Programs

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 »

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Winter Tree Tips

After another hot summer, we are now facing winter storms. The precipitation is certainly welcome to our region, but harsh storms can damage our trees. Many trees stressed by recent drought have decaying or dead branches that could fall during a windy storm.

How can we protect our trees and ourselves during the stormy months? Now is the time to examine your trees and prune if needed! Take a walk outside and really inspect your forest. Look for broken, dead, or diseased branches that could be a hazard and need to be removed. Excessive amounts of fungal growth on a branch could also be a sign of decay. Or, you might have entire dead trees that need to come out for safety. Strong, well-maintained trees should weather the season just fine.

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Seeds for Sonoma County

A Cherry Tree Grove for Southside Park

2017 Save The Elms Program (STEP) Wrap-Up

Barking Up the Right Tree: A Doggone Good Time!

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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 your Roots

Roots work hard to keep your tree healthy, strong, and anchored into the ground. Learn how to care for your roots so they can thrive underground.

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Planting at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, February 24 8:45A - 12:30P

Come join us to plant up to 220 native seedlings and acorns! We'll focus on reforesting a portion of the refuge to create habitat for wildlife and to promote growth of native trees. This is a family friendly event!

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NeighborWoods Planting at Fern Bacon Middle School

Fern Bacon Middle School

Saturday, March 3 8:45A - 1:00P

Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation as we celebrate California Arbor Week by canopying the campus of Fern Bacon Middle School. Spring is the perfect time to fill the campus with 60 more shade trees and mulch its existing trees so they remain strong, vibrant, and healthy for years to come.

Please arrive at 8:45am so that we’re ready to start planting by 9:00am.

There is plenty of parking available in the school parking lot and in front of the school on Cuny Ave.

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