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Arbor Day Poster Contest

Arbor DayAnnual Photo/Artwork Contest

Could your artwork be the next winner in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest? Submit your photo or artwork by December 31, 2023, for a chance to be part of the tradition!

Visit our website to find more details about the contest and to submit your work for consideration:

Photo: 2016 Arbor Day photo of Sleepy Hollow Lake, NY, by Robert Near

There is a Contest for Students too!

DEC's Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program announces a new format of its Arbor Day School Poster Contest program to make it more inclusive and flexible. Teachers may hold a poster contest within their educational program at any time of year using one of the Arbor Day themes suggested below and optionally have their efforts celebrated on DEC's social media pages.

Do you work at a K-12 school and want to get your students engaged with and excited about trees? Learn more about a “tree-rific” opportunity below:

Student Arbor Day Poster Contest: have your students create posters to promote Arbor Day and celebrate the importance of trees! The poster contest is open to public schools, home schools, afterschool programs, and other educational programs. 

The DEC Urban and Community Forestry Program invites educators to carry on the tradition of the Arbor Day Artwork Contest within their classroom, school, district, home school, afterschool program, or other educational program! UCF is grateful to teachers who educate their students about urban and community forestry and applauds students for engaging with trees in school.

To celebrate these efforts, DEC UCF wishes to use social media to share the accomplishments of teachers and students around the state. If interested in broadcasting your students' achievements on DEC social media, educators may submit photos (for example: a picture of the winning poster, a group of exemplary posters, students working on their posters, the winning student holding their poster, or the whole class holding up their posters) and a completed poster program form (PDF) to arborday@dec.ny.gov. UCF will make its best efforts to celebrate as many students and teachers as possible, though social media inquiries will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed to be fulfilled.

See the website for rules, themes, lesson plans, and educational resources to build a tree-centered poster contest or educational unit. Teachers are encouraged to reach out to DEC Urban and Community Forestry for support with their Arbor Day poster unit.

Let us know if your students have Arbor Day posters—we would love to share them on DEC social media! For more info about the student poster contest, visit the DEC website.

Entries must feature trees within New York State. Participants are limited to three submissions. Model consent forms are required for people in submitted photos.

For more information about the contest, visit DEC's website or email arborday@dec.ny.gov.



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