Arbor Day 2021

Arbor Day is always the first Friday in May in North Dakota. This year that is Friday, May 7th.  Our 2021 Arbor Day celebration was held at 1:00 p.m. at Heritage Park located at 5807 Sonora Way in northwest Bismarck.

Chad Moldenhauer and Heritage Development were recognized with a tree planting in their honor for their leadership and forward thinking in the greening of the Heritage Park and Heritage Ridge Additions in northwest Bismarck.

The City of Bismarck will received recognition for its 44th year as a Tree City USA. Appleseed Awards were given for plantings on public property in 2020, a Beautification Award was given for landscape beautification efforts on private property in 2020, and Partners In Planting program sponsors from 2020 were also recognized.

A huge THANK YOU!  goes out to our wonderful 2021 Arbor Day Sponsors:
Central Dakota Optimist Club 
Capital City Lions Club
Bismarck Eagles Aerie #2237, FOE
Bartlett & West
Bismarck Mandan Elks Lodge 1199
Markwed Excavating Inc
Bismarck Sertoma Club
Swenson, Hagen & Co.
Northern Improvement Co.
Mark Zimmerman
Sons of Norway - Sverdrup Lodge
BNI Energy
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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.

Tree Campus K-12 - The Arbor Day Foundation has recently developed a Tree Campus program for K-12 schools.  Tree Campus K-12 inspires collaboration between schools, students, and communities to facilitate experiences with trees as a learning tool. The program encourages schools and educators to create purposeful opportunities for students to interact with trees by offering resources as well as a framework for becoming recognized and celebrating their efforts with their community.  The Forestry Division is here to assist interested schools in achieving this recognition.  Contact our office to get started!

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