Resource Conservation Education

Resource Conservation Speech Contest

Each year the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Resource Conservation and Forestry Division, sponsors a resource conservation-oriented speech contest. Any SD student in grades 9-12 is eligible to enter. This includes public, private, and home-school students.

The contest consists of three levels - local, area, and state. Two winners from each of the local contests advance to area contests. Two winners from each of the seven area contests advance to the state competition.

  • First Place: $1,100 Scholarship
  • Second Place: $750 Scholarship
  • Third Place: $450 Scholarship

East River and Rushmore Electric Power Cooperatives and South Dakota Rural Electric Association present the winners with scholarships to be used at any college, university, or accredited vocational technical school within South Dakota. Other co-sponsors include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts.


Pictures and videos of the 2021 participants.

How to Enter:

You may also contact the Resource Conservation and Forestry Division by calling 605.773.3623.