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Kansas Arbor Day Poster Contest

arbor day poster contestThe Kansas Arbor Day Poster Contest is an artistic competition open to public, private and home-schooled fifth-graders across the state that strives to increase an appreciation and awareness of the important role that trees play in the environment and in our quality of life. For the 2016-2017 contest, the theme will be: 

Kansas Trees are Terrific … And Energy Wise!

The lesson plan, available below, offers a ready-to-use curriculum that supports several Kansas College and Career Ready Standards in reading, speaking and listening, mathematics, science, history, government and social studies. This new lesson plan provides classroom content and hands-activities that teach students the multiple benefits of community trees, how to identify the economic, environmental and social benefits of trees, calculate values for those benefits and how to identify and measure trees. More than 1,000 Kansas students participate at the local level with six district-winning posters competing for the state prize. The State Winner, their family, teacher, and principal are invited to the Kansas Tree City USA Recognition Day in the spring where they are recognized for their achievement. State and District winners, their teachers, and schools also receive substantial gift packages for their efforts. 

The Kansas Arbor Day Poster Contest and its efforts are possible due to the partnership of these organizational and industry partners – Westar Energy Green Team, Kansas City Power & Light, ITC, Kansas Arborists Association, Kansas Nursery and Landscape Association, Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, Kansas Forest Service and the USDA Forest Service. 

2017 Kansas Arbor Day Poster Contest Lesson Plan

Current winners for 2017

To find out how you or your class may participate, contact Kim Bomberger, Kansas Poster Contest Coordinator.

Past Winners: 2016  2015