Fifth-graders can enter Arbor Day poster contest; deadline is Dec. 17

2012 Arbor Day school poster by Hershini Paray
2012 Arbor Day school poster by Hershini Paray

Fifth-graders can help increase public awareness about trees in New York by participating in the annual National Arbor Day Poster Contest.

The deadline is Dec. 17.

The annual Arbor Day Poster Contest is sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Students are asked to create an original poster depicting this year’s contest theme: “New York’s Forest Where We Live!”

The New York State winner will have his or her artwork replicated as the official 2014 New York State Arbor Day bookmark and the winning poster will be presented at the annual Arbor Day Celebration in Albany. Last year, New York printed more than 200,000 Arbor Day bookmarks for distribution at schools, libraries, government offices, nursery and landscaping businesses and environmental organizations throughout the state.

Arbor Day Poster Contest packets can be obtained by contacting Sally Kellogg, DEC’s poster contest coordinator, at (518) 402-9425 or by visiting DEC’s website. Packets include background information, hands-on educational activities and contest rules.

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