Fisheries and Land Resources

Forestry and Agrifoods

National Forest Week Poster Contest

All Grade 5 students in Newfoundland and Labrador are invited to participate in the annual National Forest Week Poster Contest. The contest provides students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about forests and forestry related issues through art.

Current Contest Theme

In recognition of Canada turning 150, the 2017 National Forest Week is being marked with the theme: Canada’s Forests: Our Stories, Our Future.  It is with great pleasure, that in celebration of the week, we present our annual National Forest Week Poster Contest and invite all Grade 5 students in the province to submit a poster that demonstrates their understanding of the National Forest Week theme. 

The title of the poster should be:

"My Canada 150 Forest Story"

Students are encouraged to draw a picture that tells their favourite forest story with a Canada 150 twist.  Their story may be fictional or based on real events and we encourage students to include a brief abstract explaining their poster. Here are a few suggestions to help get the forest stories started. 

The poster can:  

  • portray a memorable time they spent in the forest; 

  • show why they think forests are important to Canadians;

  • depict an activity Canadians enjoy doing in the forest;

  • illustrate how a Canadian forest product is produced; or

  • tell an historical forest-related story.       

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Poster Contest Objectives

The public education goal of the 2014-2024 Provincial Forest Management Strategy PDF is to ensure the citizens of the province understand the importance of effective forest management in maintaining our forest ecosystem. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to ensuring the children of our province:

  • appreciate the current and historical importance of our forest resources;
  • understand how today's lifestyles are dependent on forest products;
  • appreciate that trees are a renewable resource; and,
  • realize that if managed properly, forests can provide both economic and social value to all residents.

To that effect, the poster contest has been specifically designed to:

  • teach today's children about the importance of forest resources;
  • recognize children's creativity; and,
  • provide Newfoundland and Labrador educators with appropriate, locally-based teaching resources.

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Contest Details


Contest is open to all Grade 5 public, private and home-schooled students in Newfoundland and Labrador. Group posters are not acceptable and only one poster per student.


Posters must be original. Copyrighted cartoon characters, TV figures and photographs will not be accepted.


Posters must include the theme, "My Canada 150 Forest Story!" in the poster design. The theme must be free drawn and spelled correctly. Stencils, computer-generated text, clipart and press-on letters will not be accepted.

Students are encouraged to include a brief description explaining their poster.  The description may be included as part of their poster, written on the back, or attached on a separate piece of paper.   If including a separate piece of paper, please ensure it is secured to the poster or clearly marked with the student’s name.


Posters should be created using plain white, landscape-oriented, tabloid size (11"x17") paper. The posters will not be accepted for judging if they are matted, framed or laminated. Posters must be flat and it is preferred that the posters not be folded or rolled.

Posters may be drawn in marker, crayon, coloured pencil, paint, pens, watercolour, ink, acrylic or tempera paint. Bright colours that reproduce well are best. No glitter, glued objects, tissue paper or any other type of add-ons.


Judging will be done by the National Forest Week Poster Committee and will be based on originality, creativity, uniqueness, and adherence to the message.

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First Place Provincial Winner

  • The winning entry will be permanently displayed at Forestry and Wildlife Headquarters.
  • The winner will receive a framed copy of their poster, an Apple iPad and a Smokey Bear Fun Pack.
  • The winner's school will receive a $250 Chapters Indigo Gift Card.

Second and Third Place Honourable Mentions

  • Two second and third place honourable mentions will each receive an Apple iPod Touch and a Smokey Bear Fun Pack.
  • Their schools will each receive a $100 Chapters Indigo Gift Card.

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Entry Details and Deadline

Entry Forms

Each entry or group of entries must have signed registration form to be eligible for judging.

Download the NFW Poster Registration Form PDF (288 KB)

Poster Identification

All entries should be clearly labeled on the BACK of the poster. Indicate the student's name, grade, teacher's name, school name and phone number. (Note: Please encourage student to print lightly so the writing doesn't transfer through to the front of the poster. We have found that printing the information separately on a sticker or label, and then sticking the label on the back of the poster works best.)


Entries must be postmarked by: Friday, October 13, 2017Due to numerous requests, deadline has been extended to Friday, October 27, 2017!

Mail all entries to:

National Forest Week Poster Contest
Department of Fisheries and Land Resources
P.O. Box 2006, Fortis Building Corner Brook, NL A2H 6J8
Attention: Public Relations Specialist

Under the authority of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, National Forest Week Calendar Contest, privacy information will be collected for the purpose of administering the contest in the manner described in the contest rules. The contest rules allow the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to disclose the name, school, community and image of contest winners for promotional purposes.

Any questions or comments can be directed to the Public Relations Specialist.

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Teacher Resource Material

Teachers; the following resources have been developed to help guide educators through National Forest Week. The National Forest Week Activity Guide contains forestry background information specific to Newfoundland and Labrador, ideas for National Tree Day, as well as a variety of activities you can do with your class.

National Forest Week Activity Guide PDF (703 KB)

For further information, feel free to contact your local Forestry and Wildlife District Office or the Public Relations Specialist.

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Past Contest Winners

2017 Provincial Winner - Katie Spurrell - Riverside Elementary, Clarenville

2017 Poster Contest Winner

2017 Honorable Mentions PDF (3.42 MB)

2016 Provincial Winner – Braeden Mouland - Phoenix Academy, Carmenville

Artwork by 2016 Provincial Winner - Braeden Mouland - Phoenix Academy, Carmenville

2016 Honorable Mentions PDF (4.31 MB)

2015 Provincial Winner - Dwayne Goodyear - Phoenix Academy, Carmenville

Artwork by 2015 Provincial Winner - Dwayne Goodyear - Phoenix Academy, Carmenville

2015 Honorable Mentions PDF (3.1 MB)

2014 Provincial Winner - Morgan Myles - Lewisporte Academy, Lewisporte

Artwork by 2014 Provincial Winner - Morgan Myles - Lewisporte Academy, Lewisporte

2014 Honorable Mentions PDF (5.5 MB)

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