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 County 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.

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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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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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Urban Wood Rescue

Planting Trees for Wildlife

Big Day of Giving Success

Prune Those Trees!

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Plan a Mulch Party

Bring the benefits of mulch to your neighborhood tree canopy. Follow our DIY guide to get your community involved in a mulch party!

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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

Woodland Tree Foundation Tree Planting

Campbell Park

Saturday, December 5 9:00A - 12:00P

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Wildlife Refuge Site Clean Up

North Stone Lake

Saturday, December 5 9:00A - 12:30P

Spend some time in a closed area of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge cleaning up one of our old planting sites. These plants were installed in January 2012, and for three years were watered and cared for. Now we will be "releasing them into the wild" by removing tree shelter tubes and irrigation supplies.