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 a new theme every year. Classroom wreaths will be hung around the Caribbean Reef exhibit and other areas throughout the holiday season.

Visit Shedd and pick up your wreath to get started!

Important Dates

Aug. 7-Oct. 22: Pick up wreath frame from Shedd
Nov. 4-5: Drop off completed wreath and submit classroom essay
December 17: View the wreaths at Shedd at the Wreath-Cycled family celebration.

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Submission guidelines: Learn how to participate with your class. (PDF 112 KB)

Plastic LidsMaterials guidelines: See what materials you should look for. (PDF 96 KB)

Beach with Lake MichiganCurriculum connections: Connect your class's wreath to art or engineering with our downloadable lessons!

Wreath-Cycled WreathJoin Wreath-Cycled and submit your essay here.

Plastic BottlesCheck out our Frequently Asked Questions page.


Family Event Celebration

All participating classrooms are invited to the Wreath-cycled Family Celebration Event where the winning wreaths will be announced. Check back soon for more information!

Winning Categories and Prizes

The following categories/prizes will be given to one winning group per grade span (pre K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12).

Most Creative: $50 gift card for classroom supplies.

Best Educational Message: $50 gift card for classroom supplies.

Overall: Free field trip to Shedd with bus transportation and lunches included.

Fan Favorites: There will be one winning group across the pre K-12 grades for fan favorite online and onsite: $25 gift card. 

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

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