Wreath-Cycled Pre-K - 12 Classroom Challenge

Help deck the halls at Shedd Aquarium by making a holiday wreath of 100% recycled and recyclable materials that celebrates the theme Water Wellness. How does protecting our waterways, conserving resources and responsibly enjoying the environment promote water wellness? Classroom wreaths will be hung around the Caribbean Reef exhibit and other areas throughout the holiday season.

Voting is now closed for the "Online Fan Favorite" category, but we encourage you to visit our Facebook album to enjoy the creativity of our classroom partners!

Wreath-Cycled Penguin

Follow our Wreath-Cycled Educator Checklist and learn how you can incorporate the wreath challenge into your curriculum.

Water VialConsult our wreath guidelines and approved recycled materials list.

Wreath-Cycled ChildJoin Wreath-Cycled and submit your Water Wellness essay here.


Find out the winning categories that Chicagoland classrooms and homeschool groups will be eligible for.

2016 Winning Wreaths

Overall winners:
Lovett Elementary School, Pre-K–Grade 2, Ms. Ramirez's class
Mark Twain Elementary School, Grades 3–5, Ms. Pantos' class
Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High Ability Academy, Grades 6–8, Mr. Settle's class
Jefferson High School, Grades 9–12, Mr. Stenberg's class

Most creative:
One Hope United School, Pre-K–Grade 2, Ms. Jeanette's class
Saint John Berchmans, Grades 3-5, Ms. Engle's class
Indian Trail Middle School, Grades 6–8, Ms. Kowynia's class
Lincoln Park High School, Grades 10–12, Mr. Hill's class

Best educational message:
Sonnets Academy, Pre-K–Grade 2, Ms. Ray's class
Galileo Academy, Grades 3–5, Ms. Economou's class
John Barry School, Grades 6–8, Ms. Maciejewski's class
Lincoln Park High School, Grades 9–12, Ms. Smith's class

Fan favorites:
One of the fan favorites was selected by visitors to Shedd Aquarium and the other by online voting.
On-Site Fan Favorite: Paul Revere Primary School, Grade 2, Ms. Hull's class
Online Fan Favorite: Bright Horizons at Kemper Lakes, Pre-K, Ms. Leonard and Ms. Smith's class

Important Dates

Aug. 8-Oct. 31: Pick up wreath frame from Shedd
Nov. 12/13: Drop off completed wreath and submit classroom essay
December 18: The Wreath Cycled family celebration has been cancelled due to weather.


Family Celebration Event

All participating classrooms are invited to the Wreath-cycled Family Celebration Event on Sunday, December 18, where the winning wreaths will be announced.

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