Conservation In Action Contest


We wish to engage the intelligence, the passion, and the leadership of America’s young people to help restore and protect our physical world.

We seek ideas

We especially seek projects that can help build the next generation of conservation leaders by engaging young people in protecting and conserving our natural world.

We are looking for practical solutions.
We will give preference to submissions that demonstrate how you would implement your idea and what its impact may be.
We hope to build leaders.
Presentation counts, too.

Submissions can offer an innovative vision, outline a creative new program, or propose a new twist on an old model of conservation.

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  • Participants must be between the ages of 15 - 25 on May 1, 2007, and be U.S. residents.
  • Contest launch date July 1, 2007, 12 am ET.
  • Deadline for electronic submission is December 1, 2007, 11:59 pm ET.
  • Mail in entries must be postmarked by no later than December 3, 2007 and received by SCA no later than December 8, 2007.
  • To be accepted, written submissions can be no longer than 10 double-spaced typescript pages at 11 point font size. Multimedia submissions must take no longer than 20 minutes to view.
  • They must be reproducible and not one of a kind.
  • All entries must be entirely original work by the participant and not copied or remixed from any third party.


Submissions will be judged by a panel of SCA Alumni and staff based on the following criteria:

  • Concept (25%) - The degree to which it presents a well thought-out idea(s) for engaging young people in addressing an environmental challenge.
  • Need (20%) - The degree to which it addresses or averts a significant environmental challenge.
  • Fits Theme (15%) - The degree to which it illustrates an action-oriented, practical solution to a current environmental challenge.
  • Impact (15%) - The degree to which it clearly demonstrates the idea’s implementation and its impact or reach.
  • Creativity (15%) - The degree to which it is creative and innovative.
  • Structure (10%) - The degree to which it is eloquently presented and well organized.

A total of eight Finalists will be selected, including one entrant from each of the four regions in the fifteen to nineteen years of age group and one entrant from each of the four regions in the twenty to twenty-five years of age group.

A panel of Judges who are national experts will name the Grand Prize Winners, one from each of the age groups, and six First Prize winners.