Caring for Our Watersheds
The Hamilton County Conservation District has partnered with Nutrien and Nutrients for Life to host the Caring For Our Watersheds (CFW) contest here in Ohio.
CFW is open to 9-12 grade students throughout Ohio and asks students to develop a proposal to answer the question, “What can YOU do to improve your watershed?” Student proposals are reviewed by a panel of judges. The top 10 proposals will then be matched with a mentor to help implement their ideas. Students will then present their final proposal to a group of verbal judges. Top 10 winners will all win monetary prizes (from $300 - $1,000).
The Caring For Our Watersheds (CFW) program empowers 9th – 12th grade students to imagine, develop and create solutions in their local watersheds. CFW is both an environmental proposal contest and a project funding opportunity for high school students. The program promotes watershed awareness and stewardship, values student ideas and offers support when turning theoretical ideas into action.
Students can work independently, or as a team of no more than four to research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and come up with a realistic solution. Students are encouraged to discuss ideas with parents, teachers, friends and local experts.
** Proposals should be approximately 1,000 words and include visuals and a budget.
** Entries are scored by a panel of judges in the following areas: innovation, environmental impact, comprehensive scope, communication, budget, realistic solution and visuals.
** Ten finalists/teams will make 5-minute verbal presentations at a final competition.
** All finalists win cash rewards (up to $1,000) for themselves and matching rewards for their schools. Schools also receive $100 for every ten complete proposals submitted, even if they do not send students to the finals.
Proposal Deadline: January 20, 2023
Final Competition: May 6, 2023 at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
2023 Contest info
Click here for the student workbook.
Click here for more details and to register.
Student Registration video - how to
Teacher Registration video - how to
2012 Caring For Our Watersheds promotional video
2012 CFW Winners from Arlington Heights Academy
What is a Watershed?
Ohio River Watershed
Why should you care?
CFW contest info