Arbor Day Poster Contest registration due March 9

January 11, 2023

The Delaware Forest Service is now seeking entries for its annual Arbor Day Poster Contest, open to all children in kindergarten through fifth grades in Delaware public, private and home schools. After-school programs and youth groups are also eligible. 

Designed to increase student knowledge about trees and forest resources, the contest is a great way for students to learn about the role trees play in communities and their direct impact on Delawareans’ health and well-being.

This year's theme is Trees are Terrific…in all Shapes and Sizes! 

The deadline to register is Thursday, March 9, at The deadline for poster submission is Saturday, April 1. Delaware’s Arbor Day is Friday, April 28.

Posters will be judged on originality, use of theme, neatness and artistic expression. Each winner receives a gift card, a tree-themed book and a tree planting at their school. A total of 12 winners will be selected, one from each county in four grade categories: kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3 and 4, and grade 5. All participating classes will receive free loblolly pine seedlings delivered to their school.

The 12 winners will be invited to the annual statewide Arbor Day Celebration hosted by Gov. John Carney. A tree-planting ceremony will also be scheduled at each winner’s school to celebrate Arbor Day.

Planting a tree is a fun activity people can enjoy today, knowing that the tree will continue to improve their lives over time. Trees planted throughout communities provide beauty, help shade streets and schoolyards, and create habitat and food for wildlife. Trees planted today will also be terrific tomorrow as they improve air quality, muffle noise, moderate air temperatures, filter runoff into streams and rivers, and reduce energy consumption.

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