Cal Fire and California ReLeaf are looking for entries for their Arbor Week poster contest.
The contest is open to students in third, fourth and fifth grade. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Make My Community Healthy.” Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by Feb. 14. Winners will be featured at the State Fair and awarded cash prizes provided by the California Community Forests Foundation.
CAL FIRE and California ReLeaf are partnering to encourage cities, nature groups, schools, and youth organizations to celebrate California Arbor Week by planting trees in their communities. California ReLeaf is an alliance of community-based groups, individuals, businesses, and government agencies working to protect the environment by planting and caring for trees and the state’s urban and community forests.
“Trees are essential to the overall health of our environment,” Cal Fire Deputy Director Duane Shintaku stated in a press release. “Focused education for California’s youth is one of the most effective ways we can increase awareness of the important roles trees play in California and the many benefits they provide to the communities in which we live.”
The goals of Arbor Week include educating Californians about trees, encouraging tree planting, teaching elementary school children the environmental, social, and economic benefits of trees, and protecting the state’s valuable natural resources.
Contest rules and educational materials can be downloaded at www.arborweek.org/contests.
California Arbor Week runs March 7-14 every year to mark famed horticulturist Luther Burbank’s birthday and to raise awareness of the benefits of trees in our communities. Visit www.arborweek.org for more information.