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5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest

Fifth grade students are encouraged to design and submit an original poster depicting the current year's theme:

Trees for Bees

Bees are pollinators, and without pollinators we would not be able to enjoy flowers, fruits, or many vegetables. Bees need a healthy ecosystem to thrive, and trees have an important role in healthy ecosystems. There are several types of trees which bees prefer including: maple, tulip, willow and sumac. The flowers of these trees provide nectar and pollen for the pollinators.


  • Pollinator: an animal that moves pollen from one plant to another, helping them make fruit or seeds
  • Ecosystem: a community that includes all living and nonliving things found in a specific area
  • Nectar: a sweet liquid produced by plants and used by bees to make honey
  • Pollen: a powder produced by the male reproductive system of many plants
  • Pollination: the process of pollen moving from the plants male reproductive system (called the stamen) to the female reproductive system (called the pistil)

Be sure to read the contest rules carefully.

Three staff and the poster winner child posed with the winning poster
2013 Arbor Day tree planting at Empire Plaza with
Program Manager Kramarchyk, Poster Contest
Winner Tari Civerolo, Division Director Davies,
and Program Assistant Kellogg

Poster competition begins at the local elementary school level. Each school's winning entry is then entered into a regional judging event. Nine regional champions are chosen and from these a final, statewide winner is selected. The state winner will be invited to celebrate at the State Capital in Albany and have a tree planted in their name at their school. Various other prizes are awarded to the state winning student and his/her school. The New York State winner also receives the honor of having his/her artwork replicated as the NYS Arbor Day Bookmark, which is distributed to schools and libraries all over the state. Approximately 2,000 students from around the state participate each year.

By participating in the annual Arbor Day poster contest, students learn about the importance of trees and how they affect the health and well being of our environment and the quality of life in our communities.

For more information about the annual Arbor Day poster contest and to get a copy of the Arbor Day bookmark contact a DEC Forester near you. See the list below.

Region 1
John Wernet, NYS DEC
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790
(631) 444-0285

Region 2
Tim Wenskus, NYS DEC
47-40 21st St
L. I. City, NY 11101
(718) 482-4942

Region 3
George Profous, NYS DEC
21 South Putt Corners Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 256-3000

Region 4
Dan Gaidasz, NYS DEC
1150 North Westcott Rd
Schenectady, NY 12306
(518) 357-2066

Region 5
Rich McDermott, NYS DEC
232 Golf Course Rd, P.O. Box 220
Warrensburg, NY 12885
(518) 623-1270

Region 6
Glen Roberts, NYS DEC
7327 State Route 812
Lowville, NY 13367
(315) 376-3521

Region 7
Dave Sinclair, NYS DEC
1285 Fisher Ave
Cortland, NY 13045
(607) 753-3095

Region 8
Garrett Koplun, NYS DEC
6274 East Avon-Lima Rd
Avon, NY 14414
(585) 226-2466

Region 9
Patrick Marren, NYS DEC
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7000

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