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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:

Habitats for Bats

Bats are misunderstood creatures. Despite their association with Halloween, most bats eat a variety of things including flying insects, fruit, nectar, and small animals. NYS is home to nine species of bats. Six species are cave bats, which hibernate in caves during the winter, but live in a variety of places during the summer, including trees. There are also three species of tree bats, which live year-round in trees.


  • Habitat: an area that provides an animal or plant with adequate food, water, shelter, and living space in a suitable arrangement
  • Roost: the place where a bat sleeps
  • Hibernation: occurs when an animal becomes inactive, or "sleeps" during winter

Be sure to read the contest rules carefully.

2018 Arbor Day poster contest winner Sydney Starkey
2018 Arbor Day tree planting at Pocantico Hills School
with Partnerships Coordinator Sally Kellogg, Poster Contest
Winner Sydney Starkey, and Volunteer Coordinator Mary Martin

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 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster, 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 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster 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
1130 North Westcott Rd
Schenectady, NY 12306
(518) 357-2351

Region 5
Jeff Speich, 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
Andy Goeller, NYS DEC
2715 State Route 80
Sherburne, NY 13460-0594
(607) 674-4036 x603

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) 851-7046

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