UM to Celebrate Arbor Day April 27 with Tree Planting, Plaque Unveiling

April 18, 2018

MISSOULA – The State of Montana Arboretum on the University of Montana campus will celebrate Arbor Day with a slate of activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 27.

UM’s new Arboretum Interpretive Site, aka the Root. Photo by Ken Stolz. Unless otherwise noted, all events will be centered at the new Arboretum Interpretive Site, aka the Root, on the north side of Main Hall between the University Center and the Botany Building.

Festivities include:

  • 11 a.m.:
    • Welcome & Arbor Day Proclamation by Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney and UM President Seth Bodnar.
    • Stories of Trees with Anne Garde of Montana Public Radio’s “The Pea Green Boat.”
    • Tree planting with help from Missoula elementary students.
  • 11:40 a.m.: Oval Tree Project Donor Plaque unveiling with President Bodnar and the UM Alumni Association on the east end of UM Oval, in front of Main Hall.
  • Noon: Festive music, root beer, treats and door prizes.
  • 12:30 p.m.: Tribute Trees Ceremony with introduction and remarks by Mayor John Engen and Tom DeLuca, dean of UM’s W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation.
  • 1 p.m.: Arboretum tour of campus tree diversity along with scavenger hunt and plant-your-own-seedling activities.

UM’s Arbor Day festivities kick off a “Root for the Arboretum” campaign that seeks $15,000 for fabrication, mounting and installation of interpretive signs about the Arboretum and trees in general. The six signs will complete the Root site.

Donations for the sign project can be made online at or by mailing checks to the UM Foundation, reference UM Arboretum, P.O. Box 7159, Missoula, MT 59807. Donations may also be made by calling committee chair John Goodburn at 406-243-4295 or emailing Donors will be recognized on the State of Montana Arboretum website at

Learn more at or on the State of Montana Arboretum Facebook page at


Contact: John Goodburn, chairman, State of Montana Arboretum, 406-243 4295,