Nisqually Watershed Festival Poster Contest

The 32nd Annual Nisqually Watershed Festival will take place on Saturday, September 25, 2021! Let’s celebrate the environmental, cultural, historical, and economic stories of this unique watershed in South Puget Sound!

The 2021 Nisqually Watershed Festival Poster Contest Packet includes detailed rules, guidelines and background information. Please read it before starting on your poster! This year’s theme is “Mammals of the Watershed”. The deadline for the entries has ben extended to Monday, June 14th, 2021. As you probably noticed, the festival occurs very close to the beginning of the school year next fall so students will need to complete their artwork before school is out.


To submit your poster, you can mail or hand-deliver* it to:

Nisqually Watershed Festival Poster Contest
attn: Davy Clark
100 Brown Farm Rd Olympia, WA 98516

*Please note that the Refuge will be closed to visitors on June 7th-11th!

You can also submit your entry digitally using this Google form.
Note: This method requires a Google account. If you don’t have one and don’t wish to make one, email your entry directly to Be sure to include the relevant identifying information!

Poster Contest Details:

Each year, students in grades 1-6 in the Nisqually Watershed are invited to submit their designs for the Watershed Festival Poster Contest. All participating teachers are entered into a drawing for a FREE trip to the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

The poster contest is a great opportunity for local students to learn about their watershed, flex their creativity and take pride in seeing their original artwork on display for the public. Judges choose the top five posters from each grade and these students are given a certificate and prize during a public ceremony at the Festival. Every poster entered will be displayed in our Visitor Center throughout the festival. 

Helpful Tips

Check out the video below- it’s from an older contest, but still has plenty of good tips. All of the images on this page are Best In Show winners from previous years- check them out for inspiration!

Good luck!