Arbor Day Poster Contest for Grades K to 5

Delaware Forest Service Arbor Day Poster Contest

2020 theme is “Trees Are Terrific…in Many Wonderful Ways!”

DOVER, Del. — To celebrate Arbor Day in the First State, the Delaware Forest Service is once again holding its annual “Arbor Day School Poster Contest” for students in grades K to 5 from all Delaware public, private, home school, after-school, and other organized youth groups. Winning posters will be selected from each of the three counties in the following 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! A tree planting ceremony will also be scheduled at each winner’s school to celebrate Arbor Day.

The poster contest is designed to increase student knowledge about forests and forest resources. For teachers, the poster contest can be an ideal way for students to learn more about the role of trees in our communities and their direct impact on Delawareans’ health and well-being. The schoolyard is a perfect setting to incorporate the role of trees into your everyday curriculum. Trees not only provide beauty, shade, and habitat and food for wildlife, they also improve air quality, muffle noise, moderate air temperatures, filter runoff into streams and rivers, and reduce energy consumption.

2019 Theme

“Trees Are Terrific…in Many Wonderful Ways!”

Criteria

Posters will be judged on originality, use of theme, neatness, and artistic expression.

Classroom Resources

Teachers can access the shared google folder for the 2020 Poster Guidelines and Rules, Curriculum Guide and additional resources.

Free Seedlings

All participating classes receive free loblolly pine seedlings delivered to their schools, just in time to celebrate Arbor Day!

Registration Link:

2020 Arbor Day Poster Contest Registration and Seedling Request

Questions:

Ashley Melvin, Delaware Forest Service – (302) 698-4551

ashley.melvin@delaware.gov

Dates to Remember:

  • Deadline to register and reserve free seedlings: March 9
  • Deadline to submit posters for state contest: April 1
  • Arbor Day in Delaware: April 24
  • Seedling delivery: mid-April

In 2019, 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.

Check out more from the 2019 Arbor Day  photos on Flickr or at the Delaware Forest Service Facebook Page

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:

For more information, email: Ashley Melvin

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.

Past Delaware Arbor Day celebrations:

 


Middletown FFA wins forestry career event

From left, Middletown’s winning FFA forestry team: Jenna Harmon, Kathryn McMenamin, Jenna McDermott, and Paige Akers. The team will represent Delaware at the 92nd Annual National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis beginning on October 30.

Middletown High School FFA students won the 2019 “Forestry Career Development Event (CDE),” a challenging test of tree identification skills, forestry tools and knowledge, and math-related abilities. Also participating were teams from Sussex Central High School, Milford High School, and Millsboro Middle School. Each team consisted of four students who answered both individual and team-based questions. Middletown will now represent Delaware at the 92nd Annual National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis that begins on October 30, 2019.

Middletown FFA forestry team
Middletown FFA team uses a Biltmore stick to estimate tree height and board-foot volume at the recent forestry career development event. From left, team members Paige Akers, Jenna McDermott, Kathryn McMenamin, and Jenna Harmon.

The forestry event took place at Kent County’s Brecknock Park in Camden under the direction of Delaware Forest Service education specialist Ashley Melvin. This year’s challenge measures student knowledge in six skill areas: tree identification, tree pests and diseases, timber stand improvement, compass and pacing, board-foot volume estimation, and an individual written examination.

According to FFA, Career Development Events help students “think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.” There are many CDEs, covering areas from communications to mechanics. Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams.

The National FFA Organization, originally the Future Farmers of America, was founded in 1928 as a national organization for boys in rural, farming communities. Its original purpose, the education of youth in agricultural fields of study, is still recognized through its current programs. Today, its mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Through educational programs, the FFA teaches students how to become active in their communities and successful in their occupation. FFA membership includes junior high, high school, and college students and totals approximately 450,000.

FFa forestry team from Sussex Central
Sussex Central’s FFA team completes the board-foot volume estimation section of Delaware’sForestry Career Development Event (CDE) at Brecknock Park in Camden recently. From left to right: Cody Lankford, Will Kenney, Dylan Kraft, and Joanna Rendon.

 

Milford FFA forestry team
Milford High School’s FFA forestry team: (from left) Sierra Johnson, Shaila Walker, advisor Aaron Rill, Adamari Amador, and Jasmine Carlisle.

 

Sussex Central FFA forestry team: (from left) advisor Jason Stoeckel, Joanna Rendon, Cody Lankford, Dylan Kraft, Will Kenney, and advisor Brett Hines.

 

Millsboro Middle School FFA
Millsboro Middle School FFA forestry team: (from left) Kamryn Camper, Emma Walker, Katey Megginson, Olivia Fox, and advisor Susan Quillen.


Woodbridge FFA takes first in forestry career development event

CAMDEN, Del.  — Woodbridge High School’s FFA took the top spot at the 2018 Forestry Career Development Event (CDE) held in Camden, Delaware this week.  Middletown took second place, followed by Smyrna and Sussex Central. Woodbridge now goes on to represent Delaware at the 91st Annual FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis from October 24 to 27, 2018. For the first time, the 2018 challenge included eight middle and high school teams competing in separate events at the same location. Smyrna Middle School’s FFA took first place among middle schools, beating out Alfred G. Waters Middle School (Appoquinimink), Everett Meredith Middle School (Appoquinimink), and Millsboro Middle School. More photos are available (see below) or on Flickr.

Woodbridge High School’s winning FFA forestry team: Advisor Scott Haldeman in back with (front row, from left) Carissa Tinsman, Cristina Limon-Gutierrez, Stephanie Vera, and Danny Morales-Rivera. Woodbridge placed first in the forestry career development event (CDE) held at Brecknock County Park in Camden on June 19. Eight Delaware middle and high school teams participated. Woodbridge will now go to the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis in October.

The forestry event was held at Kent County’s Brecknock Park under the direction of Delaware Forest Service education specialist Ashley Melvin, who oversaw the competition for her tenth time. The challenge is designed to measure student knowledge in six separate skill areas: identification of trees, forest pests, and diseases, equipment and mapping, timber stand improvement, compass and pacing, board-foot volume estimation, and an individual written examination.

Woodbridge FFA forestry team
Woodbridge FFA students use a Biltmore stick to estimate a tree’s height during the forestry career development event at Brecknock Park in Camden.  Pictured (from left) are: from left) Carissa Tinsman, Cristina Limon-Gutierrez, Stephanie Vera, and Danny Morales-Rivera. The team placed first and will be in Indianoplis for the National FFA Convention & Expo from October 24 to 27.

The National FFA Organization considers itself the “premier youth organization dedicated to preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.” According to FFA, members are driven by the organization’s foundational motto: “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” The goal is to prepare students to “support and contribute to future sustainability in farming, science, medicine, and business alike.” The National FFA organization provides leadership and personal growth opportunities through agricultural education to more than 650,000 student members belonging to 8,500 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.

 

Smyrna Middle School FFA forestry team
Smyrna Middle School’s FFA won their event at the 2018 Forestry Career Development Event (CDE) at Brecknock County Park in Camden. From left, Advisor Stefanie Freimuth, Isabella McMullen, Evan Denney, Marissa Dunn, and Sarah Dinsmore.

 

Middletown FFA
Middletown FFA team member (from left) Will Thornburg watches as Ryan Freeburg measures a tree during the 2018 Forestry Career Development Event (CDE) at Brecknock County Park in Camden this week.

 

Middletown FFA
Middletown FFA team placed second in the forestry career event, led by (from left) advisor Jeffrey Billings, Ryan Freeburg, Will Thornburg, Max Myers, and Alex Nichols.

 

Smyrna High School FFA forestry team
Smyrna High School’s FFA team placed third in the 2018 forestry competition. From left, Smyrna HS FFA Advisor Jay Davis, Rebecca Calderon, Skylar Campanicki, Kassey Euren, and Taylor Davis.

 

Sussex Central FFA
Sussex Central FFA participated in this week’s Forestry Career Development Event in Camden.  From left, Jason Stoeckel, Kody Lankford, Brandon Greenlee, Will Kenney, Corey Agresta, and Brett Hines.


Forestry for the future: FFA teams compete at Brecknock Park on June 25.

UPDATE:
This event will take place at Kent County’s Brecknock Park – all other details are the same.
For directions: click here

At left, Delaware Forest Service educator Ashley Peebles prepares students for the 2012 Forestry Career Development Event at the Redden Forest Education Center. This year's event is June 25.

 

“Forestry for the future” – Students to test forestry skills at Brecknock Park on June 25.

Contact: Ashley Peebles, 302-698-4551 ashley.peebles@delaware.gov

Who:     – Delaware school chapters of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and teachers
– Delaware Forest Service trainer-educator Ashley Peebles and forestry staff

What:    FFA teams will square off against each other in the 2013 “Forestry CDE Event,” a challenging test of tree identification skills, forestry tools and knowledge, and math-related abilities. Each team consists of four students who must answer both individual and team-based questions. This is the event’s sixth consecutive year.

When:   Tuesday, June 25 at 10 a.m.

Where:  Kent County’s Brecknock Park, Rt. 13, Camden, DE  (just south of Rodney Village Shopping Center)

Background:

Delaware’s first-place team will represent the First State in the national CDE event against teams from all over the United States as part of the four-day National FFA Convention scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 30 in Louisville, Kentucky.

At the 2012 Delaware Forestry CDE event, the Milford FFA team took first-place and went on to be recognized as a Silver Emblem chapter at the national event.

According to the National FFA website, “Career Development Events (CDEs) help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.”

There are 24 CDEs, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams.

Last year’s national results: 2012 Forestry CDE Results

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Forest Service Seeks Young Artists for Arbor Day Poster Contest

For information, contact:
Ashley Peebles, Delaware Forest Service, (302) 698-4551
Email: ashley.peebles@delaware.gov

Attention: calling all young artists who love trees!
 

The Delaware Forest Service invites students in grades K to 5 to enter its 2013 Arbor Day Poster Contest, which is open to all public, private, charter, and home schools in the First State. “Trees are Terrific…in all Shapes and Sizes!” is this year’s theme, which highlights the importance of tree diversity in our community forests. The annual poster contest is a fun way to celebrate Arbor Day with your school, and every class that participates in the Arbor Day Poster Contest will receive free loblolly pine seedlings. Teachers or school personnel must register for their seedlings by March 8, 2013 at http://2013arbordaypostercontest.eventbrite.com.

 

Prizes Awarded to Winners
Winners will be chosen in each county – New Castle, Kent, and Sussex – for the following categories:

  • Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 2
  • Grades 3-4
  • Grade 5

From these 12 winners, an overall state winner will be selected to represent Delaware on Arbor Day.

All county winners receive:

  • $50.00 savings bond
  • An in-class Arbor Day presentation
  • Invitation to the State Arbor Day Ceremony (attended by the Governor)
  • “Tree-inspired” children’s book
  • Winning posters will be reprinted on canvas and framed for display throughout the year at state events and will be returned to the winner as a keepsake
  • Winning posters will also displayed online on the Delaware Forest Service website.
    Please visit: http://dda.delaware.gov/forestry/arborpost12.shtml to see the 2012 winners

The state winner will receive all of the above prizes plus an additional $50.00 savings bond.

Prizes Awarded to Teachers
Teachers of students with a winning poster will receive $50.00 to spend on classroom material to help promote environmental education. Only one award per teacher/home school will be awarded. Teachers will be contacted with more information after the posters have been judged. All purchases must be made by July 1, 2013.

Posters should be sent or delivered to:
Ashley Peebles, Delaware Forest Service
2320 South Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901
302-698-4551

Deadline for poster submission: March 28, 2013

Judging Criteria
Posters will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Use of theme
  • Originality
  • Neatness
  • Artistic expression

This year’s theme
Trees come in all shapes and sizes – producing a vast array of fruits, flowers, leaves, and seeds. A diverse community forest is a healthier forest that attracts a variety of wildlife and is more visually stimulating. Awareness of the difference between tree species can help in selecting the proper tree to plant in a given location based on site conditions, temperature and soil. Increasing student awareness of the many different types of trees is an important first step toward establishing a blend of trees that are well-suited to providing benefits such as cleaner air and natural beauty.

Click here for the complete poster rules, guidelines and prizes.
Click here for a classroom guide with ideas to incorporate the theme into your curriculum.
Dates to remember
March 8: deadline to register for free seedlings
March 28: poster deadline
April 26: Arbor Day