Arbor Day

Bismarck Arbor Day 

Arbor Day is always the first Friday in May in North Dakota.  This year that is Friday, May 4th.  

Steve Neu will be recognized for his many years of service to the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District at this year's celebration scheduled on Arbor Day, Friday, May 4th at 1:30 p.m.  The event will take place at Normandy Park located at 3924 Normandy Street in Bismarck.

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 2018 Arbor Day Sponsors:
Bismarck Mandan Elks Lodge 1199
Markwed Excavating Inc
Bismarck-Mandan Garden Club
A-1 Tree Service
Swenson, Hagen & Co.
Northern Improvement Co.
BNI Energy
Central Dakota Optimist Club

Arbor Day Photo Contest - "Trees Make a World of Difference"

In celebration of Arbor Day, the City of Bismarck Forestry Division is pleased to announce the 2018 Arbor Day photo contest.  The contest is open to all 5th grade students in the City of Bismarck.  This includes both public and private schools and home school students.
Deadline for submitting photos is Friday, April 13, 2018.

Click here for contest rules and details.

Click here to enter your photo.
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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. 

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