Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Jim Montgomery says that “Trees Please” will be the theme of the agency’s 2020 fifth grade Arbor Day Poster Contest.

In a release announcing the contest, the DCR said posters must be submitted by March 15, and the contest is open to all students currently enrolled in the fifth grade in either public or private schools, as well as home-schooled students. Schools are then asked to host a poster contest to determine the winner and submit it to the agency for review. Home schooled students or those in non-participating schools may submit their posters and enter the contest individually.

First place prizes 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.

An Arbor Day Poster Contest Guide is available on the DCR website or can be obtained by calling 413-577-2966 or emailing

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