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Calling All 5th Grade Arborists and Artists!

pictured is 2017’s winning entry from Elm Street School, with the theme Trees are Terrific…from Berkshires to Bay!

Are you a 5th grade teacher or a 5th grade student with a passion for art or nature?  Then we have the perfect opportunity for you! The Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced its 2018 Arbor Day Poster Contest, a chance to win cool prizes for your school by showing off your artistic talent and knowledge of the diverse trees of Massachusetts!

This year’s theme is “My Community, My Trees” and is open to all fifth grade students in Massachusetts, including homeschoolers. If your students are interested in entering, we encourage them to research Massachusetts ecosystems, urban forests, native trees, and how trees impact your lives. Knowing about your community’s trees and how to identify and protect them is an important part of protecting them against invasive forest pests such as Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) and Emerald Ash Borer. The Arbor Day Contest is also a great opportunity to promote your school and your message about trees and forestry here in the Bay State.

We would be especially interested in hearing from you about posters that feature ALB or other forest pests and the trees they target.  While we are not involved in judging posters, posters that discuss invasive pests, even if they are not finalists, may be displayed here to promote our message of pest awareness!  We’ll also display winning entries here on our blog!

The deadline for submission is March 15th 2018, with winners announced in April. Only one poster may be submitted per school.  Please be sure to follow all instructions when submitting a poster.  A full list of rules can be found here.

Good luck, and have fun researching trees in Massachusetts!

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