Sunday, April 7, 2024

Arbor Day Poetry Contest entries accepted until April 30

White tree with electric lights and purple and yellow leaf poems.

Lake Pleasant, NY – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) invites senior citizens to think spring and enter the 16th annual Bob Tice Memorial Arbor Day Poetry Contest. Poets of all abilities, from first-timers to pros, can submit a shape poem based on the theme “trees are beautiful and essential.” Shape poetry takes on the shape of its subject.  The poem must be original and handwritten or typed.  Colorful poems and additional media are encouraged.

Poets must include their name, mailing address, and email address on the back of their submission.

“The Arbor Day Poetry Contest has become a mud season favorite among our senior citizens,” said District Manager Caitlin Stewart.  “This contest has blossomed in participation, and we change up theme and poetry form annually to keep things spicy!”

Entries must be mailed, emailed, or delivered by April 30, 2024 to the Hamilton County SWCD, PO Box 166, 103 County View Drive, Lake Pleasant, NY 12108, or emailed to

Awards ceremonies will honor poets with certificates and prizes.

Arbor Day is April 26 and celebrates the importance, planting, and nurturing of trees.

The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District has been working to manage and promote the wise use of natural resources in Hamilton County since 1965.  For more information, go to or call (518) 548-3991.

Photo at top: Poems bloom on the Arbor Day PoeTree. Photo provided by Caitlin Stewart.

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Caitlin Stewart manages the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. The District's mission is to manage and promote the wise use of Natural Resources in Hamilton County. Caitlin will be sharing the District's conservation-focused services, programs, and events. She’s been a full time resident of Hamilton County since 2008 and is an avid hiker, skier, paddler, and biker. She is obsessed with adventuring with her dog Artemis.

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