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Arbor Day 





Due to the unfortunate weather we have been having, we need something to celebrate. So…the Northland Arboretum wants to celebrate the ENTIRE month of May! During the month of May, stop by the Northland Arboretum and pick up a tree sapling (one per person, please!) and submit your name in a drawing for an amazing kayak sponsored by Crow Wing Kayaks!


We will also conduct our silent auction virtually from May 8th – 14th. A preview of our items will be shown on our Facebook page leading up to the event and you do not want to miss it.

Environmental Stewardship Award

The Northland Arboretum is now accepting nominations for its first annual Environmental Stewardship Award which will recognize the significant contributions to the protection and improvement of our natural resources by area residents and businesses.


The award is designed to enhance knowledge and awareness of effective conservation and environmental practices and projects making outstanding contributions to the preservation and protection of community natural resources, said Northland Arboretum Executive Director Candice Zimmerman. The award will also give proper recognition to those who engage in these outstanding practices.


Nominations may be submitted by any organization, group, or individual for those who have demonstrated responsible conservation, land ethics, volunteerism, and dedication to the environment. Categories include community improvement, habitat revitalization, litter and debris clean up, grassroots advocacy, and youth education and stewardship. Nominees must reside within the five-county region of Crow Wing, Cass, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena. Environmental Stewardship Award winners will be selected annually by a panel of judges and receive a lifetime membership to the Northland Arboretum, plaque, and community recognition.

Download the nomination form by clicking the button below. A brief summary of the person or group being nominated must be included together with how they are improving the quality of life in our community. At least one photo of the project, activity, person, or groups should also be included together with supporting information. Please email completed nomination and any attachments to by April 1.

Schedule of Events

Schedule is tentative and we'll add more events as we get closer to the date!

  • Enter at Visitor Center and Winter Wonderland entrances

  • Parking at Visitor Center/Paul Bunyan Trail lot and VA Clinic lot

  • Live music – Giveaways - Refreshments

  • Silent Auction to benefit the Arb

  • Register at the event to win a kayak from Crow Wing Kayaks!

10:00 a.m.     

Family-friendly 5K (3.2 miles) and 1-mile hikes

Individuals and families are encouraged to experience the Northland Arboretum’s natural beauty and get some exercise at non-competitive 1 mile and 5K hikes that are being held at the Arboretum on Saturday, April 30, as part of its annual Arbor Day Celebration.


The easy hikes through the Arb’s natural beauty will begin at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for best individual, group, and dog costumes and largest group. Park at the V.A. Clinic and use the Arb’s entrance off Northwest 7th Street behind Westgate Mall.


Following the hike, stay at the Arb for more activities, presentations, a tree planting ceremony, and demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be a bouncy house, face painting, silent auction, live music, and refreshments. Those attending will receive a free commemorative bag and tree seedling and can enter a drawing to win a kayak.


Thanks to major sponsors Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Essentia Health and Mike’s Tree Service, the event is free for the community to attend.


Living Tribute Ceremony
11:00 a.m.                

Environmental Stewardship Award winner announced

Memorial tree planting ceremony with Darrel Olson, Mayor of Baxter and Dave Badeaux, Mayor of Brainerd 

For information about sponsoring a memorial tree visit our Conservation page or contact Candice Zimmermann at

Live Falcons and Presentation by Jackie Fallon
11:00 a.m.               

Live Banding program with live raptors and bird booth at Prairie Gazebo area

12:00 p.m.                

Falcon presentation by Jackie Fallon

1:00 p.m.                  

Live Banding program with live raptors and bird booth

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.   

  • Petting Zoo with farm, native and exotic animals

  • Live music donated by Bruce Archer

  • Face painting woodland animals

  • Smiles for Jake rock painting/Gratitude Tree

  • Frog/beaver/rabbit/deer/bear/fox habitat

  • Planting to attract pollinators/bee display

  • Maple Syrup making demonstration

  • Boat safety, police cruiser, ambulance, helicopter

  • Hands on CPR demonstration

  • Bug catching and identification

  • YMCA Fitness Trail activities

  • Outdoor Wall of Shame

  • Silent Auction

Thank you to our Event Sponsors!
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