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Delaware Department of

Forestry Education

Arbor Day Activities

The Delaware Forest Service sponsors an annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for Delaware school children in grades K-5. Poster contest information is announced in January, with awards presented in April during our annual Arbor Day Ceremony. The Delaware Forest Service also distributes free pine seedlings annually to Delaware elementary school children on a first-come, first-served basis. The Arbor Day Poster Contest is designed to teach students about forests and forest resources. Participating in the poster contest is a way to learn more about the role of trees and their direct impact on the health and well-being of Delaware residents.

This year’s theme – “Trees Are Terrific…in Many Wonderful Ways” – was chosen to highlight the benefits of trees in our communities.

Ellie Merrick, a 5th-grader at Southern Delaware School of Arts in Selbyville, was the overall State Winner of the 2019 Arbor Day Poster Contest. Posters were judged on originality, use of theme, neatness, and artistic expression. A winner was chosen in each county (New Castle, Kent, Sussex) in the following grade categories: kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, and grade 5.

The complete gallery of winning posters can be viewed online:
2019 Delaware Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners.

New Castle
Kindergarten Avery Thomas — Cedar Lane Early Childhood Ctr., Middletown
Grades 1-2 Lydia Sperati — Jennie Smith Elementary, Newark
Grades 3-4 Patricia Gomes —  All Saints Catholic School, Wilmington
Grade 5 Jayden Fuller  — Brandywine Springs Elementary, Wilmington
Kindergarten Abigail Carter — McIlvaine Early Childhood Ctr., Magnolia
Grades 1-2 Bella Cooper — Allen Frear Elementary, Camden
Grades 3-4 Sarah Armstrong —  Allen Frear Elementary, Camden
Grade 5 Sophia Yuckel  — Allen Frear Elementary, Camden
Kindergarten Loana Marquez Mendez — H.O. Brittingham Elementary, Milton
Grades 1-2 Zoe Bontrager-Thomas — Mispillion Elementary, Milford
Grades 3-4 Ava Strong — Southern Delaware School of Arts, Selbyville
Grade 5 Ellie Merrick  — Southern Delaware School of Arts, Selbyville


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Forestry Education Centers

Redden Forest Education CenterThe Delaware Forest Services operates and manages education centers at Redden State Forest and Blackbird State Forest. These facilities house a variety of interactive displays about Delaware’s forests and their management, and provide a comfortable work area for students and teachers to participate in educational activities. Each facility features a classroom for indoor meetings and activities as well as outdoor educational trails for a more dynamic learning experience. The education facilities are open by appointment only on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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Smokey BearSmokey Bear

The Delaware Forest Service offers Smokey Bear programs each October to all of Delaware’s first-grade classes upon request to help prevent wildfires. In addition, Smokey Bear makes appearances at special events promoting fire safety (fire company open houses, parades, safety fairs, etc.) Due to federal licensing arrangements, Smokey Bear is not permitted to appear at special events in which fire safety is NOT a primary message.





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Speakers Bureau

Our foresters will provide a variety of forestry programs to schools and civic organizations, including:

  • Wildland firefighting and wildfire prevention;
  • Forest health (i.e. disease identification/prevention and pest control);
  • Forest management (i.e. timber harvesting, reforestation);
  • Watershed forestry (using trees to improve water quality);
  • Urban forestry (improving and maintaining forest resources in Delaware’s cities, towns, and communities); and
  • Careers in forestry

For school presentations, our staff will customize the presentation to any specific grade level.

Ashley Melvin


Project Learning Tree

The Delaware Forest Service strives to integrate Project Learning Tree (PLT) activities into daily classroom lessons. This award-winning environmental education program is designed for educators who work with students in kindergarten through grade 12. Contact us at the email address below to learn more about how this program can benefit your school.

Ashley Melvin


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