child's illutration of the earth with trees on it and the words Celebrate Trees in Our Communities.

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A panel of judges from the Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) has selected Walter Vanderstok, a fifth-grader from Mountain View Elementary in Broomfield, as the winner of its 2022 Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Walter’s poster, which celebrates trees in our communities, competed against posters from 24 schools participating in the contest this year. Each school selected one poster to enter into the statewide contest, so the 24 finalists in the contest represented hundreds of fifth-grade students and their posters. The panel of judges from the CTC selected Walter’s poster earlier this month.

The winning poster as well as the other submissions are on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens from April 15 to May 3, 2022. Anyone can view the posters in the Denver Botanic Gardens’ new addition, the Freyer-Newman Center, in the Helen Fowler Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no admission fee. Many thanks to the Denver Botanic Gardens for generously offering free entry to the gardens for all creators of the posters on display.

As the statewide poster contest winner, Walter will be awarded a framed copy of the winning poster, a $200 Visa gift card and prizes from the CTC. Walter’s art teacher, Elaina Cascini, also received a free online professional development training from Colorado Project Learning Tree.

The CTC thanks all students, teachers and parents for their support of this fun and educational contest recognizing Colorado’s urban and community forests. The beautiful trees that grace our streets, parks, yards and open spaces provide economic, social and ecological services that we all can enjoy!

The Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest is sponsored by ArborScape Tree Services, Above and Beyond Services LLC, the CTC, Denver Parks and Recreation’s Office of the City Forester and the Colorado State Forest Service. For more information on the contest, please contact Luke Killoran, Forestry Supervisor for City of Lakewood and chair of the CTC’s Arbor Day Poster Contest, at (720) 963-5246.