Growing Works of Art Contest

A Contest for Vermont Students, Grades 1 - 8

2018 Theme Announced

Share a Tree Story: How a tree has helped you GROW!

Arbor Day is a day to plant, nurture and appreciate trees and the difference they make in our lives. To help us spread the word about Arbor Day, we are inviting students to actively participate in the celebration by creating a piece of tree art.

Contest Submission Form

Supporting Activity Guide

This year, the Growing Works of Art contest theme is Share a Tree Story: How a tree has helped you

GROW. Celebrate the connections we share with trees by helping your students create a work of art that showcases fond memories enjoyed because of the trees in our lives. Students will write a short story (1-3 paragraphs) capturing their fond memory of their chosen tree, and create art illustrating the beauty of their chosen tree.

This art/science activity will enrich student knowledge about trees.  Eight students (one per grade) will have their artwork professionally printed and developed into a poster that will be distributed to schools across Vermont.

Winning entries will be featured online, and receive:

  • A Vermont State Parks punch pass ($30 value)
  • Plus, be featured on WCAX’s “Across the Fence” television show!

See winning posters below and our 2015, 2016, & 2017 feature Across the Fence

Questions? Contact Rebecca Roy, Conservation Education Specialist.

Previous Arbor Day Poster Contest Finalists

  • Theresa Steward

    Rochester School


  • Natalie Messier

    Randolph Union Middle School


  • Evan Joaquin

    Killington Elementary School


  • Emma Dana

    Union Street School


  • Ben Nowicki

    The Mountain School at Winhall


  • Ryan E. Ostrom

    Weathersfield Elementary School


  • Virginia Mongeur

    Rochester Elementary School


  • Ziva Baker

    Westford Elementary School


  • Kyla Garcia McShane

    Grade 7

    School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales

  • Orin Mahikoa

    Waits River Valley School

    Grade 8

  • Ciana Berry


    Grade 6

  • Laila Buskey

    Union Street School

    Grade 5

  • Emma Haag

    Fairfield Center School

    Grade 4

  • Brendan Barbour

    Reading Elementary School

    Grade 3

  • Maggie Klingensmith

    Rochester Elementary School

    Grade 2

  • Agatha Hopkins


    Grade 1

  • Hannah Schwarz

    Thetford Academy

    Grade 7

  • Gabriel Schatz

    Home School

    Grade 6

  • Andrew Gubbins

    The Pomfret School

    Grade 5

  • Payton Kingsbury

    Union Street School

    Grade 4

  • Helen Culpo

    Castleton Elementary School

    Grade 3

  • Isaiah Dowland

    Newport City Elementary School

    Grade 2

  • Lekha Kaplan

    Fayston Elementary School

    Grade 1