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You are invited to join other fifth-grade teachers and students across Massachusetts in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association. Each year there is a new theme designed to increase students’ understanding of the importance of a diverse urban and community forest and of the role trees play in their community and in the world around them.
Trees are the dominant feature of all forest communities and can be found everywhere in our daily lives. They exist in parks, schoolyards, backyards, and along our roads. Whether we are in a city or small community, the urban and community forest is so ubiquitous that we often don’t stop to think that we are actually part of a forest community and have a complex relationship with its ecosystem. Increasing students’ understanding of their relationship with the urban forest and the trees around them is an important step toward appreciation of trees and of the environmental benefits they provide our communities.
Each year, over 1,500 Massachusetts fifth graders participate in the Arbor Day Poster Contest. Each school holds its own poster contest and submits their winning poster to the DCR. Prizes include art supplies, ice cream, and a tree for the winner’s school.
Every year there is a theme to encourage students to think about trees in new ways, such as
The theme for 2018 is “My Community, My Trees.”
The deadline for the 2018 contest is March 16, 2018.
Submit your winning poster to DCR by March 16, 2018.
Second Place, Third Place, and Honorable Mention Winners receive art supplies and many other prizes at a ceremony for all the winners.
Winner’s teacher will also receive prizes that include educational materials that will support continued learning about forests and natural resource conservation.