The Delaware Forest Service sponsors an annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for Delaware schoolchildren in grades K-5. The contest is designed to increase student knowledge about trees and forest resources and is also a great way for students to learn about the role trees play in our communities and their direct impact on Delawareans’ health and well-being.
This year’s theme, “Trees are Terrific…in all Shapes and Sizes!”, is designed to increase knowledge about the importance of tree diversity in our community forests.
Arbor Day is observed in Delaware on Friday, April 26, 2024.
The poster contest is open to all K-5 public, private, homeschool, after-school, and other organized youth groups. Posters will be 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 will be selected – one from each county – in four grade categories: kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3 and 4, and grade 5. All participating classes receive free loblolly pine seedlings delivered to their school, just in time to celebrate Arbor Day!
The 12 winners are invited to the annual Statewide Arbor Day Celebration hosted by Governor Carney! A tree planting ceremony will also be scheduled at each winner’s school to celebrate Arbor Day.
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.
Grade 2 student Lyla Jones is the state winner of the Delaware Forest Service’s 2023 Arbor Day School Poster Contest. This year’s contest attracted entries from almost 7,600 students and more than 70 schools. The 2023 theme was “Trees are Terrific…in all Shapes and Sizes!” 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 were selected from each county in four grade categories: kindergarten, grade 1 and 2, grade 3 and 4, and grade 5. The complete gallery of winners is shown below (click the image to view a full-resolution image of the artwork) The poster contest is designed to increase student knowledge about forests and forest resources. For teachers, the poster contest can be an ideal way for students to learn more about the role of trees in our communities and their direct impact on Delawareans’ health and well-being. The schoolyard is also perfect setting to incorporate the role of trees into your everyday curriculum. Trees not only provide beauty, shade, and habitat and food for wildlife, they also improve air quality, muffle noise, moderate air temperatures, filter runoff into streams and rivers, and reduce energy consumption.
2022 marked the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, the holiday that celebrates planting trees!
The complete gallery of winners is at Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners
The 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. Make an appointment online here.
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.
Our foresters will provide a variety of forestry programs to schools and civic organizations, including:
For school presentations, our staff will customize the presentation to any specific grade level.
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.