Maryland 5th graders with a flair for art and a passion for the environment are invited to display their creativity by participating in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources‘ and Forest Conservancy District Board’s annual Arbor Day Poster Contest. .
Fifth graders in both public and private Maryland schools are invited to participate in the contest. The theme for 2018 is “Trees Are Terrific…and Make Communities Healthy!” All entries need to be delivered to a Maryland Forest Service office by noon Feb. 2, 2018.
Students are encouraged to share their appreciation for Maryland’s forests and trees through original works of art. Poster sizes must be no smaller than 8.5 by 11 inches and no larger than 22 by 28 inches. They must be drawn in acrylic, crayon, ink, marker, paint pens, regular or colored pencil, tempera paint or watercolor.
Posters will be judged on a county level and then submitted to the Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee to compete at the statewide level.
The department will then choose the top three winning posters that will receive tree plantings at the artists’ schools ─ first place will win 15 trees; second place will receive 10; and third place will get five. The winners’ teachers will be notified by March 21.
The State of Maryland is offering the following prizes to top statewide level winners; 1st prize (a tree planting at the student’s school with 15 trees), 2nd prize (a tree planting at the student’s school with 10 trees) and 3rd prize (a tree planting at the student’s school with 5 trees).
Comments or questions may be directed to Anne Gilbert at 410-260-8510.