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Texas Arbor Day Curriculum & Contest

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2016 Texas Arbor Day

Dear Educators:

Clark Gardens invites you and your 4th grade students to participate in two exciting programs:

  1. Clark Gardens Texas Arbor Day Curriculum & Poster Contest
  2. Clark Gardens Historic Tree Trail and Arbor Day Field Trip combining science activities and Texas History. (Participation in the Texas Arbor Day Curriculum and Poster Contest is mandatory to attend the Field Trip.)

The purpose of the program is to increase knowledge about the importance of tree diversity in our community.

The 2017 Texas 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, is pdfavailable online to teachers.

[ pdfView/Download the 2017 Arbor Day Curriculum & Activity Guide ]

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 provide beauty in our communities.

Each concept has a 45-minute lesson plan, designed to be taught by the classroom teacher.  The program culminates with students producing a poster with the theme of “Trees Are Terrific…in All Shapes and Sizes!”

A Clark Gardens staff member will pick up posters on the date noted below and members of the Clark Gardens Garden Club will judge each entry. Each participating school campus will have one poster selected as the overall winner from that school. An overall Best of Show will be selected from the school overall winners.

All participating teachers will receive four one-time admission passes to Clark Gardens. Classroom teacher of the school campus winner will receive an annual family membership for four to Clark Gardens along with a $20 gift certificate to the Clark Gardens Gift Shop.

All participating students will receive a Certificate of Participation.

The winning student from each participating school will receive an Award Certificate, an annual family membership for four to Clark Gardens, and a framed copy of his/her poster. The student awarded with the Best of Show poster will have a tree planted in their honor at Clark Gardens.

Note: All posters remain the property of Clark Gardens and will not be returned to the school or students. Teachers are encouraged to make a photocopy of each student's entry for their classroom or students.

The Clark Gardens Texas Historic Tree Trail and Arbor Day Field Trip is available for 8 classes daily with a maximum of 22 students each on Thursday, November 2 and Friday November 3. Students will arrive no later than 8:45 with activities beginning at 9:00 am and conclude by 2:00 pm. Picnic lunch breaks are built into the program (school provided sack lunches). Students will tour the Historical Tree Trail and discover the history behind the following Texas historical trees: Alamo Live Oak; LBJ Winged Elm; Sam Houston Kissing Bur Oak; Goose Island Live Oak; and the Moon Sycamore. Along the way students will participate in field study activities studying leaves, bark, and measurement of trees.

Important dates to remember:

  • May 22, 2017 - Registration Opens. Please note there is limited availability for attending the field trip (8 classes daily).
  • August 1st - Curriculum is available online; if desired curriculum delivered to teachers by a Clark Gardens staff member. Any 4th grade classroom may participate in the Arbor Day Curriculum free of charge. Attending the field day is not mandatory.
  • September 1st - Registration forms must be completed for classes participating in the Clark Gardens Texas Arbor Day Curriculum and Poster Contest
  • October 28th, by 10:00 am - Posters will be picked up by Clark Gardens staff.
  • November 2nd and 3rd - Optional Clark Gardens Texas Historic Tree Trail and Arbor Day Field Trip. School winners and best of show are announced. Certificates of completion are distributed to participating teachers attending the Field Trip.

Carol Clark Montgomery                    
Executive Director, Clark Gardens

Registration Form

You may complete the registration form one of two ways:

  • Print the PDF pdfregistration form and send it to Clark Gardens, or...
  • Complete and submit the online registration form below.

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