Montgomery Parks Arbor Day Poster Contest: Win a Celebration at YOUR School!

PicMonkey CollageUntitledMontgomery Parks Announces Arbor Day Poster Contest for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students

The elementary school-attending “artist in residence” at your kitchen table can be the next designer of the Montgomery Parks Arbor Day poster

For the very first time, Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is sourcing designs for their annual Arbor Day poster from the third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms across the county. The winning poster, along with other select posters, will be displayed at Montgomery Parks’ four nature centers throughout the month of April.

And this is the coolest thing: The school with the winning entry will serve as host for the special Montgomery Parks’ Arbor Day Celebration.

Holly Thomas, Montgomery Parks’ Senior Urban Forester, says of this contest for Montgomery County students, “We think this contest will be a fun and educational way for students and teachers to learn about trees and the important role they play in Montgomery County.”

The theme for poster entries is “The Benefits of Trees in Montgomery County.”

Students are encouraged to create posters that reflect the theme and submit to their home school. Each school will select a winning entry and submit it to Montgomery Parks for judging.

Important Deadline: Each school must submit its poster entry by March 25th … a date that is fast approaching (and the reason why I was called upon to help spread the word to MoCo families!)

If a poster submission from YOUR local school is selected, the third, fourth and fifth graders of the winning school will get to participate in the following incredible hands-on activities at the Arbor Day Celebration:

  • School tree planting: Plant a tree from the Park’s Nursery, Pope Farm, on school property and discuss what trees need to survive after planting.
  • Tree top travels & Canopy Exploration: Montgomery Parks Arborist will discuss tree work and tools used in assessing and maintaining tree health and safety.
  • Tree climbing demo: A Tree Climber will demonstrate climbing and pruning techniques.
  • Compost cooks:  Live composting demonstration!  Make compost using the Park’s “secret” recipe
  • How trees grow:  A study of growth rings
  • Tree walk:  Learn how to identify trees on your school grounds.
  • Class photos: Each participating class gets a picture with our Montgomery Parks’ mascot Woody the Tree.
  • Tree display: Montgomery County Forestry Board Champion Tree Display.
  • Reading of the Montgomery County Arbor Day Proclamation.
  • Activities with Montgomery Parks Naturalists.
  • Tree seedling giveaway to each student.

How’s that for an awesome in-school field trip!

Print out these official rules for your child’s teachers, principal and PTA board to get your students poster making, tree celebrating and ecosystem learning…and to get your school in the running for this awesome opportunity! 

2016 Montgomery Parks Arbor Day Poster Contest Rules

Please read and follow these rules carefully for your poster entry to be eligible. Full rules are also available online here.  

Winning posters must be received by March 25, 2016. Late entries will not be accepted. For questions, contact Thomas Berry at 301-670-8061 or

Mail entries to:

MNCPPC, Montgomery Parks Shady Grove Maintenance Facility

Attention:  Thomas Berry, Urban Forester

16641 Crabbs Branch Way

Rockville, MD 20855

The 2016 theme is “The Benefits of Trees in Montgomery County.” The theme must be on the poster.

Posters must be the original work of a student currently in the third, fourth or fifth grade enrolled at a Montgomery County School.

The use of cartoon characters or television, movie, or sports figures is not acceptable.

No religious symbols.

The use of business or company names should not be included anywhere on the poster.

One winning poster from each school will be accepted.

Posters must be completed, signed, and submitted with the Arbor Day Post Contest Reporting Form.

All artwork on the posters must be finished and the artist’s signature must be in the lower right?hand corner on the front.

Posters must be created in one of the specified mediums and must be within the size limits.

Posters may be done in marker, colored pencil, crayon, watercolor, ink, acrylic, tempera paint, or paint pen.

Posters may be any size between and including 8½x11  and 14×18.

Computer generated art and printing is not acceptable.

Poster must be reproducible — no collages please (collages include anything glued to the poster).

Posters must be flat. Folded, matted, mounted, laminated, or framed posters are not acceptable.

The poster must be related to the contest theme in some way.

Any and all writing should be spelled correctly and easy to read.



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