Arbor Day is Friday, April 30, 2021.
Each year, Delaware celebrates the last Friday in April as “Arbor Day,” an occasion to plant trees and spotlight the numerous natural benefits that trees provide. Established by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska on April 10, 1872, it is estimated that one million trees were planted on the very first Arbor Day.
Arbor Day observances are also an integral part of community recognition programs such as Tree Campus USA, Tree City USA, and Delaware’s Tree Friendly Community Award, as well as qualifying for a financial award from the Urban Grant Program.
In 2019, Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse joined state representatives, Mayor Robin Christiansen, students, teachers, and invited guests at Dover’s Schutte Park on Friday, April 26 to honor Dover’s 30th Anniversary as a Delaware Tree City USA. Winners of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest were also honored. Ellie Merrick, a fifth-grader at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville, was named the Overall State Winner of the Arbor Day Poster Contest. The 2019 Poster Contest theme was “Trees are Terrific… in Cities and Towns!”
The Delaware Forest Service hosted its annual Arbor Day Ceremony at Dover’s Schutte Park, honoring its school poster contest winners and recognizing Dover’s 30th Year as the First State’s longest-running Tree City USA. The event culminated with the planting of more than 30 large trees at six locations, including a zelkova on the historic Green on State Street. Delaware State University also held its Arbor Day event and celebrated its 8th consecutive year as Delaware’s only certified Tree Campus USA, followed by a ceremonial tree planting on campus.
2019 Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners
|Kindergarten||Avery Thomas — Cedar Lane Early Childhood Center, Middletown|
|Grades 1-2||Lydia Sperati — Jennie Smith Elementary, Newark|
|Grades 3-4||Patricia Gomes — All Saints Catholic School, Wilmington|
|Grade 5||Jayden Fuller — Brandywine Springs Elementary, Wilmington|
|Kindergarten||Abigail Carter — McIlvaine Early Childhood Center, Magnolia|
|Grades 1-2||Bella Cooper — Allen Frear Elementary, Camden|
|Grades 3-4||Sarah Armstrong — Allen Frear Elementary, Camden|
|Grade 5||Sophia Yuckel — Allen Frear Elementary, Camden|
|Kindergarten||Loana Marquez Mendez — H.O. Brittingham Elementary, Milton|
|Grades 1-2||Zoe Bontrager-Thomas — Mispillion Elementary, Milford|
|Grades 3-4||Ava Strong — Southern Delaware School of Arts, Selbyville|
|Grade 5||Ellie Merrick — Southern Delaware School of Arts, Selbyville|
Each poster contest winner received a tree-themed book and a print reproduction of their poster on fine art canvas. Thanks to corporate sponsor Delmarva Power, a free tree planting ceremony will also be held at each winner’s school. In addition, every participating classroom receives free pine seedlings for all participants. Once again this year, students from the Middletown High School FFA Chapter and senior volunteers from the Modern Maturity Center in Dover are wrapping thousands of seedlings to distribute to schoolchildren statewide. Check out the previous year’s winners:
- View 2019 Arbor Day Contest winners
- View 2018 Arbor Day Contest Winners
- View 2017 Arbor Day Contest Winners
- View 2016 Arbor Day Contest Winners
- View 2015 Arbor Day Contest Winners
- View 2014 Arbor Day Contest Winners
For more information, email: Ashley Melvin
Additional photos of the event can be found at the Delaware Forest Service’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/delforestservice.
- Secretary Scuse celebrates 2019 Arbor Day in Dover’s Schutte Park
- Governor Carney celebrates 2018 Arbor Day at St. Jones Reserve
- Senator Tom Carper celebrates 2017 Arbor Day at Dover Air Force Base
- Governor Markell celebrates 2016 Arbor Day at DDA in Dover
- Governor Markell celebrates 2015 Arbor Day at Appoquinimink
- Governor Markell celebrates 2014 Arbor Day at McIlvaine Early Childhood Center
- Governor Markell celebrates 2013 Arbor Day at Blackbird State Forest
- Governor Markell celebrates 2012 Arbor Day at Delaware State University
- 2013 Arbor Day Celebration in Wilmington
The Delaware Forest Service also sponsors an annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest for Delaware schoolchildren in grades K to 5 for all public, private, home, and charter schools.