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Indiana Arbor Day Poster Contest
Updated January 10, 2017 5:58 AM
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(UNDATED) - The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Community and Urban Forestry Program announces the 2017 Indiana Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year's theme will be: Trees Are Terrific In Every Shape And Size!

The goal of this year's contest is to increase awareness of the variety of Native Tree Species in Indiana, to educate our youth about Right Tree, Right Place, and to open an opportunity for a broader discussion on diversity.

The contest is open to all 5th graders, throughout the State of Indiana.The web link below brings you the official poster contest webpage hosted by Arbor Rangers and includes rules and registration information as well as teacher resources for the contest. 2017 Arbor Day Poster Contest Website:
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Indiana State Standards can be applied to the Arbor Day Poster Contest:

Officials have made several changes to simplify the contest for 2017 in the hopes of increasing participation and awareness among our young people.

One of these steps was to provide several choices for age appropriate lesson plans that can align with Indiana academic standards for 5th graders. Officials encourage teachers to explore and find the right lesson plan for your classroom. Just like the right tree needs the right place, the right classroom needs right lesson plan.

  • Visual Arts, 5.8 - Experience the integrative nature of visual arts, other arts disciplines, and disciplines outside the arts, and understand the arts as a critical component of learning and comprehension in all subject areas.
  • Social Studies, 5.3.11-12 - Describe adaptation and how Native American Indians and colonists adapted to variations in the physical environment. Describe and analyze how specific physical features influenced historical events and movements.
  • Science, 5.ESS.3 & 3-5.E.2 - Investigate ways individual communities within the United States protect the Earth's resources and environment. Construct and compare multiple plausible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • Health and Wellness, 5.8 - Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family and community health.

Resources with developed lesson plans:

  • Project Learning Tree -
  • The Morton Arboretum -
  • DNR Forestry -
  • i-Tree Lessons -

Seedlings for 3rd Grade Classrooms

The Indiana DNR State Nurseries will be sending schools a postcard toward the end of January for the annual tree seedling give-away to all Indiana third graders. This year each third grader from responding schools will receive a Norway Spruce seedling, and each responding school will receive one Black Oak. In order to receive these free trees please respond by the specified date, expected to be sometime in mid-February.

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