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 participate in the celebration by creating a piece of tree art and sharing a tree story.
The Growing Works of Art Contest is hosted in partnership with UVM Extension and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation.
2020 Contest Theme
Trees are superheroes: share your tree story of why we need trees!
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. The 2020 Growing Works of Art contest theme is “Trees are superheroes: share your tree story of why we need trees.”
Deadline for entries: March 13th, 2020.
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
- 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.email@example.com.
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.