Youth Activities

The Bird Basket — An activity to engage elementary school students in knowing our local birds. Gardening help and collaboration with Harbor House Children’s Center of Southwest Harbor, Pemetic Elementary School, and Tremont Consolidated School.  Children helping with spring planting and fall clean-up of the garden.
When completing contest entry forms, you may be asked to enter the following information:

STATE GARDEN CLUB: Garden Club Federation of Maine

LOCAL GARDEN CLUB:  Bar Harbor Garden Club, P.O. Box 652, Bar Harbor, ME 04609


Also, before including personal information, photographs, submitted written material or contest entry, THE CLUB WILL REQUIRE A SIGNED MEDIA RELEASE from the parent (or guardian) of any minor under the age of 18. Completed Media Release forms should be mailed to the requesting Club member.  See Media Release Form.

Garden Club Youth Contests

The National Garden Clubs (NGC) and their affiliate organizations offer various educational contests for children at the pre-school, elementary, middle and high school levels. Winners of the local Bar Harbor Garden Club (BHGC) competitions go on to compete within the Garden Club Federation of Maine (GCFM), and the New England Region (NER).

The Deadline for all BHGC Youth Contests is January 12th.

Poetry Contest—Excite and encourage our Youth to express and explore their creative thoughts through different types of poetry.  Children in Kindergarten through 9th grade are eligible to enter the contest.  The deadline for the local poetry contest is January 12th. 

2016-2017 Theme: "We Three: Bees, Butterflies, and Me".    Related downloadable files:

High School Distinguished Service Project -- The High School Distinguished Service Project Award along with $100 for first place and $50 for second place may be awarded to a high school student (9th through 12th grades) for an outstanding civic project making a significant improvement for public benefit, e.g. environment, conservation, landscape, horticulture, recycling, horticulture therapy, etc. If you know of someone who has done an outstanding civic project consider applying for Award #76, High School Distinguished Service Project under Youth Awards.
High School Essay Contest—The High School Essay Contest is open to all High School students attending 9th through 12th grades. Each year a $1,000 National Garden Club scholarship will be awarded to the National Winner. The deadline for the local Essay Contest is January 12th.  Related downloadable files:
Youth Sculpture Contest—The purpose of this contest is to encourage youth to keep our planet green and to get involved with saving our planet. Children in 4th through 8th grade are eligible to enter the contest.    The deadline for the local sculpture contest is January 12th.  Related downloadable files:
Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest—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. Posters are to be completed by individual student artists and may include students from 1st to 5th grade. The deadline for the local poster contest is January 12th.   Related downloadable files:
  • 2017 Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest Flyer
  • 2017 Poster Rules
  • 2017 Poster Contest Form / Sticker