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Arbor Day and Arbor Day Poster Competition
Arbor Day Poster Competition

Contest Deadlines
Registration Form (Registration for the 2013 competition has closed)
Contest Rules
pdf 2013 Clark Gardens Garden Club Arbor Day Poster Contest Activity Guide 5.07 MB

Dear Educators:

Clark Gardens Garden Club invites you and your 4th and 5th grade students to participate in the 2013 Clark Gardens Arbor Day Poster Contest. The purpose of the program is to build awareness of Arbor Day and appreciation for trees with emphasis on native trees in Parker and Palo Pinto County.

The 2013 Arbor Day Poster Competition theme is, "Trees Are Terrific... in All Shapes and Sizes!" It is designed to increase knowledge about the importance of tree diversity in our community. The curriculum, adapted from the Texas Forest Service, will be available online to teachers by April 12th. Teaching objectives of the curriculum involve the following five concepts:

  1. Trees come in different sizes and shapes.
  2. Trees have specific growing conditions including soil, location and temperatures.
  3. Without a variety of trees one insect or one disease could kill all the trees.
  4. A greater diversity of trees means a greater diversity of wildlife.
  5. Tree diversity provides beauty in our communities.

Each concept has a 45 minute lesson plan, designed to be taught by the classroom teacher daily during the week of April 29th-May 3rd, 2013. The program culminates with students producing a poster with the theme of "Trees Are Terrific...in All Shapes and Sizes!" Your Clark Gardens Garden Club liaison will pick up posters by May 7th, 2013 and members of the Clark Gardens Garden Club will judge each entry. Each school will have only one winner.

All participating teachers will receive a tree sapling for their own personal use and four one-time admissions to Clark Gardens. Each winning student's classroom teacher will receive an annual family membership for four to Clark Gardens along with a $50 gift certificate to the Clark Gardens Gift Shop.

All participating students will receive a Certificate of Participation and a one-time admission to Clark Gardens.
The winning student from each participating school will receive an Award Certificate, an annual family membership for four to Clark Gardens, and a tree planted in their honor at their school.

Teachers are assigned a Clark Gardens Garden Club representative who acts as their liaison with Clark Gardens. The liaison is available to answer questions, pick up posters and notify teachers of winners. Once your registration form has been received by Clark Gardens, you will be notified with the name and contact information for your liaison.

The liaison will communicate with each participating teacher to discuss presentation of certificates, awards and plan for planting tree on school campus.

Sincerely,
Carol Clark Montgomery
Executive Director, Clark Gardens
Clark Gardens Garden Club Liaison

IMPORTANT DATES
  • March 29th - Participating teachers must complete the on line registration form
  • April 12th - Curriculum available on line; if desired curriculum delivered to teachers by liaison.
  • April 29th-May 3rd - Curriculum is designed to be taught during this week.
  • May 7th - Posters will be picked up by the liaison for judging.

2013 Clark Gardens Garden Club Arbor Day Poster Contest Local Competition Rules

1. All posters must be original artwork created by a student in the fourth or fifth grade.

2. The student's first and last name must be written or signed in the upper, right-hand corner on the back of the poster.

3. a) Posters may be done in marker, crayon, watercolor, ink, acrylic, colored pencil and/or tempura paint.
b)  Collages are not acceptable. Do not glue anything to your poster!!
c)  Computer or photo-generated art and/or lettering is not acceptable.

4. Posters must be no smaller than 81/2" x 11" and no larger than 11" x 17".

5. Posters must be done on paper that will allow for duplication, display and framing. In addition, posters should not be matted, mounted, laminated, framed, or folded.

6. The poster must be related to the contest theme in some way. The theme, Trees are Terrific...in All Shapes and Sizes! must be on the poster. All words on the poster must be spelled correctly!

7. Teachers and/or schools participating in the competition sponsored by Clark Gardens Garden Club must register with Clark Gardens by March 29, 2013. Posters will be picked up from each school by a Clark Gardens Garden Club representative on May 7, 2013 by end of school day. Posters will be judged by panel of Clark Garden Garden Club appointed judges and all results are final.

8. Each school will have ONE winner regardless of grade.

9. Local prizes for students, schools and teachers include:
a) All participating teachers will receive a tree sapling for their own personal use and four one-time passes to Clark Gardens
b) All participating students will receive a Certificate of Participation and a one-time admission pass to Clark Gardens.
c) Winning Students from each participating school wins: an Awards Certificate, an Annual Family membership to Clark Gardens and a tree planted in their honor at their school.
d) Winning Students Classroom Teacher wins: Annual Family membership to Clark Gardens and a $50 gift certificate to Clark Gardens Gift Shop.

Registration Form

Registration for the 2013 competition has closed.