Arbor Day

Bismarck Arbor Day 

In North Dakota, we celebrate Arbor Day the first Friday in May. Bismarck hosts a ceremonial planting and community recognition program each year.  

The 2017 Arbor Day celebration will take place on Friday, May 5th at Sunrise Park located at 3201 Northrop Drive in northeast Bismarck. 

A Bur Oak tree will be planted and dedicated to Donald DuFrame in recognition of the thousands of trees he touched during his years of service as an arborist with the City of Bismarck Forestry Division from 1981 to 2006. 

Arbor Day Poster Contest

In celebration of Arbor Day, the City of Bismarck Forestry Division is pleased to announce the 2017 Arbor Day poster 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 posters is Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

See Additional Info for contest rules and information.

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A huge THANK YOU!  goes out to our wonderful 2017 Arbor Day Sponsors:
Bismarck-Mandan Elks Lodge 1199
Capital City Lions
Bartlett & West
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.
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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