Arbor Day is a national observance that celebrates the importance of trees and promotes tree planting and care. First celebrated in 1872, it was established as a way to encourage farmers and homesteaders to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, food, fuel and beauty to open areas. In New York, Arbor Day is held on the last Friday in April.
Trees are essential to a healthy environment, helping provide clean air and creating a rich aesthetic for all. They are vital to our economy and contribute greatly to our everyday lives by providing paper for writing, lumber for the homes in which we live, maple syrup and fruit products, decorations during the holidays, improving air quality, and adding beauty to attract new business and tourism to our great state.
Unlike other holidays, many of which honor people or past events, Arbor Day looks to the future. Young people are our future foresters and leaders. This day reminds us to share our knowledge of the importance of trees and how to care for them with the youth of today.
Celebrating Arbor Day is a great opportunity for nursery and landscape professionals to promote tree planting and care in their communities. Create excitement and promote participation with tree planting activities, educational events, games, and programs for all ages.
2014 Arbor Day Poster Contest -- INVITATION FOR ENTRIES
Each year the public is invited to submit photography and/or artwork to be considered for the State Arbor Day Poster. The State Arbor Day Poster is a long time tradition and posters have become collector's items for many. There are over 100,000 posters printed for distribution to 3,500 schools throughout New York State and distributed at the NYS Fair, as well as many other venues. The winning artist is honored at the annual state Arbor Day celebration at the New York State Capitol, when the NYS Arbor Day Committee presents the NYS Governor and First Lady with a framed Arbor Day poster.
The NYS Arbor Day Committee is accepting entries through December 31, 2013.
Click the link below to download the Call for Entries and entry form.
The 2013 Arbor Day Poster contest winner was Josh Clague of Nassau, Rensselaer County, New York.
His entry is pictured above.
2012 Arbor Day Poster
photo by Tonya Whitford
2011 Arbor Day Poster
photo by Stewart Sacklow
2010 Arbor Day Poster
photo by Alexis Alvey
2009 Arbor Day Poster
photo by Sabrina Butitta
2008 Arbor Day Poster
photo by Melanie Wolcot