Statewide Poster and Poetry/Prose Exhibit


Dear Fifth/Sixth Grade Educators,

We invite your students to participate in the annual Environmental Pathways statewide poster and poetry/prose exhibit. The theme of the 2018 event is Illinois is Celebrating 200 Years! How Can You Be an Environmental Pioneer? focusing on the importance of preserving and protecting Illinois' air, land and water for the next 200 years.

We believe that the creation of posters and written works gives your students an opportunity to express and share, on a deeper and more personal level, what they have learned. The student exhibit also draws attention to environmental issues.

We recommend that you have a school exhibit of your students' works. Ask students and faculty to vote for their favorite entries. Then send the Illinois EPA the top four posters and top four poetry/prose entries (representing the school) for inclusion in the statewide exhibit.

Students whose works have been chosen for the exhibit, together with their parents and teachers, will be invited to an awards reception in Springfield. The finalists will receive certificates and ribbons. Twelve students (six in each category) will have their works displayed as top award winners.  The works will also be on display at the Illinois EPA April 23 through May 21.

The top twelve entries also will be displayed on the Illinois EPA's web site providing additional recognition for the winning entries as well as promoting the program.

To participate in the poster and poetry/prose contest you will need the participation packet, which contains the rules and necessary forms. Please read the timetable below and note important dates and deadlines.

Contest Materials:

Exhibit timetable is as follows:

January 2018
Educators introduce historic environmental problems and how Illinois laws and citizen actions have helped make a healthier environment. Students are challenged to become pioneers of tomorrow with green practices. What would a modern environmental pioneer do to ensure Illinois has a sustainable future? 
January 16-22
Students create posters or written works relating to the theme focus.
January 23-31
Teachers display posters and poems/prose at their school. Students and faculty vote to select four posters and four written entries to submit to the Illinois EPA for further judging.
February 1
Teacher/school sends four posters and/or four poems/prose to the Illinois EPA; a total of eight entries per school. Entries must be postmarked before or on February 1, 2018.
February 21
Illinois EPA staff selects the top posters and written works for exhibition.
February 23
A panel of judges (from local organizations) selects the top twelve entries.
April 21
Reception and awards ceremony held in Springfield.
April 23-May 21
Top posters, poems and prose on exhibit at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Springfield.

Informational resources can be found on the following web sites:

Awards are subject to change or funding.

All entries become the property of the Illinois EPA. If you have any questions, please call Kristi Morris at (217) 558-7198.