Students in grades 7 to 12, YOU are invited to enter this contest by telling us what you could do to improve your watershed.

If chosen as one of the top 10 entries by our community judges, YOU could WIN up to $1,000 for yourself and your school/club!

Two students proudly holding their Caring for our Watersheds certificates at the 2018 Final Competition

Six simple steps to enter.

 1. LEARN ABOUT YOUR WATERSHED. What’s bothering you? What needs to change?

A Watershed Ambassador can come to your class or club for a presentation on your local watershed and the Caring for Our Watersheds (CFW) contest (optional). If you want to enter on your own rather than as part of a class or club, that’s OK, too! We can help you individually.

2. TELL US WHAT YOU COULD DO TO IMPROVE YOUR WATERSHED.

Prepare your 1,000-word proposal, answering the question “What can I do to improve my watershed?” working individually or in a team of up to four people. There are resources to help listed below.

3. SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL

Submit your proposal in April of next year.  All students who enter receive a prize! Submit your proposal at: caringforourwatersheds.com/contests

4. JUDGING TIME

Community judges will mark all proposals using the Content Judging Guide and will provide feedback. The 10 proposals with the highest marks will be invited to compete in the Final Competition and Award Ceremony!

 5. FINALISTS PRESENT THEIR IDEAS

Students with the top 10 proposals will prepare a five-minute verbal presentation on their idea to present at the Final Competition and Award Ceremony on Saturday May 13, 2017 at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin. Every student at the Finals wins a cash reward ranging from $300 to $1,000. Cheques to students and schools or registered clubs will be sent out immediately.

6. MAKE YOUR IDEA REALITY (optional)

Everyone who entered the contest is eligible for up to $1,000 of matching funding to implement their idea! Mentorship is available.

Contest Resources:

How the Caring for our Watersheds Contest Works PDF

Student Guide to Successful Proposal Writing PDF

Proposal Content Judging Guide PDF

Student Workbook PDF

A Edmonton-based student plants a tree at her school to increase biodiversity

CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS – IN ACTION!

Watch this short video on how the program plays out in real life, and the results we are so proud of.

Award-Winning Program!

In 2011, Agrium was honoured to win an Emerald Award for the Caring for our Watersheds Contest!  If you are not familiar with the Emerald Awards, they are the Oscars for Environmental Action in Alberta.

Finalist Awards

1st Place – $1,000
2nd Place – $900
3rd Place – $800
4th Place – $700
5th Place – $600
6th Place – $500
7th Place – $450
8th Place – $400
9th Place – $350
10th Place – $300

Submit Your Proposal Youth Programs Resources