“Youth Activities”

The Youth Activities Committee of The Bar Harbor Garden Club focuses on projects which introduce to the children and young adults of our communities: the love of gardening, the importance of being good stewards of our environment, and the creative expression of poetry and art. We reach out to all students in public and private schools, as well as those who are home-schooled.

2020-2021  Youth Activities Highlights:  

The Youth Activities Committee faced new challenges in reaching out to the youth and young adults in our communities during the pandemic. However, our mission to introduce and encourage the love of gardening, the importance of being good stewards of our environment, and the creative expression of poetry and art has remained strong.

The Apple Tree project was extended to Swan’s Island School located on Swan’s Island and the Ashley Bryan School located on Little Cranberry Island. Swan’s Island added an apple tree to the school yard and the Ashley Bryan School requested lavender plants for their Whale Bone Sculpture Garden in lieu of an apple tree. The Apple Tree project will continue into the next year as we include the two remaining outer islands who are part of the MDIRSS. See related press release. 

Children participating in the Downeast Horizons Children’s Program were visited by the Youth Activities committee and presented a modified spring activity, with respect to COVID safety guidelines, to celebrate the beginning of spring and the growing season. Read more… 


Third graders at Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor participated in the Woodsy Owl Poster Contest. Lucinda Lester won First Place and was also awarded First Place by the GCFM. Her poster will go on to the next level of judging for the New England Garden Clubs region.

“Exploring Backyard Mysteries” was the 2020-2021 national theme for the Youth Poetry Contest. First Place Honors were awarded to first grader Breanna Lewis for her poem “What are These Tracks?” First grader Beckett McAllian was recognized as runner-up for his poem entitled “Baby Bun-Bun.” Finn Monahan, a second grader, returned with another First Place award winning poem entitled “The Hole.” His sister, Nayeli Monahan, a fourth-grade student, won First Place for her poem “The Busy Collector.” The BHGC was excited to learn that Breanna Lewis, Finn Monahan, and Nayeli Monahan all received First Place from the GCFM. Their poems will be submitted to the New England Region for the next level of competition.

Nayeli Monahan also submitted a sculpture for the Youth Sculpture Contest. She was awarded First Place by the BHGC and the GCFM. Her sculpture entry will also continue on to the New England Region for judging.

All of the above winners and each student who participated in the BHGC sponsored youth contests will be recognized at their respective schools with special awards and certificates.

Congratulations to all of our 2020-2021 youth winners!  See the Winners…


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 2021 – 2022 Contests

National Garden Clubs, Inc. (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), New England Garden Clubs, Inc. (NEGC), and National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC).

The contests are open to all students and we encourage children receiving special education services or English as a Second Language (ESL) to participate in the contests. If you have any questions regarding the rules, please do not hesitate to contact the committee at youthchair@barharborgardenclub.org.

The Deadline for all BHGC Youth Contests is Friday, January 7, 2022.

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 2021 — 2022 Poetry Contest Theme: “Sing with the Songbirds-Exploring the Glory of Nature”.    

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.

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.  Sculptures must consist of recyclable, reused and reduced materials.

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.  Woodsy Owl is America’s icon for the conservation of the environment.