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 stream in 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 send in to the Final Competition Judging panel and Award Ceremony at the end of April on one of 2021’s top rated virtual event platforms, open to friends, family, and classmates. 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 it Works PDF_2022 Contest

Student Guide to Successful Proposal Writing PDF

Proposal Content Judging Guide PDF

Student Workbook PDF

Contest Infographic 2022

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

CFW Infographic describing details of contest

Caring for our Watersheds in Action

What is a Watershed?

Why You Should Act

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

Congratulations to the 2021 Finalists!

See all of our finalists here

Submit Your Proposal Youth Programs Resources