Arbor Day school poster contest for grades K to 5


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“Trees are Terrific… from Acorn to Oak!” is the theme of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual poster contest for grades K to 5. Entry deadline is March 15 with posters due by March 31.

DOVER – The Delaware Forest Service is seeking entries for its annual Arbor Day Poster Contest, open to students in grades K to 5 from all 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: Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3 and 4, and Grade 5. The twelve winners will be recognized at the annual Statewide Arbor Day Celebration hosted by Governor Carney in Dover. A tree planting ceremony will be scheduled at each winner’s school and the teacher receives a $50 gift card for classroom supplies.  The deadline to register is March 15 with poster submissions due by March 31.

This year’s theme is “Trees Are Terrific…from Acorn to Oak!” – designed to increase knowledge about the importance and diversity of the oak tree as well as introduce students to the process of tree identification. Throughout the history of the United States, oaks have offered shelter, beauty, valuable wood products, and served as a symbol of strength. 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 classroom lessons. The 2017 “Acorn to Oak” Activity Guide (PDF) is available for teachers to use in their curriculum.

To register for the contest and reserve free seedlings, teachers and administrators can click here:

Program Contact:
Ashley Peebles
Delaware Forest Service
2320 S. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

The following are links for resources, rules and guidelines:

Important dates:

  • 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

Check out the previous year’s winners: