Arbor Day

Bismarck Arbor Day 

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

Steven M. Neu was recognized for his exemplary service and dedication to future generation's play as Director of the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District from May 1987 to June 2011.  The 2018 celebration took place on Arbor Day, Friday, May 4th at 1:30 p.m. at Normandy Park located at 3924 Normandy Street in Bismarck.

The City of Bismarck received 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 were given as well as recognition of our 2017 Partners In Planting program sponsors.

In addition, The Innovation School and 5th grade classes from Centennial Elementary School participated in the program.

Click here for a copy of the 2018 Arbor Day program. 

A huge THANK YOU!  goes out to our wonderful 2018 Arbor Day Sponsors:
Bismarck Mandan Elks Lodge 1199
Capital City Lions Club
Markwed Excavating Inc
Bismarck-Mandan Garden Club
A-1 Tree Service
Swenson, Hagen & Co.
Northern Improvement Co.
BNI Energy
Bismarck Sertoma Club
Sons of Norway
Central Dakota Optimist Club
Outdoor Services Inc.

Arbor Month Activities

A number of fun events took place during Arbor Week and in the month of May in recognition of Arbor Month and tree planting.

Preschool Story Time at the Bismarck Public Library - City Forester, Doug Wiles, read The Lorax.  Forestry Mascot, Forrest Von Flickentale also made an appearance.

Arbor Day Celebration at Normandy Park - our annual event recognized Steven M Neu for his work as former Director of Bismarck Parks and Rec.

Innovation School tree planting and lesson at Custer Park - City Forester, Doug Wiles, gave a short lesson and assisted children from the school in planting an Ironwood tree.

Minot State University Psychology and Addiction Studies Club volunteer tree planting at North Central Park - Forestry staff was on hand to assist the club in planting 6 crabapple trees they donated to the park.


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