Arbor Day tree poster contest open to 5th graders

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Fifth graders can showcase their artistic talents while helping to increase public awareness of trees by participating in the annual National Arbor Day Poster Contest.

“Trees play a vital role in the lives of New Yorkers and are a vital part of our ecosystem,” New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens said in a news release. “Whether someone is tapping a maple tree in early spring or relaxing in the shade of a tree on a hot summer day, trees are integral to our quality of life. I encourage fifth graders to join in our celebration of trees by drawing, sketching or painting their favorite trees and showcasing why trees are important in our daily lives.”

The annual contest, sponsored by DEC and the Department of Agriculture and Markets, is open to all students enrolled in fifth grade. They must create an original poster on this year’s contest theme: “New York’s Forest Where We Live!”

The winner will have his or her artwork replicated as the official 2014 New York State Arbor Day bookmark, and the winning poster will also be presented at the annual Arbor Day Celebration in Albany.

Posters must be submitted by Dec. 17 to allow time for judging and printing of the artwork as part of the 2014 Arbor Day celebration.

Contact Sally Kellogg, DEC’s poster contest coordinator, for contest packets at (518) 402-9425, or by visiting http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/25420.html. Packets include background information, hands-on educational activities and contest rules.

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