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.  Arbor Day 2017 is on Friday, May 5th.

The 2016 Arbor Day celebration took place on Friday, May 6th at New Generations Park in northwest Bismarck. 
Ben Kubischta was recognized for his work in advocating and helping to fund tree plantings (transportation enhancements) through NDDOT projects in the community and State.  Fifth grade students from Liberty Elementary School attended the celebration, many of whom shared poetry readings.
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A huge Thank You! goes out to our wonderful 2016 Arbor Day Sponsors:
  • Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson
  • Capital Credit Union
  • Markwed Excavating Inc.
  • Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association
  • BNI Coal, Ltd.
  • Nitro Green
  • Swenson, Hagen & Co.
  • Bismarck Mandan Elks Lodge 1199
  • Northern Improvement Co.
  • Ulteig Engineers, Inc.
  • Bismarck-Mandan Garden Club
  • Outdoor Services Inc.

Photos from the 2016 Celebration:


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