Arbor Day Celebration Cancelled

Rochester's Annual Arbor Day Celebration

Partnering Sponsors - Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), Maier Tree & Lawn, Rochester Parks & Recreation, and Sargent's Gardens 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 are also announced.

This year, the 20th Annual Arbor Day Celebration, will be on Friday, April 29, 2022 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 move indoors to Rochester Community and Technical College's Field House.

Co-Sponsors include Hy-Vee, Jim Whiting Nursery & Garden Center, Minnesota Energy Resources, Pepsi, and Seneca Foods.

Participants include the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, City of Rochester Sustainability, Olmsted County Environmental Resources, Olmsted Soil & Water Conservation District, Rochester Art Center, Rochester Fire Department, Rochester Public Library, Rochester Public Works Environmental Services, Rochester Water Reclamation Plant, Sekapp Orchard, Spark, and Zumbro Valley Audubon.

The festivities include:

  • Free Admission
  • Free Food - Hot Dogs, Chips, Corn on the Cob, Cookies, and Soda
  • Presentation of the 2022 Poster Contest Winners
  • Live Music from PK Mayo Quartet
  • Smokey the Bear
  • Free Trees
  • Chainsaw Carving by Steve Elliott
  • Giveaways
  • Family Activities including:
    • Go! Play! Explore! Mobile Rec trailer
    • Bean Bag Toss Game
    • Give Recycling A Shot Game
    • Tree Cookie Stacking
    • Temporary Tattoos
    • Tree Ring Toss Game
    • Tree Medallion Necklaces
    • Bird Wheel of Fortune Game
    • Apple Toss Game
  • And much more!

Download the 2022 Arbor Day Flyer for more information. 

Check out the video below from our 2022 Arbor Day Celebration. And, save the date for next year's Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, April 28, 2023!

Arbor Day Poster Contest

This year, RPU held their annual elementary school Arbor Day Poster Contest with the theme is “Trees are Terrific & They Keep Our Water Clean!” The winners were recognized at the 2022 Arbor Day Celebration and their artwork is featured in RPU's 2023 Calendar.

The 2022 Poster Contest Winners (click to view the winner poster):

  • Overall: Jia-Xin Fan, 4th Grade - Ms. Bottema – Gibbs Elementary
  • First Grade: - Mia Huang - Mrs. Mueller - Churchill Elementary
  • Second Grade: Shaarav Nawale - Mrs. Hanzlik - Washington Elementary
  • Third Grade: Adelaide Meyer - Mrs. Cox - Hoover Elementary
  • Fourth Grade: Nadine Saadalla - Mrs. Lanza - Folwell Elementary
  • Fifth Grade: Inge Zetzsche - Mr. Majerus - Hoover Elementary