Fifth Grade Poster Contest
Celebrate Arbor Day with Art!

The posters have all been submitted and voted on for the 2018 contest! Congratulations to Isabelle D. (1st place), Hunter S. (2nd place), and Addisyn K. (3rd place) on your artwork!

Head to our facebook page to view the rest of the submissions!



The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is happy to announce the return of the 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest!

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance once held an annual poster contest for fifth grade students. Winning entries went on to the national competition run by the Arbor Day Foundation. When the Arbor Day Foundation decided to discontinue their contest, ours went away with it. The poster contest was replaced with our Go Green Youth Challenge initiative (GGYC).

While the GGYC was successful and planted over 1,000 trees in Michigan, we have decided to change directions by bringing the poster contest back. We hope to see a lot of great entries this year. We are very excited to have this contest back and hope you are too. If you have any questions about this contest, please email


This year, Michigan 5th grade students are invited to use their imaginations and creativity to submit a poster demonstrating the theme:

Trees for Life


Contest Rules:

1.  Entry must be original artwork. Computer generation or collages WILL NOT be accepted. They may be done in crayon, marker, watercolor, ink, acrylic, colored pencil, tempura paint, or any combination of these.

2.  Entry must be from 8.5" x 11" to 14" x 18" in size.

3. Please send ONLY ONE poster from each participating class and tape/paper clip the entry form to the back of the poster. Choose whatever method you like for determining the top entry (classroom/school contest, science or art fair display, penny war, etc.)

  • If you are participating as an individual or through a library Rule #3 does not apply.

4. The poster must be related to the contest theme in some way. The theme "Trees for Life" must be on the poster, spelled correctly.

5. Entry must be signed on the back of the poster with the student's first and last name.

6. Parents/Guardians/Teachers of homeschooled students: please register by providing your fifth grade student's name, your name, address, contact phone number, and email address on the entry form.

7. Please fill out the entry form completely and legibly. If we are unable to contact you, you will forfeit your prize.

8. Entries must be mailed flat. Do not fold, roll, matte, mount, laminate, or frame your poster.

9. Posters WILL NOT be automatically returned. If you would like your poster back, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope large enough to hold your poster along with your entry and we will mail it back to you. Posters will NOT be returned after May 1, 2018.


All entries must be received by March 5, 2018, and mailed to:

  Michigan Arbor Day Alliance
Attn:  5th Grade Poster Contest
551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3
Charlotte, MI  48813
  Contest R


Contest entries will be judged on the following criteria: 


  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Appropriateness to Contest Theme


Plus, did we mention there are Prizes?! 


A First, Second, and Third place prize will be awarded.

First Place:

  • $100 Acorn Naturalist gift certificate for winning student
  • $100 gift card for winning teacher for classroom supplies
  • $100 for a tree planting at your school or in your community

Second Place:

  • $50 Acorn Naturalist gift certificate for winning student
  • $50 gift card for teacher for classroom supplies
  • $100 for a tree planting at your school or in your community

Third Place:

  • $25 Acorn Naturalist gift certificate for winning student
  • $25 gift card for teacher
  • $100 for a tree planting at your school or in your community

The First Place winner and their teacher will also be invited to be recognized at the State Arbor Day Celebration in Lansing on April 27th, 2018.


Here's what you need to get started:

Invitation Letter

Entry Form


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 2017 Contest Winners!!!












First Place: Lillian T. from Howell














 Second Place: Kali G. from St. Johns












Third Place: Madeline V. from Novi


Thank you to everyone who participated in our first year! We had a great time seeing all the amazing entries. We had 72 students from around the state participate and we hope to see this contest grow even larger!

A BIG Thank You to all our partners and sponsors who make the State Arbor Day Celebration a success: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Eaton Conservation District, ITC, MSU Federal Credit Union, Ingham County Parks & Rec., Potter Park Zoo, Adams Outdoor Advertising, Forestry & Public Service-City of Lansing, Consumers Energy, Lansing Board of Water & Light, Van Pines Nursery, Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association, Metropolitan Forestry Consultants, Inc., the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the Michigan Humanities Council, and Williams Farm Machinery.

We would also like to thank all the volunteer presenters and their organizations for making the State Arbor Day Celebration a wonderful event!