Arbor Day 2022

2022 Arbor Day Program

Arbor Day is always the first Friday in May in North Dakota. This year that was Friday, May 6th.  Our 2022 Arbor Day celebration was held at Custer Park located at 320 E Custer Park St in Bismarck.

Jeff Heintz, Public Works Service Operations Director and former City Forester, was recognized with a Bur Oak tree planted in his honor for his 33 years of exemplary service to the community of Bismarck and its urban forest.

The City of Bismarck received recognition for its 45th year as a Tree City USA. Appleseed Awards were given for beautification efforts on public property in 2021, Partners In Planting program sponsors from 2021 were also recognized.

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade classes from Cathedral Elementary School performed a song and poem to celebrate the day.


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