North Dakota State Symbols

North Dakota State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

North Dakota Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

North Dakota is made up of open prairies, plains, plateaus, and lakes. Hot summers and cold winters dominate the seasons, in which students can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, biking, hunting, and attending various festivals and events. Tourist attractions include the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Knife River Indian Villages, and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

Both rural and agricultural, with grain farms and cattle ranches, North Dakota gets its name from the Dakota division of the Sioux Indians who lived on the plains before the Europeans arrived. "Dakota" means "friend." French-Canadian soldier and fur trader Pierre Gaultier de Varennes was the first known white explorer to visit the home of the Dakota in 1738. North Dakota was one of the last areas of the frontier to be settled by non-Native Americans, and even today, it's not a highly populated state. North Dakota, whose capital is Bismarck, joined the Union in 1889 as the 39th state. Appropriately, the state bird is the Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta).

North Dakota State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of North Dakota state facts such as North Dakota state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over North Dakota, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

North Dakota State Symbols, Emblems, & Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

American Folk Dance Square Dance
Art Museum "The North Dakota Museum of Art," Grand Forks on the North Dakota University Campus
Beverage Milk
Bird Western Meadowlark
(Sturnella neglecta)
Coat of Arms Coat of Arms
Fish Northern Pike
(Esox lucius)
Flag State Flag
Flower Wild Prairie Rose - Rosa blanda or Arkansana (Rosa setigera)
Fossil Teredo Petrified Wood
Fruit Chokecherry
(Prunus virginiana)
Grass Western Wheatgrass
(Agropyron smithii)
Honorary Equine The Nokota Horse
(Equus caballus)
Insect Convergent lady beetle {ladybug}
(Hippodamia convergens)
Language English
March "Flickertail March"
Motto Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable
Nicknames "Peace Garden State"
Quarter North Dakota State Quarter
Railroad Museum Mandan Railroad Museum
Seal Great Seal
Song "North Dakota Hymn"
Tree American Elm
(Ulmus americana)
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