Arbor Day and Tree City USA

Arbor Day and Tree City USA

Arbor Day

Local schools partners with the city of Mankato each year to plant trees during Arbor Day. Students learn about proper tree planting techniques, mulching and tree care.

Arbor Day was first celebrated on April 8, 1874 in Nebraska with an estimated one million trees being planted that day. Today, Arbor Day is observed in many countries around the world. Learn more about Arbor Day.

To request a tree planting, contact staff at 507-387-8580.


On Lion’s Park by LaVonne Smasal, North Mankato

Tree City USA

The National Arbor Day Foundation has named the city of Mankato a Tree City USA for more than 16 years. Mankato’s urban forest program was recognized for its ongoing process of growth and renewal that protects tree health for years to come.

Communities selected as a Tree City USA have demonstrated a commitment to caring for and managing public trees and must meet four standards: maintain a tree board or department, have a community tree ordinance, focus on urban forestry and celebrate Arbor Day.

Mankato has long been committed to tree care and maintenance. The city of Mankato was the first Minnesota city to be recognized by the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee for its tree maintenance program.

For more information, contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.