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Environmental Stewardship Projects & Competition

Announcing the 2022 WCSU Environmental Stewardship Competition for Seventh Graders


A student competition focused on Environmental Stewardship, sponsored by WCSU Finding Our Way STEM Outreach Office.


Application Entries Due: 22 April 2022   

Reports Due: 3 June 2022  

Winners Announced: 11 June 2022

Download the 2022 Stewardship Application, 2022 Stewardship Competition Details, and the provided Final Report Project Timeline 2022

Want to see how you will be graded? See the grading rubric here.

Final Projects must include

1. Stewardship Report 2. Project Timeline 3. Pictures of the project or other evidence



What is Environmental Stewardship?

We all share the responsibility of caring for our environment. Stewardship is how we take responsible action to care for our environment. Finding Our Way exposes you to environmental conservation and sustainable practices that teach us to live in harmony with the planet.

Stewardship is the act of making wise use of the natural resources provided by the earth. Cutting back on our personal water usage, not allowing fertilizers and plastics to get into our watersheds, protecting marine animals from these hazards, trash clean-ups, invasive plant removal, and building buffer gardens are all examples of environmental stewardship.

Environmental stewardship is the focal point of the winter/spring portion of the Finding Our Way Program. Our attention turns to devising and refining our stewardship proposals and put them into action. The links on this page provide the forms and framework for your stewardship project and for the competition you will enter.


Cohort 2018-2019 Stewardship:

2018-2019 Participants Proposals

Don’t forget to fill out your 2018-19 Stewardship Application. All projects are due on May 29th! Find a blank copy of the Stewardship Competition Timeline Report here!


Check out some of our past Stewardship Proposals:

2017-2018 Participants Proposal

2016-2017 Participants Proposal

Stewardship opportunities available here!

Now Accepting Entries for the 2022 Marine Endangered Species Art Contest 


Contest for Kids K-12: Entries Due Friday, April 22, 2022

Teachers: Celebrate Endangered Species Day (May 20) by having your classroom participate in the 2022 Marine Endangered Species Art Contest!

Endangered and threatened species need our help. Students’ artwork will showcase their knowledge and commitment to protecting these animals. We invite schools from Massachusetts and anywhere in the world to submit entries!

Artwork should highlight one or more marine endangered or threatened species from the New England/Mid-Atlantic region. Text highlighting why the animals are important and what people can do to protect them may also be included. Younger students, in grades K-2, who may not understand the threats to endangered species (e.g., pollution, vessel strikes, etc.) are encouraged to portray the animals in their natural habitat instead.

Get the details on entry requirements, entry submissions, prizes, and more on our web page. Good luck!




Student ArcGIS Online Competition

This is a great opportunity for middle and high school students from across the state to showcase their ideas, passions and projects using Esri’s ArcGIS Online and Story maps platform. The competition is open to any student in grades 4-12 from public, private, and homeschools. Software and licenses are available at no cost through Esri’s ArcGIS for Education bundle. Students in two divisions win cash prizes and top winners go on to compete in Esri’s national competition. All details are posted on the CT GIS Network website and the competition storymap, along with links to winning storymaps from the past few years. Please note a few important dates, listed below. Contact Cary Chadwick at if you have questions.

Registration deadline: April 8

State entries due: May 6

State winners announced: May 18
National winners announced by Esri: May 31
Esri event featuring national winners: June 16

Artistic Sea Grant Competition 2022

Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Support Awards Program | Connecticut Sea Grant (Click link for more details)

Looking for Talented Comedians 

ITG Video comedy challenge CFP 2022

What is NOAA Planet Stewards?


As of November 2017, the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project will be known as the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project. We are expanding our scope to include a wider range of NOAA topics related to understanding and protecting our environment. This means we will focus on a larger number of subjects such as decreasing the impacts of marine debris, conserving and restoring natural resources, and understanding and responding to severe weather events. We will continue our programmatic emphasis on climate as a driver of environmental impacts to humans and natural ecosystems.

This change will allow us to better serve many educators looking to engage their students in citizen science and hands-on stewardship activities that relate to the broad range of NOAA’s mission programs.

More information: