Arbor Day

Bismarck Arbor Day 

Planning has begun for the City of Bismarck's 2018 Arbor Day celebration.  Arbor Day is always the first Friday in May in North Dakota; this year's celebration will take place on Friday, May 4th.

The City of Bismarck will receive recognition for its 41st year as a Tree City USA.  Appleseed Awards for planting on public property in 2017 and a Beautification Award for planting on private property in 2017 will be given as well as recognition of our 2017 Partners In Planting program sponsors.

A huge THANK YOU!  goes out to our wonderful 2017 Arbor Day Sponsors:
Bismarck-Mandan Elks Lodge 1199
Capital City Lions
Bartlett & West
A-1 Tree Service
Markwed Excavating Inc.
Swenson, Hagen & Co.
Bismarck-Mandan Garden Club
Northern Improvement Co.
Capital Credit Union
Sons of Norway
Central Dakota Optimist Club - Bismarck
Outdoor Services Inc.

Arbor Day Photo Contest

In 2018 we plan to host an Arbor Day photo contest.  The contest will be open to all 5th grade students in the City of Bismarck.  The theme for the contest will be "Trees Make a World of Difference".  More information will be coming in the very near future!


Beautification awards are presented to businesses and organizations for landscaping to enhance and improve the image of their commercial properties in Bismarck. Apple Seed awards are presented to individuals and service clubs for landscape beautification efforts on public property in Bismarck. 

Tree City USA Award

The Tree City USA Award is presented to the City of Bismarck each year on behalf of the National Arbor Day Foundation as part of the annual Arbor Day celebration. Bismarck has been meeting the Tree City USA requirements since 1978. 

Other Celebration Activities

Many other activities take place on Arbor Day. Ceremonial Arbor Day trees are dedicated to local citizens whose efforts have made a significant contribution to Bismarck's urban forest. Third and fourth grade students in Bismarck's elementary schools are provided the opportunity to view educational videos about Arbor Day and the care of trees. Forrest Von Flickentale, a flickertail gopher and the Forestry Division mascot, helps with tree planting ceremonies and works to promote and inspire tree planting and care. 

Arbor Day Resources