News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Annual Contest Taking Submissions until Jan. 17, 2020

TheMaryland Department of Natural Resourcesand Forest Conservancy District Boards invites all Maryland fifth-graders in private and public schools to participate in the annualArbor Day Poster Contest.

The theme for 2020 is: “Trees Are Terrific…in All Four Seasons!”

All entries must be delivered to a localMaryland Forest Serviceoffice by noon, Jan. 17, 2020.

Students are encouraged to share their appreciation for Maryland’s forests and trees through original works of art. The poster size must be no smaller than 8.5 by 11 inches and no larger than 22 by 28 inches. They must be drawn 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 at the statewide level. A select panel will then choose the top three winning posters that will receive tree plantings at the artists’ schools ? the first place will win 15 trees, second place will receive 10, and third place will receive five. Teachers will be notified by March 18, 2020, and school plantings will be scheduled in the spring. 

Contest comments or questions may be directed to Anne Gilbert at 410-260-8510 or

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