Rules for 4-H Leaf Collections

  • All exhibits must have been prepared since the State Fair of the preceding year. No previously entered exhibits will be accepted.
  • Exhibitors must mount leaves in a conventional loose-leaf notebook binder or similar ringed folder.
  • Exhibits should include only the species from the official “Trees of Louisiana” list produced by the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.
  • Leaf collections can be submitted as mounted specimens.
  • The front cover page of the notebook must have “Tree Leaves of Louisiana” typed or printed on it. The exhibitor’s name, address, age, 4-H Club or FFA chapter, and parish must also be printed or typed on this page.
  • The notebook must have and index page with the specimen identified by common name. The index should list the specimens identified by common name. The index should list the specimens in the order in which they appear in the notebook.
  • Judges will subtract two (2) points from the score for each specimen incorrectly identified.
  • More complete and specific instructions for making collections are in the 4-H Forestry books.
  • Mounting of tree leaf collections in a notebook shall be as follows:
  • Each specimen shall be dried and individually mounted on 8 ½ x 11 and displayed in a loose-leaf notebook binder or similar ringed folder. Specimens may be mounted on pressure-sensitive, self-adhering transparent plastic sheets or similar material. Specimens may also be glued to heavy duty paper or light cardboard.
  • Junior exhibitors (9 to 13 years of age) should identify the specimen in the lower right had corner of the display sheet, using common name only.
  • Senior exhibitors (14 to 18 years of age) must put a 2 ½ x 3 label in the scientific name, common name, location collected, date collected and collector’s name.
  • For large compound leaves, a single leaflet may be used. However, it must be labeled as a leaflet. A description of the identifying characteristics of the leaf must be also be included. (i.e., compound leaf, 6 to 12 inches, 7 to 9 leaflets) This information should be put to the left of the label.
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