Annual 4th Grade Water Ethics Contest

Willow Bend Environmental Education Center in collaboration with The Coconino Plateau Watershed Partnership (CPWP) invite 4th Grade classes throughout Northern Arizona to participate in our 8th annual Water Ethic Contest.

In order to introduce children to the concept of the ethical use of water, we are inviting 4th grade classes throughout the plateau to participate in a contest in which they demonstrate the principle of responsible water use through artwork and essays.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Posters no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches
  • Essay neatly handwritten on one page and relates to poster
  • Must include first name and last name initial, teacher name, and school name on poster and essay
  • Submissions must include official entry form
  • Accomplished solely by student, but can have teach-er/parent guidance
  • Students can work in pairs on entries

Entry Form: Please attach this Official Contest Entry Form.

Where to send: please mail or drop off submissions to Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, 703 E. Sawmill Rd, Flagstaff AZ 86001.

Deadline: October 30th, 2017 at 5pm.

Evaluation: Submitted entries will be evaluated based on the students’ ability to clearly articulate and illustrate their understanding of ethical water use. The review committee will choose a first, second and third place winner based on the essay and artwork

Awards: Classes to which the winning students belong will be treated to an in-class party, including a pizza party for the 1st place student, an ice-cream social for 2nd place, and a popcorn party for 3rd. The winning students will receive additional prizes and all participating classes will be rewarded with “water saver superhero tools.” All submissions may be used in promoting water stewardship throughout Northern Arizona. The teachers of the winning entries will receive a check for $300, $200, or $100.

Art Work: The students’ artwork will also be utilized in posters as an opportunity to bring awareness to the variety of ways water is used, and provide examples of how conservation practices can save water. The posters are being distributed throughout Arizona in public restrooms, where a large amount of water is used. Places already signed up for the bathroom posters include: the Grand Canyon South Rim Visitor’s Center, City of Flagstaff, City of Williams, Hopi Water Resources, Northern Arizona University, US Fish and Wildlife, AZ Dept. of Water Resources, AZ Dept. of Environmental Quality, Coconino County, City of Sedona, Marshall Elementary School, and many more places throughout the community are in the process of getting the posters.

This year’s submissions will also be featured at the Coconino Center For The Arts Fall 2019 special engagement all about water! The exhibit will incorporate professional artists who have participated in programs geared towards education on water awareness hosted by the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council and other partners. This is an exciting opportunity for all participating students to have their art reach an even wider audience in an effort to educate visitors on water awareness.

If you have questions about the contest, please contact Sarah Carbajal at (928) 779-1745 or