Delaware Department of

Arbor Day Poster Contest

2023 Theme: Trees are Terrific…In All Shapes and Sizes!

This year’s theme highlights the importance of tree diversity in our community forests, which attracts a variety of wildlife and is more visually stimulating.

Lyla Jones

Since 1872, Arbor Day has been observed as a special day to plant trees and celebrate their many benefits!

Lyla Jones, a second-grader from Brandywine Springs Elementary School in Wilmington, is the 2023 Overall State Winner.

This year, Arbor Day will be observed in Delaware on Friday, April 28, 2023.

The Delaware Forest Service’s Arbor Day Poster Contest helps increase knowledge about trees and forest resources and is a great way for students to learn more about the role of trees in our communities and their direct impact on Delawareans’ health and well-being. This year’s theme highlights the long-lasting impact of planting a tree and the benefits it continues to provide to our community.

Planting a tree is a fun activity we can enjoy today, knowing that the tree will continue to improve our lives over time. Trees planted throughout our communities not only provide beauty but help shade our streets and schoolyards and create habitat and food for wildlife. Awareness of the difference between tree species helps in selecting the proper tree to plant in a given location based on site conditions, temperature and soil.

The poster contest was open to all K-5 public, private, homeschool, after-school, and other organized youth groups.  Posters are judged on originality, use of theme, neatness, and artistic expression. Each winner receives a gift card, a tree-themed book, and a tree planting at their school.  Twelve winners are selected – one from each county – in four grade categories: kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3 and 4, and grade 5.

The 12 winners are invited to the annual Statewide Arbor Day Celebration hosted by Governor Carney!


For questions and more information, contact:

Ashley Melvin, Trainer-Educator


2023 Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners

New Castle County

Susanna Sanford, Brandywine Springs ElementaryKindergarten
Susanna Sanford
Brandywine Springs Elementary

Lyla Jones, Brandywine Springs ElementaryGrades 1 and 2
Lyla Jones
Brandywine Springs Elementary


Hillary Shen, North Star ElementaryGrades 3 and 4
Hillary Shen
North Star Elementary

Easton Parker, Heritage Elementary

Grade 5
Easton Parker
Heritage Elementary

Kent County

Zadriyan Marshall, Booker T. Washington Elementary

Zadriyan Marshall
Booker T. Washington Elementary

Kylie Clark, Smyrna Elementary

Grades 1 and 2
Kylie Clark
Smyrna Elementary

Eliana Oberdick, W. B. Simpson Elementary

Grades 3 and 4
Eliana Oberdick
W. B. Simpson Elementary

Audriana F., W. B. Simpson Elementary

Grade 5
Audriana Friday
W. B. Simpson Elementary

Sussex County

Henry Hearn, St. John’s Preschool

Henry Hearn
St. John’s Preschool

Julian Spitzer, Lord Baltimore Elementary

Grades 1 and 2
Julian Spitzer
Lord Baltimore Elementary

Evelyn Maloney, Epworth Christian

Grades 3 and 4
Evelyn Maloney
Epworth Christian

Sage McMahon, Rehoboth Elementary

Grade 5
Sage McMahon
Rehoboth Elementary

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