“Youth Activities”


The Youth Activities Committee (YAC) promotes youth contests sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Their Smokey Bear poster contest raises awareness of the importance of caring for the environment and preventing wildfires. All elementary students in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System and private community schools are invited to participate.

Garden Club Announces 2023 Youth Contest Winners

The Bar Harbor Garden Club proudly announced the local student winners of the 2023 Smokey Bear Poster Contest and Youth Poetry Contest.

Photography courtesy of the Bar Harbor Garden Club and Ms. Kristen Braun.

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Garden Club Visits Downeast Horizons Children and Adult Programs

Jackson Benningfield holding his painted pot he created.

The Bar Harbor Garden Club Youth Activities Committee visited the Downeast Horizons (DEH) Children’s Program in Ellsworth to present a gardening activity for the participants. Each child decorated a pot and selected a flower to plant for someone special in celebration of Mother’s Day.

DEH, a local non-profit agency, supports and assists children and adults with developmental disabilities to live complete and fulfilling lives. The children who participate in the program come from MDI, Ellsworth, and the surrounding communities.

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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

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 youth@barharborgardenclub.org.

The Deadline for all BHGC Youth Contests is Monday, January 8, 2024.

More information is available through the following links: