montgomery County K-12 students. Students are asked to create an original piece of art pertaining to one of two themes. For more information, call 937-225-4999.

2014 Environmental Calendar Contest Guidelines & Form

View 2013/2014 Winners

View 2012/2013 Winners


Curby's Recycled Sculpture Contest

Curby the CardinalTo increase awareness of recyclable materials, Montgomery County Solid Waste District sponsors a sculpture contest using recyclable material to create an abstract or realist sculpture. The contest is open to schools located in Montgomery County, grades K-12 and may be submitted as individual or as a team of two to four students (one entry per student). Schools interested in participating need to register by April 7, 2014. County awards are given at a reception, May 3, 2014. For more information call (937) 225-4999.

2014 Rules | Recycled Sculpture Contest Registration


Recycle Rally

Recycle Rally

Recycle Rally is a competition for any K-12 school in Montgomery County From September 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014, students, parents, staff and other supporters of your school may bring recyclable materials to Rumpke Recycling at 1300 E. Monument in Dayton (M-F 8am-4pm; Sat: 8am-noon). Rumpke and Montgomery County Solid Waste District will track the total amount of materials brought on behalf of each school.

Recycle Rally Rules    Recycle Rally Online Registration   PDF Registration Form


Other Opportunities

Trash to Treasure Competition PBS' Design Squad is offering kids at home a chance to get in on the action!

Trash to Treasure CompetitionThe Trash to Treasure Competition challenges kids to take everyday discarded or recycled materials and re-engineer them into functional products.

For more information, visit pbs.org/designsquad.


Canon Envirothon
Canon Envirothon is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization established to coordinate the delivery of an environmental education program for high school students throughout North America. Canon Envirothon is headquartered in League City, Texas.

The environmental education program consists of the annual Canon Envirothon Competition in which winning teams from participating states and Canadian provinces compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The competition is centered on four universal testing categories (i.e., soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife) and a current environmental issue.

The Envirothon program is an effective educational tool, capable of supplementing environmental education both inside and outside the classroom. Led by a volunteer advisor, teams usually meet from late autumn until spring. Teams work collaboratively to develop their knowledge of ecology and natural resource management and to practice their environmental problem-solving skills in preparation for Envirothon competitions. To learn more about the competition, visit http://www.envirothon.org/about-us/110.html.


Disney's Planet Challenge

Desney Planet Challenge LogoDisney’s Planet Challenge is a project-based environmental competition for fourth through sixth grade classrooms. The cross-curricular program empowers classrooms to make a difference in their homes, schools, and communities and prompts students to think and act responsibly toward the environment while fostering teamwork, problem solving skills, and lifetime love for learning.

For more information about Disney’s Planet Challenge or to register for the competition, visit www.Disney.com/planetchallenge.