AQ Tree of the Year Competition

As part of the Aquinas College Urban Forest Initiative, the Campus Tree Advisory Committee (C-TAC) is excited to roll out the AQ Tree of the Year Competition. Big or small, any tree can be the winner! This competition is a celebration of what brings life to our campus and air to our lungs. The competition will be held October 2021, in hopes of encouraging campus exploration of the beautiful fall colors. Participants will have two weeks to nominate a tree to the online form, from Oct. 4-17.

The C-TAC will review all submissions and select the top 3 submissions, based on three criteria: Conviction, relevance to the AQ community, and creativity. The public will then have a week to vote and select the AQ Tree of the Year. The competition will be primarily advertised to the on-campus community, but alums and community members can also participate. The winning tree will receive a plaque, commemorating it as the 2021 Tree of the Year.

Nomination Period: Oct. 4-17, 2021 (Nomination Form)
Closed Tree Committee Vote (top 3): Oct. 19-21, 2021
Open/Public Vote (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place): Oct. 25-31, 2021

Campus Tree Tours
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to tour the beautiful trees on campus and see the fall colors in style … by golf cart! During these 45-minute tours, Ryan Wendt will introduce you to over 75 different species of trees and share several interesting facts about each tree. Ryan will also cover a brief history of our campus woodlands. These tours are a great way to find a tree to nominate for the AQ “Tree of the Year” Competition. Come learn all about one of the features that make Aquinas the most beautiful campus around. RSVP is required to, as each scheduled tour has a maximum attendance of 5 people. Tours will begin outside the main entrance of Albertus Hall. Private tours are also available at request by contacting the email above.

  • Oct. 6, 2021: 10-10:45 a.m.
  • Oct. 8, 2021: 3-3:45 p.m.
  • Oct. 11, 2021: 3-3:45 p.m.
  • Oct. 15, 2021- 2-2:45 p.m.
  • Oct. 26, 2021- 2-2:45 p.m.
  • Oct. 27, 2021- 11-11:45 a.m.