The deadline is quickly approaching for Maryland fifth graders to participate in this year’s annual Arbor Day Poster Contest, presented by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Forest Conservancy District Boards. All entries are due to a local Maryland Forest Service office by noon on Friday, Jan. 15.
This year’s poster contest theme is “Trees Are Terrific … and Forest Products Are Too!” Students in private and public schools are invited to illustrate their appreciation for forests and trees in Maryland by creating original works of art. Posters must be no smaller than 8 1/2 by 11 inches and no bigger than 22 by 28 inches. The artwork must be created using either acrylic, crayon, ink, marker, paint pen, regular or colored pencils, tempera paint, or watercolors.
Once the posters are judged on a county level, they will be forwarded to the Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee for statewide competition consideration. A panel of three judges will select the top three winning posters.
Poster contest winners will receive tree plantings at their respective schools. According to information provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the first-place prize winner’s school will get 15 trees, the second-place winner will receive 10 and the third-place winner will be given five trees for planting. School administrators will be notified by March 19, and tree plantings will be held either this spring or in 2022, depending upon current COVID-19 public health regulations.
For contest comments or questions, individuals may email Anne Gilbert or call 410-260-8510.