Artwork sought for two Arbor Day poster contests

Arbor Day poster 2019
2019 Arbor Day poster, photo taken by Paul Bergwall. Image courtesy New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Contests for artwork for two Arbor Day posters are being held by the Urban and Community Forestry program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

One contest is for all members of the public and the other is for fifth-grade students.

Both contests aim to promote the value of trees in the environment and New Yorkers’ lives.

Contest winners will have their artwork replicated as either the 2020 New York State Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster or the 2020 New York State 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster. The winning artists will be announced and honored at the annual Arbor Day celebration in Albany in April.

Last year, New York printed more than 200,000 Arbor Day posters for distribution at schools, libraries, government offices, nursery and landscaping businesses, and environmental organizations throughout the state.

To obtain past New York State Arbor Day posters, contact any local DEC forestry office or call 518-402-9428.

Contest for everyone

The public can submit photographs and/or artwork. Original entries must feature trees within New York State.

Participants must include their name, address, and where the photo was taken. Model consent forms are required for people in submitted photos. Send entries to

The deadline is Dec. 31, 2019.

Find more information about the contest here or email

DEC accepts photograph and artwork submissions on behalf of the New York State Arbor Day Committee, which includes DEC, the Empire State Forest Foundation, New York State Arborist Association, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM), and the International Paper Company.

5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest

Students are asked to create an original poster depicting this year’s contest theme, “Trees Feed New York.”

Lesson plans, vocabulary, and activities for incorporating the theme in New York’s classrooms are available on the poster contest website.

The contest is open to all students enrolled in fifth grade. DEC encourages schools to submit classes together. Homeschool students are also welcome to submit artwork.

Posters must be submitted to the participant’s local DEC regional office by Dec. 20, 2019, to allow time for judging and printing artwork.

The annual 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest is sponsored by DEC, DAM, and the New York State Education Department.

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