Teach and Inspire: Indiana’s Arbor Day Contest Celebrates Our Forest Superheroes


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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Forestry’s Community and Urban Forestry program has partnered with Indiana Project Learning Tree to announce the 2024 Arbor Day Poster Contest, inviting all 5th graders across the state to showcase their artistic talents.

This year’s theme, “Oak Trees: Superheroes of the Forest,” celebrates the vital role of Indiana’s native oak species. From nourishing wildlife with acorns to sequestering carbon dioxide and bolstering the state’s wood industry, oaks stand as powerful protectors of Indiana’s biodiversity.

The contest not only encourages students to delve into the wonders of oak trees but also emphasizes their importance in our ecosystem. Winners will bag exciting prizes, with the first-place victor receiving a tree planting at their school, a gift card, and a tree-themed book. Their artwork will also be prominently featured on Indiana DNR’s Division of Forestry Facebook page and website.

To participate, schools are urged to explore the theme in their classrooms, hold internal competitions, and forward their best poster to the state-wide contest. Posters are to be original, fitting the theme, and free from copyrighted images.

For further inquiries, interested parties are encouraged to reach out to the CUF at leiler@dnr.IN.gov or check out free educational resources on the Project Learning Tree website.

Teachers are also reminded of the upcoming Natural Resources Teacher Institute from June 24-28, 2024.


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