Growing Works of Art is an arts and writing contest for students in grades 1-8. This contest is hosted in partnership with UVM Extension and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation.
2021 Contest Theme
Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives: Share Your Tree Story!
From providing shade to reducing stress, the evidence is growing- trees impact our health and our communities. This year's theme is celebrating the connections we share with trees by creating a work of art and written story that showcases how trees impact our health and our communities.
Deadline for entries: Friday, March 12th, 2021.
One winner will be selected from each grade (1-8) and receive:
- Artwork and stories featured online.
- A Vermont State Parks punch pass ($30 value).
- Featured on WCAX’s “Across the Fence” television show (if possible in 2021).
- Students currently enrolled in grades 1-8 in Vermont are eligible to enter. One prize will be awarded per grade.
- Only one entry per student.
- Art must be original and no larger than 11 x 17 inches.
- It can be created in pen, pencil, crayon, pastels, paint, cloth, collage, photography or computer art.
- Entries must include the artwork and the written portion.
- A completed entry form must accompany the submission.
- Entry must be titled with the tree story title and signed in the lower right-hand corner.
- Teachers and club or organizational leaders may submit entries in groups as long as each individual submission has the completed entry form.
- Entries become the property of the Vermont Division of Forestry and will not be returned.
Entries will be judged on 50% creativity and originality, and 50% successful communication about their tree story.
Past Contest Winners
Contact Rebecca Roy, Conservation Education Specialist at Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tree Campus K-12
Interested in doing more on your school grounds? Tree Campus K-12 is a sister program to the Tree Campus USA, Tree City USA and Tree Line USA programs,and is administered by the National Arbor Day Foundation. As stated on the Tree Campus K-12 page, this program "inspires collaboration between schools, students, and communities to facilitate experiences with trees as a learning tool. The program encourages schools and educators to create purposeful opportunities for students to interact with trees by offering resources as well as a framework for becoming recognized and celebrating their efforts with their community." Learn more about Tree Campus K-12.