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Arbor Day Poster Contest

Acorn to Oak

The Delaware Forest Service sponsors an annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for Delaware school children in grades K-5. Poster contest information packets are mailed every January, with awards presented in April during our annual Arbor Day Ceremony. The Delaware Forest Service also distributes free pine seedlings annually to Delaware elementary school children on a first-come, first-served basis.

The annual Arbor Day Poster Contest is designed to teach students about forests and forest resources. Participating in the poster contest is a way to learn more about the role of trees in our state and their direct impact on the health and wellbeing of Delaware residents.

This year’s theme, “Trees Are Terrific…from Acorn to Oak!” is designed to increase knowledge about the importance and diversity of the oak tree as well as introduce students to the process of tree identification. Oaks have offered us shelter, beauty, and resources, as well as serving as a symbol of strength throughout the history of the United States. Through basic classification skills students will recognize unique characteristics that separate oaks from other trees.

All participating classes will receive free loblolly pine seedlings delivered to their school, just in time to celebrate Arbor Day! Studying Delaware’s forests can help supplement K-5 science units and is a perfect opportunity to localize your lessons. Click here to access classroom curriculum for this year’s theme.

The poster contest is open to all K-5 public, private, homeschool, afterschool, and other organized youth groups. Winning posters will be selected from each of the three counties in the following grade categories: K, 1 & 2, 3 & 4, and 5. The twelve winners will be invited to be recognized at the annual Statewide Arbor Day Celebration hosted by Governor Carney! A tree ceremony will be scheduled at each winner’s school and the teacher receives a $50 gift card for classroom supplies.

REGISTER OR THE CONTEST AND RESERVE YOUR SEEDLINGS HERE: https://2017arbordaycontest.eventbrite.com

Deadline to register and reserve free seedlings: March 15
Deadline to submit posters for state contest: March 31
Arbor Day in Delaware: April 28
Seedling delivery: early April

2017 Poster ContestClick the following links for resources, forms and guidelines:

Check out the previous year’s winners: