2021 Statewide Arbor Day Poster Contest

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The Maryland Forest Service, in partnership with the Maryland Forest Conservancy District Boards, is sponsoring a “Poster Contest” for 5th grade classes throughout the State of Maryland.​

Do you know a creative 5th grader?  Encourage them – and their classmates – to get artistic this winter! Kids can share their knowledge by creating a poster with this year’s theme: “Trees are Terrific and Forest Products are too!

Statewide Winners will receive a tree planting at your school with:

1st – 15 trees
2nd – 10 trees
3rd – 5 trees

All posters are due to the county’s MD Forest Service Office no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021. Click here for a list of Poster Drop Off Locations​.

Posters will be judged on a county level and the winner will be submitted to the Maryland Urban and Community Forestry Committee (MUCFC) to compete at the statewide level.

All contest information and necessary resources can be found on the Tree-Mendous Maryland website​. There is also an Activity Guide​ that can be used to assist both teachers and students in tying together curriculum lessons and the contest theme.

Please note that a Release Form must be filled out and attached to the back of every poster entry.

Winners teachers will be notified directly by March 18, 2021.

If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Anne Gilbert at 410-260-8510 or e-mail anne.gilbert@maryland.gov​.


Kenneth Jolly
Acting Director/State Forester

James Bardsley
President, Maryland State Forestry Boards Association