Maryland fifth-graders invited to submit Arbor Day posters for 2021

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Lola Lugard of Carroll County won first place honors for the 2020 Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Need a way to occupy your bored fifth-grader over the holiday break? The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Forest Conservancy District Boards invite all Maryland fifth-graders in private and public schools to participate in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest.

The theme for 2021 is: “Trees Are Terrific…and Forest Products are Too!”

All entries must be delivered to a local Maryland Forest Service office by noon, Jan. 15, 2021.

The contest asks students to share their appreciation for Maryland’s forests and trees through original works of art. Poster size must be no smaller than 8.5 by 11 inches and no larger than 22 by 28 inches. The works of art must be created in acrylic, crayon, ink, marker, paint pens, regular or colored pencil, tempera paint, or watercolor.

Posters will be judged on a county level and then submitted to the Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee to compete statewide. A panel will choose the top three posters.

Winners will receive tree plantings at the artists’ schools. The first-place winner will receive 15 trees, second place will receive 10, and third place will receive five. Teachers will be notified by March 19, 2021, and school plantings will be scheduled in the spring or following year, dependent upon COVID restrictions.

Contest comments or questions may be directed to Anne Gilbert at 410-260-8510 or [email protected].

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