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Information on The Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest

Announcing the Massachusetts 2015 Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Winning Poster.

2015 Winner Grade 1   Corbin Melo

2015 Winner Grade 2   Molly McDermott

2015 Winner Grade 3   Jack Buchanan

2015 Winner Grade 4   Elizabeth Bada

2015 Winner Grade 5   Mason Webb


2016 National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Poster Contest!


Smokey Bear Theme:

"Only You can Prevent Forest Fires"


Woodsy Owl Theme:

"Lend a hand, Care for the Land" 

Open to children in first through fifth grade

Deadline January 20, 2017

Contact Massachusetts Poster contest  



Meredith Chase


The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. are giving students the opportunity to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles.

Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!

Smokey Bear is recognized nationally and internationally as the symbol for fire prevention. The original Smokey Bear appeared in 1944. Smokey's message, "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!" encourages personal responsibility for fire prevention. Smokey Bear teaches children and adults to be careful with campfires, barbecues, trash fires, and matches.

Lend a Hand, Care for the Land!

Woodsy Owl is America's icon for the conservation of the environment. Since 1971, Woodsy has helped parents and teachers inspire children to observe, explore, and care for the environment. He challenges children to "Lend a Hand, Care for the Land!" and to take an active role in caringfor the land through recycling, reusing, and reducing waste, planting and caring for trees, using resources wisely, and not littering.


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2016 POSTER CONTEST (click here for a printable version)