We offer expertise, training, tools, and advice so that we may empower our community to plant, protect, and learn about trees.

Free Shade Tree Program

Every home and business benefits from trees. Start with shade trees to keep your home cool and save energy in the summer months. Our  Sacramento Shade Tree Program offers up to 10 free shade trees to SMUD customers. The first step is to review the trees we offer and set up an appointment with a Community Forester.

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Trees for Neighborhoods

The NeighborWoods Program is your opportunity to grow the forest in your very own neighborhood! This program focuses on building investment in your neighborhood by working toward a greater, greener vision through trees. Work directly with one of our expert Community Foresters to plant the right trees in the right places throughout your neighborhood and maximize the many benefits of trees for your community.

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Trees for Schools & Parks

Trees make Sacramento a great place to live, learn, and play. Our schools and parks are the perfect setting for large shade trees. We can provide free expert consultation and free trees for your park, school, or other public space through our Community Shade Tree program.

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Trees for Open Spaces

We work to replenish and sustain the native flora and fauna of our region by replanting and protecting native trees and woodlands. We collaborate with the County of Sacramento and City of Elk Grove, as well as the development community, to plant and nurture native trees in open spaces. See a list of places where we have planted. We also implement habitat restoration projects, such as the Bear River Habitat Trail project funded through the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program.

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Urban Wood Rescue

The Urban Wood Rescue program salvages and reuses lumber from urban trees that need to be removed due to disease, pests, or safety issues. Get regular updates about products and services available by signing up for the Urban Wood Rescue email list.


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Save The Elms

For more than 30 years we have trained volunteers to advocate and care for our urban forest. The Save The Elms Program builds on that foundation by training citizen scientists to help identify Dutch elm disease symptoms in order to slow the spread of the disease.

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Seedling Growing Program

Seed to Seedling is an award-winning California native oak curriculum for 3rd and 4th graders. Kids learn about natural and cultural history of California's native oaks and the incredible benefits of trees. Participating educators can also choose to participate in our seedling growing program.

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Tree Care Training and Tree Tours

Annually we offer FREE Winter Pruning Clinics and Spring and Fall Tree Tours. Join us to learn how to prune your young trees or to enjoy a lovely walk beneath our incredible tree canopy. You can also download one of our many self-guided walking tours for neighborhoods like River Park, Arden Arcade, and Woodlake. » Join Us »

News See all

Sacramento Shade program marks 25th anniversary

SMUD and the Sacramento Tree Foundation recently celebrated 25 years of partnership with the planting of a ceremonial willow oak at the southeast corner of SMUD’s Headquarters building. The partnership—known as the Sacramento Shade program—has delivered more than half a million free shade trees to residences and businesses since 1990.

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Planting Trees for Wildlife

Prune Those Trees!

Sacramento has a rich history of planting trees

Tree grant to bear fruit for north Sacramento

How-To See all

Choose the Best Tree for your Space!

Find ideal trees for your space by searching our Shady Eighty database for tree characteristics you’re most interested in! We created a list of the very best trees for our region and now you can easily search our online database for trees that meet your needs. Happy planting!

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Care for Trees During Drought

Learn how you can conserve water and keep your trees healthy at the same time. Watch our webinar for more information on caring for your young and mature trees and download our Tips for Tree Care During Drought handout.

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Events See all

McKinley Park Tree Tour

McKinley Park Library

Thursday, October 27 5:30P - 6:30P

Join Anne Fenkner, ISA Municipal Arborist/Master Gardener, on a guided walk through McKinley Park for the peak of fall color and learn all about the diverse and historic trees. McKinley Park is one of the most popular and visited parks in the area, and has been enjoyed by Sacramentans since 1871. This tour highlights the tree specimens found here!

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Samuel Kennedy Tree Planting & Garden Party

Samuel Kennedy Elementary School

Saturday, November 5 8:30A - 12:00P

At the Sacramento Tree Foundation, our vision is to bring beautiful, tree-lined streets, shaded parks and schools, and full-canopy forests to the entire Sacramento community. YOU can be a part of this journey by joining us at Samuel Kennedy Elementary School as we plant 40+ new shade trees and fix up the school garden.

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