Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park hosts 2018 Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration on April 27

Posted on February 13, 2018

Elmer the Elm Tree at the 2017 Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration
Elmer the Elm Tree at the 2017 Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration

Join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and tree lovers of all ages for the 2018 Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on April 27, 4-8 pm!

This year attendees will enjoy a festival-style celebration full of tree-themed activities and educational opportunities, music, food, beer and, of course, new trees! Anyone can help MPRB Arborists plant 150 trees around the park.

The 2018 Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration would not be possible without event sponsors People for Parks, Brewing a Better Forest and Pat's Tap. Also, a big thank you goes out to all the community supporters and volunteers, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Council and Kingfield Neighborhood Association.

A full rundown of events, activities and attractions is below:

Tree Planting

Join MPRB Arborists for tree planting excursions leaving every half hour, 4:30-6:30 pm.


Bucket truck rides
Rope-and-saddle tree climbing supervised by professional arborists
Tree-sized lawn games, including the return of giant cribbage boards built by Harmony Tree Works
Tree-themed obstacle course/Nature Play Zone
Tree Swing
Bounce House
Arborist Show and Tell: Get an up-close look at many of the tools and machines Arborists use to maintain a healthy urban forest
Food Trucks
Beer Garden
Live Music

Children's Arts and Crafts at the 2017 Minneapolis Arbor Day

Elmer the Elm Tree’s 40th Birthday

Elmer the Elm Tree debuted in 1978 to help raise awareness about the potentially devastating effects Dutch Elm Disease posed to Minneapolis’ urban forest. Bold action and management helped taper off the decline of the city’s beloved elm population, which has been diminished but not destroyed more than four decades since the disease began to spread. Large, majestic elm trees still exist in Minneapolis because of this work, unlike many cities across the United States that lost all its elms.

Throughout the years Elmer has served as MPRB Forestry’s go-to mascot for a variety of public education campaigns.  Elmer taught residents about improving the health of our city’s trees and reminds us that trees provide millions of dollars’ worth of environmental benefits. Most recently, Elmer starred in the “Water Trees Weekly” campaign which is especially important as thousands of new trees are planted to replace those removed due to Emerald Ash Borer. 


Volunteers are essential to the success of this growing, fantastic community event. Please contact Sherry Brooks at for more information.

Arbor Day Fun Run

The Minnesota Brewery Running Series is planning an Arbor Day 5K Fun Run in conjunction with the 2018 Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration. The Fun Run begins at 6 pm. Learn more and register at the Arbor Day 5K event page. All proceeds from registration fees will be donated to Brewing a Better Forest for urban forestry outreach and education.