Arbor Day 2021: Celebrating 150 Years of Arbor Day

April 30th - 2nd, 2021

A love of trees that goes way, way, way beyond hugging.

 

For 150 years, folks in this small town on the Missouri River have faithfully planted trees. 


Oaks, pines, maples, elms, willows, sycamores.  Flowering trees, conifers, deciduous.  What started as a plan to make the empty plains welcoming to settlers and provide shade, shelter, and building materials has turned into a quest for environmental preservation – a chance to enrich the earth for future generations.

 

Along the way, what became known as Arbor Day grew into a weekend-long celebration.  And not only in our own community…Arbor Day may have started in the small town of Nebraska City, Nebraska, but it is now recognized in all 50 states and in many countries around the world.

 

Come and visit us for the 150th Arbor Day!  Make a weekend out of it; stay a few days, visit some museums, shop a bit, see the sights…plant a tree!

 

2021 INFORMATION 

2021 Arbor Day Honoree Nomination form
2021 Schedule of Events form
2021 Parade form
2021 Sponsorship Options
2021 Sponsorship Form
2021 Tree Planting Form
2021 5K/10K Run – Sign Up Here
2021 Nebraska Bloody Mary State Championship RULES
2021 Nebraska Bloody Mary State Championship FORM
2021 Home, Craft, & Garden Market INFORMATION/RULES
2021 Home, Craft, & Garden Market REGISTRATION

7 Ways to Experience Arbor Day in the Home of Arbor Day

 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Arbor Day 5K/10K Run/Walk


Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Start/End at the Old Stone Cabin (Central Avenue and Steinhart Park Road)
Description: This run is for runners of all types, ages and abilities. Pets and strollers are welcome. Get the whole family involved! New this year, the Kids Run and every runner, in person or virtual, will have a Ponderosa Pine planted near Chadron State College in their honor! We are teaming up with the Arbor Day Foundation to re-tree the area due to a forest fire. Our goal is to plant 500 trees!
Website: https://my.raceresult.com/166864/registration?lang=en

Thursday, April 29, 2021

$10 general seating; $13 premium seating

Lourdes Central Catholic Presents Disney's Beauty & the Beast


Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wirth Theatre, Lourdes High School, 412 2nd Avenue
Description: A tale as old as time from an award-winning musical program! See your favorite characters on stage - Belle, the Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Chip...and who can forget Gaston and Le Fou! Tickets available after April 19.
Website: https://www.tix.com/

Friday, April 30, 2021

FREE

Free Admission to Arbor Lodge Mansion


Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Arbor Lodge Mansion, 2600 Arbor Avenue
Description: Explore the 52-room mansion, learn about Arbor Day History, and experience the grand opening of the Women of Arbor Lodge display.
Website: https://www.arbordayfarm.org/events/
FREE

I Heart Nature Mural Photo Contest


Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: The Keeping Room, 717 Central Avenue
Description: Get creative in front of our brand new I Heart Nature Mural in our Cafe! Snap your pic, upload it to Instagram, tag us, and you could win! The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $100 Gift Card to The Keeping Room; 2nd Place will receive a $50 Gift Card. Say CHEESE!
Website: https://thekeepingroomnc.com/

Apple Sangria in a Souvenir Glass


Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: The Keeping Room, 717 Central Avenue
Description: Enjoy lunch - and cocktails in a souvenir glass!
Website: https://thekeepingroomnc.com/

Children's Program


Time: 10:30 / 1:30
Location: Arbor Lodge State Park
Description: Continuing a tradition that started 150 years ago, local schoolchildren will celebrate Arbor Day with an educational and entertaining field trip to Arbor Lodge!
$5 admission to house; FREE to Otoe County residents

Victorian Wedding Dress Display at Wildwood


Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Wildwood Historic Center, 420 Steinhart Park Road
Description: Wildwood House will be displaying wedding dresses from the 1860s to 1900s. The Art Barn will be open!
Website: https://www.wildwoodhistoriccenter.org/
FREE

Artist Demonstrations


Time: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Self Expressions Gallery & Gifts, 713 Central Avenue
Description: Stop in and meet some resident artists - and watch them create!
Website: https://selfexpressionsgallery.com/
$10 general seating; $13 premium seating

Lourdes Central Catholic Presents Disney's Beauty & the Beast


Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wirth Theatre, Lourdes High School, 412 2nd Avenue
Description: A tale as old as time from an award-winning musical program! See your favorite characters on stage - Belle, the Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Chip...and who can forget Gaston and Le Fou! Tickets available after April 19.
Website: https://www.tix.com/
$10 per person

Cosmic Bowling


Time: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: Arbor Lanes, 2023 Industrial Road
Description: Cosmic Bowling during Arbor Day weekend - $10 per person for two hours (includes shoe rental and a medium soda).
Website: https://arborlanesbowling.com/

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Kidz Triathlon


Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Ambassador Wellness Center, 1240 N. 19th Street
Description: Swim, Bike, and Run! Trophies for both age groups (Juniors 6-10 and Seniors 11-14). For more information and to register, email Kevin at kgray@ambhealthsys.com.
$60/person for one course or $100/person for two courses

Arbor Day Open


Location: Wildwood Golf Course & The Golf Club at Table Creek
Description: Golf in the Arbor Day Open! Two-person scramble at both Wildwood Golf Course and The Golf Club at Table Creek in Nebraska City...either Saturday or Sunday. $60/person for one course or $100/person for both. Cart included. ***A portion of the proceeds go to a reforesting project near Chadron State College in Chadron, NE*** Category prizes! Call either course to register.

Home, Craft, & Garden Market


Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Eagles Club, 600 1st Corso
Description: Home goods, improvement vendors, garden ideas, makers -- all indoors!
FREE

Free Admission to Arbor Lodge Mansion


Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Arbor Lodge Mansion, 2600 Arbor Avenue
Description: Explore the 52-room mansion, learn about Arbor Day History, and experience the grand opening of the Women of Arbor Lodge display.
Website: https://www.arbordayfarm.org/events/
Tree Adventure: $13/Adult, $11/Youth, Ages 2 & Under/Free

Arbor Day Weekend Celebration


Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Arbor Day Farm, 2611 Arbor Avenue
Description: Family celebration, hands-on events, tree planting activities, Junior Arborist program, orchard tours, history, wine tasting, Farm & Forest Dinner, and more! Purchase tickets in advance.
Website: https://www.arbordayfarm.org/events/
FREE

I Heart Nature Mural Photo Contest


Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: The Keeping Room, 717 Central Avenue
Description: Get creative in front of our brand new I Heart Nature Mural in our Cafe! Snap your pic, upload it to Instagram, tag us, and you could win! The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $100 Gift Card to The Keeping Room; 2nd Place will receive a $50 Gift Card. Say CHEESE!
Website: https://thekeepingroomnc.com/

Apple Sangria in a Souvenir Glass


Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: The Keeping Room, 717 Central Avenue
Description: Enjoy lunch - and cocktails in a souvenir glass!
Website: https://thekeepingroomnc.com/

Fleaing at the Farm


Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: 5585 County Rd H
Description: Family Fun at the Farm - kids activities, food, and many crafts and junk dealers.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2901676070047924

3-on-3 Speed Dodgeball Tournament


Location: Ambassador Wellness Center, 1240 N. 19th Street
Description: Cash prizes - teams must have at least one female - double elimination. Times dependent on number of entries. For more information and to register, email Kevin at kgray@ambhealthsys.com.

3-on-3 Adult Basketball Tournament


Location: Ambassador Wellness Center, 1240 N. 19th Street
Description: Double elimination - $600 in cash prizes - 2 subs allowed. Times dependent on number of entries. For more information and to register, email Kevin at kgray@ambhealthsys.com.
$10 per person

Cosmic Bowling


Time: Noon to 11 p.m.
Location: Arbor Lanes, 2023 Industrial Road
Description: Cosmic Bowling during Arbor Day weekend - $10 per person for two hours (includes shoe rental and a medium soda).
Website: https://arborlanesbowling.com/
$5 admission to house; FREE to Otoe County residents

Victorian Wedding Dress Display at Wildwood


Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Wildwood Historic Center, 420 Steinhart Park Road
Description: Wildwood House will be displaying wedding dresses from the 1860s to 1900s. The Art Barn will be open!
Website: https://www.wildwoodhistoriccenter.org/
FREE

Artist Demonstrations


Time: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Self Expressions Gallery & Gifts, 713 Central Avenue
Description: Stop in and meet some resident artists - and watch them create!
Website: https://selfexpressionsgallery.com/
FREE

2021 Arbor Day Parade


Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Central Ave - Drive from 6th Street west to 11th Street
Description: Floats, vehicles, bands, and more! VIEW US LIVE ON FACEBOOK!
Website: https://www.facebook.com/GoNebraskaCity
FREE

Mariachi Band


Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Memorial Way, 809 Central Avenue
Description: Let's celebrate Cinco de Mayo early with mariachi music and dancing in Memorial Way after the Arbor Day Parade!
$60/pereson

Farm & Forest Dinner


Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Steinhart Lodge
Description: Enjoy an Arbor Day-inspired, four-course dinner in a beautiful setting. Each course is paired with a tree-themed cocktail. Each ticket purchase plants a tree. Tickets available via the link below.
Website: Farm & Forest Dinner Tickets
$10 general seating; $13 premium seating

Lourdes Central Catholic Presents Disney's Beauty & the Beast


Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wirth Theatre, Lourdes High School, 412 2nd Avenue
Description: A tale as old as time from an award-winning musical program! See your favorite characters on stage - Belle, the Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Chip...and who can forget Gaston and Le Fou! Tickets available after April 19.
Website: https://www.tix.com/

Sunday, May 2, 2021

$60/person for one course or $100/person for two courses

Arbor Day Open


Location: Wildwood Golf Course & The Golf Club at Table Creek
Description: Golf in the Arbor Day Open! Two-person scramble at both Wildwood Golf Course and The Golf Club at Table Creek in Nebraska City...either Saturday or Sunday. $60/person for one course or $100/person for both. Cart included. ***A portion of the proceeds go to a reforesting project near Chadron State College in Chadron, NE*** Category prizes! Call either course to register.
$5/Adults - $4/Kids

Annual Arbor Day Fly-In Breakfast


Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Nebraska City Municipal Airport
Description: Come and enjoy pancakes and ham! We've been serving for 68 years.

Nebraska Bloody Mary State Championship


Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Steinhart Lodge, Steinhart Park, Nebraska City
Description: Do you make the best Bloody Mary in Nebraska? Enter to find out! Or would you rather taste-test? $5 cover charge - tasking tickets are 5 for $10. 21 and over event.
Website: Details here!

Home, Craft, & Garden Market


Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Eagles Club, 600 1st Corso
Description: Home goods, improvement vendors, garden ideas, makers -- all indoors!
FREE

Free Admission to Arbor Lodge Mansion


Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Arbor Lodge Mansion, 2600 Arbor Avenue
Description: Explore the 52-room mansion, learn about Arbor Day History, and experience the grand opening of the Women of Arbor Lodge display.
Website: https://www.arbordayfarm.org/events/
Tree Adventure: $13/Adult, $11/Youth, Ages 2 & Under/Free

Arbor Day Weekend Celebration


Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Arbor Day Farm, 2611 Arbor Avenue
Description: Family celebration, hands-on events, tree planting activities, Junior Arborist program, orchard tours, history, wine tasting, Farm & Forest Dinner, and more! Purchase tickets in advance.
Website: https://www.arbordayfarm.org/events/
FREE

Artist Demonstrations


Time: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Self Expressions Gallery & Gifts, 713 Central Avenue
Description: Stop in and meet some resident artists - and watch them create!
Website: https://selfexpressionsgallery.com/
$5 admission to house; FREE to Otoe County residents

Victorian Wedding Dress Display at Wildwood


Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Wildwood Historic Center, 420 Steinhart Park Road
Description: Wildwood House will be displaying wedding dresses from the 1860s to 1900s. The Art Barn will be open!
Website: https://www.wildwoodhistoriccenter.org/
$10 general seating; $13 premium seating

Lourdes Central Catholic Presents Disney's Beauty & the Beast


Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Wirth Theatre, Lourdes High School, 412 2nd Avenue
Description: A tale as old as time from an award-winning musical program! See your favorite characters on stage - Belle, the Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Chip...and who can forget Gaston and Le Fou! Tickets available after April 19.
Website: https://www.tix.com/

Festival Sponsors

The Morton Oak

Arbor Day Parade