Press Release: 2021-02-22

Department of Conservation and Recreation Encourages Fifth Grade Students in Massachusetts to Participate in 2021 Arbor Day Poster Contest

Department of Conservation and Recreation Encourages Fifth Grade Students in Massachusetts to Participate in 2021 Arbor Day Poster Contest

BOSTON — Today, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Jim Montgomery encouraged Massachusetts students in the fifth grade to participate in the agency’s 2021 Arbor Day Poster Contest. Fifth graders from across the Commonwealth currently enrolled in both public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students, can participate in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest by creating posters that illustrate this year’s themeThe Trees Out Our Window. 


“Every tree is unique with an important role in keeping our environment healthy, and I’m pleased that each year fifth graders capture this importance by participating in the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s annual Arbor Day Poster Contest,” said DCR Commissioner Jim Montgomery. “I look forward to 2021’s inspiring entries from students throughout the Commonwealth bringing to life this year’s theme ‘The Trees Out Our Window.’” 


Students will submit a poster entry at their school, which will host a poster contest to determine the winner. The winning poster from each school will be submitted to DCR for review, and the agency will select and announce a winner on Arbor Day, Friday, April 30, 2021. Home-schooled or non-participating school students are asked to submit their posters to DCR and enter the contest individually. First place prizes for the DCR Arbor Day Poster Contest include a tree planting ceremony at the winner’s school, a certificate for art and science supplies, and more. Second Place, Third Place, and Honorable Mention winners will also receive art and science supplies. 


“This year particularly we are all looking forward to spring,” said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley. “The Arbor Day Contest combines creative outlet with scientific study, a winning combination. I hope all of our fifth graders will be encouraged to enter.”


Trees are vital resources providing multiple benefits to people and the environment including: 

·       The reduction in energy use for heating and cooling; 

·       Cleansing water and air; 

·       The reduction of noise pollution; 

·       The beautification of communities; and, 

·       Providing habitats for wildlife. 


The Commonwealth is home to unique and diverse forest landscapes, from the pitch pine-scrub oak forests of the Southeast to the expansive hardwood forests of Western Massachusetts. This year’s theme “The Trees Out Our Window” is designed to capture and celebrate the diversity of our urban and wooded forests. Additionally, the Arbor Day Poster Contest allows students and educators the opportunity to combine both art and science to demonstrate the vital role trees have on our daily lives. 


The DCR Urban and Community Forestry Program, with support from the U.S. Forest Service and the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association, sponsors the annual contest for fifth graders across the Commonwealth. Posters must be submitted by March 15, 2021, and the contest is open to all students currently enrolled in the fifth grade. An Arbor Day Poster Contest Guide is available on the DCR website or can be obtained by contacting Mollie Freilicher, 413-577-2966 or