Arbor Day


CHANGE IN VENUE- The Arbor Day Celebration has been moved indoors to the RCTC Field House.

Partnering Sponsors - Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), Maier Tree & Lawn, and Rochester Park & Recreation hold an Annual Arbor Day Celebration on the last Friday in April every year.

The celebration is held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Rochester and is open to the public. The festivities include live music, lunch, free trees, various vendors, and many family activities. Winners of the elementary school Arbor Day Poster Contest will also be recognized.

This year's winners are:


Overall Winner- Nicole Yang- Mrs. Thompson's class, Churchill

First Grade- Ellis Cox- Mr. Anderson's class, Churchill

Second Grade- Jacob Philo- Mrs. Thompson's class, Churchill

Third Grade- Sally Kim- Mrs. Rud's class, Elton Hills

Fourth Grade- Ava Fevold- Ms. Bottema's class, Gibbs

Fifth Grade- Greta Gilbert- Ms. Jensen's class, Elton Hills


2015 poster contest winners with RPU General Manager Mark Kotschevar

This year is our 13th Annual Arbor Day Celebration, which will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Three Links - Silver Lake Park located at 840 7th St NE in Rochester. As in past years, if there is extreme weather, the event will be moved indoors to Rochester Community and Technical College's Field House.

Co-Sponsors include: Hy-Vee, Minnesota Energy Resources, Sargent’s Gardens, and Seneca Foods.

Participants include: Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Olmsted County Environmental Resources, Olmsted Soil & Water Conservation District, Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester Public Library, Rochester Public Works, and Zumbro Valley Audubon.

The festivities include:
• Free Admission
• Free Food – Hot Dogs, Chips, Corn on the Cob, Cookies, and Soda
• Presentation of 2015 Poster Contest Winners
• Live Music from Paul Mayasich and his band, Real American Made Music
• Free Trees
• Giveaways
• Family Activities including:
o Smokey Bear
o Clowns and Balloonists
o Magician
o Bean Bag Toss Game
o RPU Tire Toss Game
o Temporary Tattoos
o Bird Wheel of Fortune Game
o Give Recycling A Shot Game
o Scavenger Hunt
• And much more!

Download the 2015 Arbor Day Flyer for more information.

2015 Arbor Day Celebration