CTC Programs

Learn about all the Colorado Tree Coalition programs with this narrated PowerPoint presentation created by Susan Hardin.

Awards & Scholarships

CommuniTree Awards

The Colorado Tree Coalition is dedicated to preserving, renewing and enhancing Colorado’s valued urban and community forests. The Awards Program wishes to keep this mission in mind and recognize individuals, organizations, businesses, communities and governments involved in unique and unusual projects that have made a positive impact on tree resources within Colorado.

Nomination Checklist

  • Identify a project, group or individual
  • Submit a nomination with contact information for both the nominee and yourself
  • Attach a detailed description of contributions, accomplishments & impacts
  • Include supplemental information -- photos, newspaper clippings, videos or other media

Award Theme

Eligible nominations must be involved in tree related themes that focus on CTC's mission statement: preserving, renewing and enhancing Colorado’s valued urban and community forests.

Make a nomination

Nominations can be made by completing and submitting the form below. Please email your supplemental information to Keith Wood at keith.wood@colostate.edu.











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The Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) provides scholarships to eligible members of the CTC to promote its mission of preserving, renewing and enhancing community forests.

The Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) has a limited amount of funds to assist people with registering to attend conferences and workshops throughout the year.  Because of the limited dollars available it is required of all who request assistance to follow these guidelines:

  1. Must be an individual, family or patron CTC member in good standing. Memberships available.

  2. Scholarship requests will be limited to a maximum of $300, and can only be applied to cover registration costs of the event.
  1. To request a scholarship submit the form below.  At a minimum the request should contain the name and location of the conference and what is hoped to be learned at the event, how it will be applied in your current position, and how it benefits the mission of the CTC.

  2. Requests will also be limited to one person per community/group/organization per workshop or conference. Many workshops and conferences now offer concurrent sessions and there is a value to sending more than one person.  However, the CTC will not be able to fund more than one person.

  3. Scholarship requests will be reviewed and approved by a majority vote of the Executive Committee of CTC.

  4. Those receiving scholarships will be required to supply an article or notes to be used in Tree Talk and/or placed on the CTC web site and/or in another electronic newsletter format so others can benefit from the workshop as well.

The board of the CTC is committed to education and is seeking additional funds so the scholarship program can be expanded and more people throughout Colorado can benefit from the various educational opportunities available.






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CommuniTree Award

Becky Wegner received a Colorado Tree Coalition CommuniTree Award for her work on the Notable Tree Calendar.


“Other holidays repose upon the past;
Arbor Day proposes for the future.”
-- J. Sterling Morton


The Colorado Tree Coalition Grant Program is now accepting applications! Applications are due by December 4th, 2015 to Keith.Wood@colostate.edu.

Colorado Tree Coalition Tree Grant

Please note these important criteria for the grant program:

  • The application is electronic.  All applications are emailed: Keith.Wood@colostate.edu
  • The maximum grant amount is $2,000.
  • 2015 grant recipients are not eligible for 2016 grants, but may reapply again in 2017.
  • Applications from communities serving populations of less than 8,000 people will receive 5 extra points in our grant evaluation process.
  • Applications that address emerald ash borer preparation, education or management will receive 5 extra points in the grant evaluation process.
  • Applications that include a new or updated tree inventory that is uploaded to www.cotreeview.com will receive 5 extra points in the grant evaluation process.

Colorado Tree Coalition Tree Grant Documents

Xcel Energy Vegetation Management Grant

Please note these important details of the grant program:

  • The application is electronic.  All applications are emailed: Keith.Wood@colostate.edu
  • The maximum grant amount is $3,000.
  • A cash match of 25% of the request is required.

Xcel Veg Management Grant

Twenty-five (25) Years of Urban Forestry Funding in Colorado

Twenty-five (25) years ago, the Forestry Title of the 1990 farm bill and the National Tree Trust Act of 1990 increased funding and other support for urban forestry in Colorado, allowing Colorado communities to apply for tree-related grants.

We are highlighting 10 noteworthy grant award recipients who demonstrated the broad impact of the urban forestry efforts in Colorado in cities large and small over the past 25 years.

Visit Colorado Grant Map Tour (http://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/?appid=c439d94c47704b5f9fe861376135256c#info) to learn more.

Colorado Tree Coalition Grant Recipients

The Colorado Tree Coalition awarded nearly $50,000 to 17 organizations in 2015. Along with matching funds provided by the grant recipients this will help plant more than 2,000 trees in communities across Colorado. Each of these projects allow residents the opportunity to make a difference in their community with their volunteer service. CTC grants are made possible through the support of the USDA Forest Service, the Colorado State Forest Service, Xcel Energy Foundation, Xcel Energy Vegetation Management, Colorado Public Radio and our Colorado Tree Coalition members and supporters. Since 1991 the Colorado Tree Coalition has awarded 484 grants totaling over $800,000.  As a result of these grants over 69,670 trees have been planted throughout the state.

For more information on the 2015 Grant Recipients, see the press release from March 2015.

Since 2004, Xcel Energy Vegetation Management Program has provided nearly $25,000 for utility tree planting demonstration projects. Since 2011, the Xcel Energy Foundation has provided $125,000 in funded projects.

Regular CTC Grants ($20,840)
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (Steamboat)
Town of Mancos
Southeast CO communities of Campo, Eads, La Junta, Lamar, Olney Springs, Springfield and Swink
Institute for Environmental Solutions (Wheat Ridge)
City of Alamosa
El Paso County
Rocky Ford Tree Board
South Suburban PRD
Project Learning Tree
City of Trinidad
City of Pueblo

Xcel Energy Vegetation Management ($2,000)
City of Brush

Xcel Energy Foundation ($24,000)
City of Lone Tree
City of Louisville
City of Sheridan
City of Westminster

CTC grant recipients

City of Alamosa, Carroll Park Tree Planting--2015

City of Alamosa, Diamond Park Tree Planting--2015

Tree identification labels at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver - 2014

City of Golden Tree Planting - 2014

Riverview Elementary tree planting in Durango - 2014

Students help plant nursery trees in Cortez, a project funded by Colorado Tree Coalition.

Trees planted at the Ordway Cemetery, with help from a CTC grant.

LaVeta Tree Board received a CTC grant to plant street trees.

Champion Trees

Colorado has many large and beautiful trees and The CTC Champion Tree Program maintains records of the largest trees in the state. Each year we accept nominations from rural and urban areas all over the state. The annual deadline is November 1st, and after that the search begins again for even bigger trees.

You don't need to be an expert or a forester to nominate a tree. If you know of a large tree you'd like to nominate, use the links below for more information on how to measure and nominate a tree.

Bring Home the Blue

The Colorado Tree Coalition is offering a $500 reward to the individual responsible for "Bringing Home the Blue." This fantastic reward is available to whoever finds a large enough Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) to dethrone the current National Champion growing in Utah. To claim the reward you must find a blue spruce with measurements that score higher than the 331 points of the Utah interloper: the Utah tree is 129 feet tall with a circumference of 192 inches (over 5 feet in diameter!) and an average crown spread of 53 feet.

The current Colorado champion blue spruce is growing in  La Plata County about 5 miles NW of Hermosa, Colorado. The tree scores 323.55 points: Colorado's Champion is 166 feet tall with a circumference of 149.4 inches and an average crown spread of 33 feet. Colorado is certainly capable of growing the largest blue spruce in the nation and it's likely growing here and just waiting for some "big tree hunter" to find it and claim the prize. Get your boots on, your tape measure and camera in hand and go out there and "Bring Home the Blue," you could claim the $500 reward!

State Champ Registry

The Colorado Tree Coalition Champion Tree Program maintains a database with records of over 700 trees. Trees are listed in the registry by their common names. The listing only includes the general location of the tree. Contact the Colorado Tree Coalition for specific information.

See the two Colorado trees listed on the American Forests Register of Big Tree in the sidebar on this page.

National Champion Cottonwood Tree has died:

This stately tree, estimated to be over 145 years old, 105 feet tall and nearly nine feet in diameter, has recently met its demise.  Read here to find out how they are honoring this large cottonwood.

Our National Champions

The state of Colorado has two National Champion Trees, Visit the American Forests Register of National Big Trees for more information. Colorado's two National champion trees are listed on the on the sidebar to the right.

Nominating a Potential Champion Tree The annual deadline for nominations is December 1. All tree owners must be contacted, and all nominations must be verified prior to nomination submission. Click on the map below to locate the Colorado State Forest Service forester in your area to verify your nomination.

CSFS map

Complete a nomination form and submit it to CTC:

Make sure to fill in the following information:

  • Tree identification Identify the tree with both common and scientific name, including genus, species and variety or cultivar designation (if known).
  • Tree measurement Take the circumference at 4.5 feet above ground level (in inches), the total height (in feet) and average crown spread (in feet.) For more information, see How to Measure a Tree.
  • Exact location of tree In urban areas, include the street address and the location of the tree on the property (backyard, street tree, etc.). In rural areas, include specific directions to the tree, section numbers, GPS or topographical coordinates and location in reference to any highways, trails, campgrounds or geographic features. For all trees, include the county name and nearest municipality. All trees must include a detailed map with specific tree location marked.
  • Photographs All nominations must include a color photograph of the tree. Try to place an item (camera case, etc.) next to the trunk as a reference for size. Digital image files of 100k or less may be emailed to Neil Bamesberger. By submitting photos you grant the Colorado Tree Coalition permission to post the images on the CTC website.
  • Other information Names and addresses of nominator, owner, verifier, date of measurement, comments on the tree's condition and any other relevant information known.

Your nomination will be reviewed after the annual deadline. If your tree has the highest total points for its type (according to the American Forests formula), you will receive a letter of congratulations and a certificate. If the tree is not the largest, your nomination will be kept on file. If the tree is a national champion candidate, your nomination will be forwarded to American Forests for consideration.

State champion trees should be checked and re-measured at least every 10 years. If you're re-measuring a tree, please send an email to Neal Bamesberger at nbamesberg871@hotmail.com, listing the exact location of the tree, the new (verified) measurements and any other new information about the tree's condition, owners, etc.

How to Measure a Tree

Circumference Measurement

  1. Using a flexible tape measure, measure the distance around the trunk of the tree to the nearest inch. This measurement should be taken at 4.5 feetabove ground level.
  2. If the tree is on a slope, use the mid-point of the tree base and measure the circumference at 4.5 feet above ground level.
  3. If there is a branch or growth on the trunk at 4.5 feet, measure the circumference just below the branch or growth and report the height at which the measurement was taken.
  4. For multi-stem trees that branch at or below 4.5 feet, measure the smallest part of the trunk and record the distance above the ground at which the measurement was taken.

Height Measurement To measure a tree's height, an Abney hand level, clinometer, or transit is recommended. If none of these are available, you can estimate the height using a straight stick cut to the exact length of your arm. Walk away from the tree to a point where, by holding the stick vertically at armís length, the entire tree's vertical centerline is hidden behind the stick. This method works best when you are at the same elevation as the base of the tree. Measure the distance to the base of the tree -- this distance will be approximately the same as the tree's height.

Crown Spread Measurement Measure both the widest spread of the crown and the narrowest spread of the crown. Add the two measurements together, and divide by two to obtain the average crown spread.

Total Point Value The Colorado Tree Coalition will calculate the official Total Points for each nominated tree.

The total point value for a tree, according to American Forests, is calculated as follows:

Circumference (in inches)
+ Height (in feet)
+ 1/4 Average Crown Spread (in feet)
= Total Points

List of Verifiers

All new nominations must be verified prior to submittal of the form. Visit the Colorado State Forest Service's website for the forester in your area to verify your nomination.

National Champion Trees in Colorado

Colorado is proud to have four trees on the American Forests Register of Big Trees.

Bristlecone Pine

Common Name: Bristlecone Pine
Circumference: 178 inches
Height: 63 feet
Crown Spread: 41 feet
National Points: 251.25
General Location: San Isabel National Forest
Date Nominated: 2006

Singleleaf Ash

Common Name: Singleleaf Ash
Scientific Name: Fraxinus anomala
Trunk Diameter: 16.5 inches
Trunk Circumference: 51.8 inches
Height: 31 Feet
Crown Spread: 15 Feet
Total Points: 86.6
Location: Gateway
Date Nominated: 1999

Narrowleaft Cottonwood

Common Name:
Narrowleaf cottonwood

circumfence: 198 inches
height: 94 feet
crown spread: 75 feet
national points: 310.88
general location: lake city
date nominated: 2014

Scotch Pine

Common Name: Scotch pine
circumfence: 181 inches
height: 60 feet
crown spread: 53 feet
national points: 254.25
general location:
Crown Hill cemetery, Wheat Ridge
date nominated: 2014

Tree Risk Assessment

A hazard tree is a tree with a defect located near a target. Hazard trees are those trees with a structural defect and location that increases the chance of failing and hitting a target. The combination of a defect and target can result in property damage or personal injury.

Urban area defective tree evaluation and analysis

When developing an inspection program, the tree manager is faced with making decisions on where to start. Compounding this effort is the need for wise use of limited funds. The Urban Area Defective Tree Evaluation and Analysis System is a systematic process designed to assist tree managers with initiating tree inspections and prioritizing hazard trees.

Whether inspecting a single yard with multiple trees, developing a street tree inventory, or reviewing large properties, this system will be helpful.

Hazard tree programs should include three steps: identification, documentation, and corrective action. The Urban Area Defective Tree Evaluation and Analysis System evaluates tree species, potential targets, and defects present to identify and document hazard trees. The corrective action will always be the decision of the tree manager!

The system begins with a defective tree rating form to determine the hazard rating of all trees. This inspection may be completed with minimally trained staff. All trees with a high rating are then rated again by a trained arborist or forester using a defective tree priority analysis form. The defective tree priority values assist the manager in developing an action plan. Corrective action should begin as soon as possible, starting with the highest priority and working down the list as funding allows.


Hazard Tree Committee members

  • Bill Cassel
  • Mike Schomaker
  • Ken Wicklund
  • Ralph Zentz

Tree Risk Assessment

risk assessment

Tree managers can't plead ignorant when a tree failure causes property damage or personal injury.

risk assessment

Every tree will fail if exposed to the proper conditions!

Notable Trees

A notable tree is one that is remarkable or distinguishable in some way, or related to a famous or historical person, place or event. A tree may also be notable if the surrounding community accepts it as being special based upon its species, uniqueness, or contribution to the community. Many of the trees in these tours are notable because they are among the largest of their species in Colorado and are called Champion Trees.

Notable Tree Tours (pdf)

The CTC Tree Finder app is here!!

Many notable and champion tree locations in Colorado are now accessible on your smart phone. You can download the app for free by going to the Google Play store for android, or the Apple app store for iPhone. Just type in "CTC tree finder" or "CTC treefinder" (with no spaces) and download it for free. It should work on the i-pad as well.


  • For both apps you should be able to pinch and drag with your fingers to zoom in and out of the map.
  • Push on each tree icon to get details of the notable and champion trees
  • You can select "satellite" if you prefer to view the map in the "real world"
  • You can select how many miles you would like to see trees based on your location under "settings" when you open the map
  • All rules and regulations can be found under the "terms of use" at the bottom of the homepage

Please remember this is the very first trial run of the app and there will surely be bugs/glitches that need to be worked out over time. We are already working on version 2.0 where we will add a "search" feature for specific species of trees, and add picture to each point/tree.

Please do not hesitate to express your opinions and thoughts on how we can improve this app for the future. We hope this turns out to be a fun and informative tool for the CTC for many years.

Trees across Colorado

Trees Across Colorado (TAC), a program of The Colorado Tree Coalition, provided shade trees for the twelfth year to communities to involve volunteers in tree planting this past April. Communities that participate in TAC have the opportunity for outreach with information about the benefits of trees, good species selection and proper tree planting and maintenance practices.

This year, in spite of the recession and budget cut backs, twelve communities picked up almost 700 shade trees on Tuesday April 15th, including bare root, balled and burlaped and container trees grown in a patented root-pruning pot.  The groups came to Windsor, Arvada or Littleton to get their trees.  The groups from Colorado Springs took their trees home from Littleton in a U-Haul.

Many of the trees distributed through this program are low water-demand and, at 5-12 feet tall and 1 to 1.5 inches in caliper, are a good size for volunteers to plant. Low water demand trees offered this year included 'Hot Wings' Tatarian Maple, Skyline Honeylocust, Catalpa, Bur Oak, Goldenraintree and Turkish Filbert.  Less common trees included Bigtooth Maple and Ginkgo. Organizers included city arborists, Tree Boards, and neighborhood organizations.

Trees Across Colorado continues to be a successful program in distributing low cost, high quality trees to communities and groups all over Colorado and has been a successful fundraiser for CTC as well, bringing in almost $7,000 in 2014, thanks to volunteer time contributed to the CTC! For information about the Trees Across Colorado program, please call CTC's Trees Across Colorado Coordinator Gertie Grant at 303-744-3882 or email her at gertiegrant@estreet.com.

For information about the Trees Across Colorado program, please call CTC's Trees Across Colorado Coordinator Gertie Grant at 303-744-3882, email her at gertiegrant@estreet.com or see the documents below.

Trees Across Colorado

risk assessment

Communities are picking up the trees they ordered through Trees Across Colorado

Colorado Tree Trust & ReForest Colorado

The Colorado Tree Coalition is a volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is "leading statewide efforts to preserve, renew, and enhance community forests." Part of meeting that mission includes assisting communities grow and enrich their community urban forestry programs.

The CTC does this by providing grant money that communities are able to apply for to complete planned projects. Donations from individuals corporations and philanthropic organizations to either the Colorado Tree Trust or the ReForest Colorado funds are directly used to provide these grants. For more information on each fund, please read below.

Colorado Tree Trust:

The Colorado Tree Trust was created in March 1998 to endow the Colorado Tree Coalition and assure the future success of our grants program and other focus areas. A percentage of all memberships and merchandise sales are dedicated to the Trust. The Colorado Tree Trust grows through the financial gifts of individuals, corporations and philanthropic organizations.

Reforest Colorado:

ReForest Colorado is a donation fund administered by the Colorado Tree Coalition to help plant trees in Colorado communities affected by natural disasters.

In 2002, Colorado witnessed the worst wildfire season in the state's history. In response the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, working with the Colorado State Forest Service, created ReForest Colorado, a fund to help replant areas devastated by wildfire. In 2003, ReForest Colorado planted more than 41,000 trees in communities and watersheds affected by the wildfires.

Since then the Colorado Tree Coalition has partnered in these efforts. Additionally the scope of the program has expanded to include communities affected by all forms of natural disasters including snow storms, floods, wildfires, hail storms, drought, tornadoes, wind, and insect and disease epidemics.

To date funds have been used in Glenwood Springs following the 2002 Coal Seam fire,  at the Cheesman Reservoir watershed area following the 2002 Hayman fire, in the Town of Holly after the 2007 tornado, in the Town of Ordway following the 2008 wildfire that devastated this community, in the Town of Walsh following the 2011 fires that occurred in southeast Colorado, in the City of Colorado Springs Mountain Shadows neighborhood impacted by the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, and in the Town of Lyons following the devastating floods of 2013.

Following a disaster, rebuilding the lives and the homes of the people affected is, and should remain, the highest priority. But soon people within these areas want to rebuild something else – their community. Be it a neighborhood, a subdivision, a town or a city they want it restored. And more times than not, trees play an important part in the restoring and healing process. ReForest Colorado funds are used in replanting efforts, helping to restore the community.

All contributions go to affected communities for tree planting and tree related expenses. Funds are managed by the ReForest Colorado committee under the direction of the Colorado Tree Coalition Executive Board and Board of Directors.

Major sponsors of the program include Aspen Mortuary, Colorado Public Radio, Tagawa Gardens, Trees for Trade Ins (CO Auto Dealers Assoc.), bKI Woodworks and individuals.

Reforest Colorado

Tour de Poudre Bike Ride

Thank you to all who participated in our 2015 Tour de Poudre Bike Ride! Please visit next summer for information on our 2016 ride.

The Tour de Poudre is a one-day bike ride, we offer 35 and 60 mile routes, you choose! The bike ride starts and finishes at Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care's office in Fort Collins, Colorado. This ride will raise money for tree planting and tree research.

The first ride, The Cottonwood Classic, started in Hygiene, Colorado near the National Champion Plains Cottonwood Tree in 2000. In this, our sixteenth ride, we will ride along the scenic Poudre River and continue fundraising for trees. To date, we have raised over ten thousand dollars for trees. Join us and help grow this success!

Why ride or support the cause? Besides the food, fun and fellowship with other bike riders, you are also helping to improve community trees both in Colorado and across the world. The rides will take you along the scenic Poudre River trail from Fort Collins to Greeley and back.

Costs (non-refundable)

  • $60 per person
  • $110 per couple
  • $50 per person for a team or family consisting of 3 or more people

Fee includes commemorative event T-shirt for the first 50 participants.

Where will your money go? The proceeds from the ride will be split between The Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) and the Tree Research & Education Endowment Fund, known as the TREE Fund. The CTC's mission is to lead statewide efforts to preserve, renew and enhance community forests through tree planting grants, workshops and assistance on proper tree care.

The CTC has been supporting Steve Geist, a rider and fundraiser in the STIHL Tour des Trees bike ride and a Plant Pathologist for Denver-based Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care. The CTC has donated thousands of dollars for the TREE fund raised by our bike ride for the last 15 years. Steve will ride in the 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees to benefit the TREE Fund. This year, Geist set and achieved a goal of raising over $100,000 in cumulative sponsorships over his 16 years of participation. The TREE Funds said this makes Geist, "one of our largest all-time fundraisers." For more information read the press release about the TREE Fund and Steve's current goal.

When should you sign up? Registration is open and is on a first come-first served basis. All riders' funds and a list of donors with names and addresses must accompany the registrations, but that doesn't mean you have to pay for it yourself. Ask businesses, friends, family, and co-workers to help sponsor you in the event. Check with your employer, they may be able to help with your fundraising or even match the funds you have raised. If your employer has a wellness program, that might be another source to consider as well. The CTC will provide letters for tax purposes.

The routes: We will continue to offer both a 35 and 60 mile route. Come join us!

The 15th annual CTC Bike ride 'Tour de Poudre' was a wonderful success! We had over 30 riders pedal nearly 1,400 miles and raise nearly $2,500 on a fine morning June 29, 2014. Ten riders went from Swingle Tree in Fort Collins to Rover Run Dog Park in Greeley and back while 21 folks rode to Eastman Park in Windsor and back to Fort Collins.

Thanks to our donations, and our host sponsor Swingle Tree, a light breakfast, lunch and trail snacks kept the riders and volunteers nourished and refreshed. Little Valley Nursery and Phelan Gardens provided additional cash donations to help cover expenses and Arbor Valley Nursery provided a beautiful Plains Cottonwood which the Greeley forestry team planted at Rover Run Park. For the first time donations covered all the expenses and the riders' registration fees will all go towards community forestry.

The support team included CTC Board members Gertie Grant and Wendy Ball as well as Alison O'Connor, Ken Kawamura, Eric Dixon, Danielle Grimes and Susan Hardin. These folks really made a great impression on the riders with their encouragement, smiles and the award winning banana bread Alison provided in Windsor. Without the many volunteer hours these folks give we would not have this great fundraising ride. Thanks to all of you!


Swingle Tree

Root Tree Service

Phelan Gardens

Arbor Valley

Little Valley Wholesale Nursery


Tour de Poudre

2015 Tour de Poudre Bike Ride

2014 Tour de Poudre Bike Ride

2013 Tour de Poudre Bike Ride

2012 Tour de Poudre Bike Ride

risk assessment
2011 Tour de Poudre Bike Ride

Bike riders taking a break at New Belgium Brewery, host of the event.

Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest

Thank you to everyone who participagted in our Arbor Day Poster Contest.  Please come back next spring for information on our 2016 poster contest.

Colorado Tree Coalition Recognizes the 2015 Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest Winner.

Colorado Tree Coalition sends 2015 Arbor Day Poster Contest winner to State Capitol. Nick Babiak, a fifth grader from Steck Elementary in Denver, CO, has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest. Nick's poster, in accordance with the contest selection criteria, depicts the importance of trees and a variety of ways that they benefit our community.

Nick's poster will be on display at the State Capitol from April 24th to April 30th, 2015 along with the posters of the other forty-three state finalists. A panel of judges from the Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) selected the winning poster from dozens of quality entries submitted by fifth graders throughout Colorado.

Nick was recognized by the CTC and State Senator Pat Steadman alongside his teacher Rachel Davis and his family on Monday, April 27th in a presentation at the display of the state finalists' posters in the North Foyer of the State Capitol. Additionally, he was recognized on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives and enjoyed a tour of the Capitol.

The Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest is sponsored by Arborscape Services, the Colorado Tree Coalition and the Colorado State Forest Service.

If you are interested in having your school participate in the 2016 CTC Poster Contest, or if you have any further questions, contact Kyle Sylvester, CTC Poster Contest Coordinator, by email at ksylvester@brightonco.gov, or by phone at 303-655-2089.

2015 State of Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest Rules
Theme: Celebrate Trees in Our Community

Theme Design Guidelines

  • Theme is "Celebrate Trees in Our Community"
  • Students will create a poster that reflects understanding of the important role that trees play in our community and how they can be celebrated.
  • Things to consider for a poster design:
    • Ways in which trees can be celebrated in the community.
    • Why trees are important to the community.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Grade 5 students.
  • One entry per school or home school.
  • Living in the State of Colorado.

Submission Requirements

  • Entries can be submitted any time including the Fall of 2014
  • Entry deadline is April 6, 2015
  • Must be an original artwork created by a student
  • Entries may be submitted in person or mail to:

Colorado State Forest Service
9769 W. 119th Drive, Suite 12
Broomfield, Colorado 80021

  • Write name, age, grade, address, school name, teacher's name and contact phone number on the back of the poster in pencil.
  • First and last name must be written in the lower right hand corner on the front of the poster.
  • One entry per student.
  • Entrants may use marker, crayon, paint pens, watercolor, ink, acrylic, colored pencil, and/or tempera paint.
  • Entry size must be 12" x 18."
  • Entries must be done on paper that will allow for duplication, display, and framing.
  • The poster must be related to the contest theme.
  • The poster theme name "Celebrate Trees in our Community" must be included on the poster.
  • Care should be taken with how the entry is mailed to ensure the poster does not get damaged.
  • Special Note: Entries are the property of the Colorado Tree Coalition and will not be returned.

Not Accepted

  • Collages. Do not glue anything on the poster.
  • Computer or photo generated art and/or printing.
  • Should not display names of commercial products, companies or organizations.
  • Entries should not be matted, mounted, laminated, framed, or folded.

Prize Categories

  • State Winning Student
  • State Winning Teacher

Tree Education Activities - Project Learning Tree

Need some tree and forest activities to help your students create winning posters? Project Learning Tree (PLT) delivers award-winning environmental education curriculum resources and support that can be integrated into lesson plans for all grades and subject areas. PLT teaches students "how to think, not what to think," about complex environmental issues, and helps them acquire the skills they need to make sound choices about the environment. Grant funding is available.

While PLT materials are available only at Professional Development workshops there are a few available activities online at: https://www.plt.org/environmental-education-activity-guide. To find a workshop near you, visit www.coloradoplt.org frequently, as offerings change.


Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest
Past Winners

2015 Arbor Day Poster Contest Winner

2014 Arbor Day Poster Contest Winner

2013 Arbor Day Poster Contest Winner

2009 poster winner
2012 Arbor Day Poster Contest Winner

2009 poster winner
2011 Arbor Day Poster Contest Winner