Arbor Week 2019

Dedicate New Signs, Run a Race, Learn about Trees in daytime Tours & evening Presentations, Eat and Drink on the beautiful Blackfoot, Attend a NW Collegiate Timbersports Competition and More !

The State of Montana Arboretum, the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation and Trees for Missoula will celebrate Arbor Week 2019 with a slate of activities from Saturday April 20th to Sunday April 28th, 2019


  • April 20 (Sat) to 28 (Sun) Informative Tree Tags throughout the Arboretum

  • April 20 (Sat) to 28 (Sun) “A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us exhibit on the UM Oval. The exhibit starts at the Grizzly Bear statue, with every step taking you back in time a million years. This exhibit consists of 90 colorful panels that depict points in time of the 4.6-billion-year life of the solar system and planet Earth. Exhibited by the Environmental Studies Program (EVST) at UM, it is one of only three in the world.

  • April 20 (Sat)  Run for the Trees - Missoula Parks & Rec and Trees for Missoula at Silver Park. Run for the Trees details and pre-registration

  • April 22 (Mon) Arboretum Tour, 5:30 - 7:00 pm – Meet at "the Root” - just north of UM’s Main Hall.  Facebook event.

  • April 23 (Tue) Trees and Climate Change – Think Globally presentation by Solomon Dobrowski, UM Professor of Forest Landscape Ecology, 7:00 to 8:30 pm – UM Interdisciplinary Science Building, Room 110.  Facebook Event

  • April 24 (Wed) Community Arboretum Night for your State of Montana Arboretum at Bonner Kettlehouse 3 – with food from Chameleon Mobile Kitchen. Bring your friends for good beverages, good food, and a raffle for a good cause. 5:00 - 8:00 pm.  Facebook Event.

  • April 25 (Thurs) Trees and Climate Change – Act Locally Panel Discussion, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Interdisciplinary Science Building, Rm 110.  Facebook Event.
    • Moderator: Karen Sippy, Executive Director, Trees for Missoula
    • Panelists: Jamie Kirby, Montana State Urban and Community Forester, DNRC
      Amy Cilimburg, Executive Director, Climate Smart Missoula
      Nick Silverman, Research Scientist, University of Montana

  • April 26 (Fri) Arbor Day at "the Root” - State of Montana Arboretum – just north of Main Hall.  Facebook Event.
    • 12:15 pm Welcome to Arbor Day – Annie Garde, of MTPR’s Pea Green Boat
    • State of Montana Arboretum History, Former Montana Senator and UM History Professor Harry Fritz
    • Arbor Day Proclamation and remarks – UM President Seth Bodnar
    • Dedication of New Arboretum Interpretive Signage – Tom DeLuca, Dean, Franke College of Forestry and Conservation
    • 12:45 A Parade from the Root to Eck Hall for the Arbor Day Tree Planting
    • 1:15 Arboretum Tour – Meet at "the Root” – just north of Main Hall

  • April 26 (Fri) A preliminary collegiate lumberjack competition as part of Forestry Days at Fort Missoula from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fort Missoula. The competition will be followed by a spaghetti dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. in Garrett Grothen Arena to benefit the UM Student Recreation Association and a silent auction to benefit the UM Woodsman Team.

  • April 27 (Sat) Arboretum Tour - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Meet at "the Root" just north of Main Hall.  Facebook Event.

  • April 27 (Sat) Forestry Days at Fort Missoula from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort Missoula. Events are hosted by the Society of American Foresters in association with the Montana Woodsman Team and the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. Events include a one-of-a-kind logging show in which professional and collegiate lumberjacks (including UM’s Woodsman Team) compete. These logging athletes hail from across the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Events include cross-cut sawing, wood chopping, pole climbing, axe throwing and more. There will also be antique logging equipment demonstrations and other displays. Draught Works will host a beer garden.

About the State of Montana Arboretum

In 1991, the UM Campus was designated the State Arboretum by act of the Montana Legislature to “facilitate the scientific study and public exhibition of many species of trees and shrubs.” With 2,300 trees of over 100 different species, the arboretum is free, open year-round and accessible to all. In addition to emphasizing Montana habitats, the arboretum showcases trees and shrubs of eight North American bioregions: Great Plains, Central Hardwoods, Northeastern and Southeastern Mixed Forests, Northern and Southern Rockies, and Pacific Coast and Boreal Forests. Additional arboretum features include Memorial Row, an allee of Ponderosa pines planted in 1919 to commemorate 32 UM war dead; a 1993 Montana Centennial planting of one tree or shrub representing each Montana county; the recently replanted double ring of maple and oak trees on the Oval, emulating the original 1899 planting; and Montana native-plant gardens around the former Botany building.

Past Events

Arbor Day 2018

Giving Tuesday 2018

Planting a tree

Child holding a tree to be planted


Please direct Arbor Week questions to:
Ken Stolz   
Phone: (406) 544-0572