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2015 Arbor Day Poster Contest


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Smokey & Heidi

Smokey Bear poses with 1st Place Winner, Heidi Kane of Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate School in Harrison, IN


Meeting teachers and their students around the state is a marvelous experience!

CONGRATULATIONS to the State Winner, HEIDI KANE (pictured here with Smokey Bear) at Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate School in Harrison, IN! Smokey Bear arrived via helicopter and personally delivered Heidi’s prize and some tree saplings! (Heidi’s poster is on the far right end above).





Smokey and Holly visit Easton Polaski School to congratulate Caroline Niewiadomski and Kullen Day

Smokey and Holly visit Eastern Pulaski Elementary School to congratulate Caroline Niewiadomski and Kullen Day


Indiana Urban Forest Council Executive Director Holly Jones, along​ with Special Guest, Smokey Bear,​ visit Kullen Day​ and his class to celebrate Caroline Niewiadomski’s 2nd Place State win in the 2015 IUFC​ Arbor Day Poster Contest! Smokey Bear arrived in Winamac, IN, via helicopter and personally delivered Caroline’s prize and some tree saplings! (Caroline’s is in the center poster at the top of the page).





Saniyah Jones, 3rd Place Winner

Saniyah Jones receives 3rd Place award for her entry in the 2015 IUFC Arbor Day Poster Contest



The Arbor Day Poster Contest wraps up with the final recognition award ceremony for 3rd Place Winner, Saniyah Jones of Paramount School of Excellence in Indianapolis, IN with her classmates and teacher. Smokey Bear presented the awards and tree saplings with Holly Jones (IUFC).






What fun occasions for all of these talented students and a BIG HIGH FIVE to all poster contest participants for a great job with their posters! Many, many, many thanks for the support and participation of educators across the state of Indiana!


 More About the Annual IUFC Arbor Day Poster Contest

The 5th Grade Indiana Arbor Day Poster Contest hosted annually by the Indiana Urban Forest Council features the theme,“Trees are Terrific and Energy Wise!” A downloadable PDF contest guide provides classroom activities designed to increase understanding of the biology of trees, their importance in our communities and the ways they contribute to reducing energy consumption. You will find exact correlations to the revised Indiana Academic Standards (2010) for Science and Fine Arts listed for each activity so that you are not only meeting your requirements as an educator in Indiana, but can also have fun enriching your students  with these proven activities.

2014 1st Place Runner-up: Paige Jones and her teacher Lydia Weber of Lincoln Elementary School

2014 1st Place Runner-up: Paige Jones and her teacher Lydia Weber of Lincoln Elementary School

1st Runner-up: Paige Jones

1st Runner-up: Paige Jones

The use of part or all of the activities presented in the guide is encouraged but not mandatory for participation in the contest. Educators may adapt, alter, or supplement theses activities to meet the needs of their students.

Poster entries must, however, clearly convey that your students have a good basic understanding of how trees function and benefit our urban environment.

Without a doubt, your class time is precious and you have a lot to accomplish each day. We also believe that trees are such an important and integral part of our world and that they can be used to teach so many different subject areas in educationally unique ways!

To participate in the annual IUFC poster contest, please see the links of information below. We hope that you will take part in this fun and rewarding learning program about the world’s greatest renewable resource… TREES! 


Registration* ended on Friday, March 27. Casting votes ended at midnight, Sunday, April 12, 2015.

*The original registry link for Indiana 5th grade student participants has closed.

LESSON PLANS: Fun lesson plans and activities that directly correlate with Indiana Academic Standards for 5th grade Science and Fine Arts (Visual Arts) have been prepared for teachers to aid them in preparing students to participate in the poster contest.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Learn more about the really cool prizes planned for the 2015 poster contest here.

ACTIVITY SHEETS: To get students in the mindset for learning about trees, a set of activity sheets featuring the Arbor Rangers can be downloaded here.

DRAWING TREES: A basic tutorial on how to draw trees.

PAST CONTEST WINNERS: To view past winners, click here.

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