2014 Student Contests Announced!


Contact Information

Jennifer Hunnell

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

551 Courthouse Dr, Ste. 3

Charlotte, MI  48813

(517) 543-5848 ext.5


Contests for Trees Inspire and Engage

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance’s (MADA) Go Green Youth Challenge (GGYC) program celebrates all that trees give us by engaging Michigan’s youth in community development and service-learning through a friendly, statewide competition. The program has two parts, a fundraiser and a writing contest.  K-12 students are encouraged to participate in one or both.

The fundraiser challenges students to come up with ways to raise money to plant trees in Michigan. Some ideas might be: bake sales, pop can drives, seed sales, classroom coin wars, get pledges for a walk-a-thon…the sky is the limit! The individual or team who raises the most will win a tree planting for their school or community as the Grand Prize winner. All money collected directly funds community tree plantings and statewide outreach efforts.  Also consider incorporating an environmental message in order to teach as well as fundraise.

The GGYC Creative Writing Contest seeks to engage Michigan students by getting them to explore their imagination.  All K-12 students are eligible to submit a creative writing piece of any type and tell us what it would be like “If Trees Could Talk.”  Prizes are available to students for both the fundraiser and the writing contest. 

The GGYC fundraiser runs from January 13 until March 31, 2014.  The Creative Writing Contest begins on the same date, but entries are due by mail a bit earlier, March 3, 2014.  Complete program details, rules, and entry forms can be found on our website at www.miarbordayalliance.com.

Since the program began in 2011, Michigan’s youth have helped plant over 600 trees in communities across our beautiful state.  We invite you to join the cause and Go Green in 2014! 

We would like to thank everyone who participated, including our sponsors:  ITC Holdings Corp., Lansing Board of Water and Light, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Eaton Conservation District, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, and WKAR.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan.  Our dedication comes from our belief in the importance of trees and their role in community health and well-being.  Since 1993, MADA has provided educational programs and services to Michigan communities.


MADA is a program of the Eaton Conservation District.

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