Arbor Day Celebration Cancelled

Rochester's Annual Arbor Day Celebration

RPU’s 19th Annual Arbor Day Event is unfortunately cancelled again this year, but we are still celebrating with an Arbor Day Tree Giveaway!

Free Burr Oak Seedlings!

Partnering Sponsors - Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), Maier Tree & Lawn, Rochester Parks & Recreation, Sargent's Gardens, and Jim Whiting Nursery & Garden Center - will be giving away FREE Bur Oak Tree Seedlings:

Friday, April 30 • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Three Links – Silver Lake Park
(840 7th St NE in Rochester)
While supplies last!

Where to Plant Your Bur Oak Seedling

Did you know where you plant your tree can save you energy and money on your utility bills? Click here to download our Partners in Planting brochure, which not only lists tree planting guidelines, but includes a $20 Arborist Coupon for the care and maintenance of your tree.

Before you plant, remember to:

  • Call before you dig! Contact Gopher State One – Call 811.
  • If you are planting in the boulevard or right of way, please contact the Rochester Parks & Recreation Forestry Division at 507-328-2515 or download the permit at
  • Avoid placing trees under power lines.
  • Plant your trees the proper distance from your home.
  • Contact your nursery or garden center professional for help.

Arbor Day Poster Contest

This year, we also held our annual elementary school Arbor Day Poster Contest – the theme was “Trees Save Energy & Clean the Air”. Winners are listed below and their artwork will be displayed in RPU’s 2022 Calendar.

The 2021 Poster Contest Winners are (click to view the winner poster):

Bhavya Yerriboyina, 5th Grade
Mrs. Markert
Riverside Elementary

First Grade
Shaarav Nawale
Mrs. Gronemeyer
Harriet Bishop Elementary

Second Grade
Eliana Kerich
Ms. Henry
Gage Elementary

Third Grade
Jia-Xin Fan
Mrs. Peterson
Gibbs Elementary

Fourth Grade
Noella Westra
Mr. Lynch
Gibbs Elementary

Fifth Grade
Norah Jensen
Mrs. Rietkerk
Jefferson Elementary

View our 2021 Calendar that includes our 2020 Poster Contest Winners!

We look forward to holding our normal Arbor Day Celebration next year with festivities that include live music, lunch, free trees, various vendors, and many family activities. Hope to see you there!

Check out the video below from our 2019 Arbor Day Celebration.