The Hudson Valley is home to so many talented artists and many of them are still in school, elementary school to be specific. The New York State Department of Conservation is calling all fifth-graders throughout the state to enter their artwork in the 2019 Arbor Day Poster and Artwork Contest.

They are also looking for artists of any age to submit original work to be featured on the New York State Arbor Day Poster.

The NYSDEC is hoping that through our children’s artwork as well as other art and photography submissions, the importance of trees to our communities, economy, and even our health will be highlighted throughout the state.

For the Fifth grade Arbor Day Poster contest, students are asked to create an original poster working with this year’s theme ‘Habitats for Bats’. This contest is open to any students currently in the fifth grade. For the New York State Arbor Day Artwork Contest, artists are asked to submit an original piece of artwork or photography

The Arbor Day Planning Committee, made up of representatives from the DEC, Empire Forest Foundation, NYS Arborist Association, NYS Nursery and Landscape Association, among others, is currently accepting submissions of original art and photography from now until December 31, 2018.

Imagine your artwork as the official 2018 New York State Arbor Day poster in schools, government buildings, libraries, nursery and landscaping business, and environmental organizations throughout the state. Plus, you be honored and recognized at the annual Arbor Day celebration.

Submission details include that it must be your original artwork and only photos taken in New York State will be accepted. For complete rules and applications, click here. Good luck!