Center for Land-Based Learning
The Center for Land-Based Learning and Agrium, Inc.
invite you and your students to participate: 

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Environmental Proposal Contest

Students will compete for over $6,000 in rewards
and win matching rewards for their schools!


All participants are eligible for additional funds to implement proposals.


*Teacher Workshop: October 18, 2013*
Entry deadline: January 31, 2014
   Final Competition: March 29, 2014    


The Caring for our Watersheds (CFW) program empowers 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.


How it works:

CFW asks students to submit a proposal that answers the question:

"What can you do to improve your watershed?"


The Contest:

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  • 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 on the following areas: realistic idea, environmental impact, clear communication, innovation, scope, budget, and visuals.
  • Ten finalists/ teams will make 5-minute verbal presentations at a final competition.
  • All finalists win cash rewards (up to $1000) 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 finals.

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 Project Implementation (voluntary):

  • In addition to cash rewards, there is also $10,000 (up to $1000 per project) available for students to implement their projects. 
  • ALL participants (finalists and other) are eligible for these "mini-grant" implementation funds.   
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Teacher/Advisor Workshop: October 18, 2013
This informational workshop will be held at the Center for Land-Based Learning headquarters in Winters, CA and will cover program logistics, watershed issues/resources, and service learning ideas. Substitute reimbursement is available.  RSVP by Oct. 11 to

NOTE:  CFW California is currently open to all 9th-12th grade students who live in the Sacramento-San Joaquin watershed in Yolo, Solano, Sacramento, Colusa, Yuba, Sutter, Glenn, El Dorado, Placer, and San Joaquin counties.


Visit and click on "California contest" for more details and resources.


Interested? Please contact Beth Del Real or (530) 795-1544.   

Center for Land-Based Learning
5265 Putah Creek Road  Winters, CA 95694  Phone: (530) 795-1544