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 a Saturday in May 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 (now Nutrien) 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. The contest has continued to win awards across Canada and the United States!

Sign up for a free class presentation:
Request a Presentation Today

Self-portrait photographs (selfies) of student finalists of CFW in a variety of settings.

The 2020 Caring for Our Watersheds finalists have been announced!

View 2020 Finalists

2020 Final Competition

This year we received 118 proposals by 208 students. To keep our communities safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Caring for our Watersheds contest will not be hosting a final competition this year. The top 10 proposals, will all be recognized as a 2020 Caring for our Watersheds Finalist. They will not be asked to further present their projects or be ranked.  For a full list of winners, please visit the Caring for our Watersheds website here, and visit our Event Page for future updates!

Finalist Awards

The ten finalist’s groups will be equally dividing the $6,000 of prizes. This means that each group and their school will be receiving a cheque for $600. If a group has multiple students, they will all get an equal part of that sum.

Submit Your Proposal Youth Programs Resources