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

Community Shade Application

Thanks to our partnership with SMUD, Sacramento Tree Foundation can provide free consultation and trees to qualifying public spaces like schools and parks through our Community Shade program. These trees will provide benefits to the entire community including improved air quality, reduced stress, increased property values, and more!

Community Shade participants will receive expert consultation to select the best planting locations and tree varieties, an educational demonstration on planting and care, and the opportunity to host a volunteer tree planting event.

If you are interested in growing trees in a public space and want to see if you qualify for our program, please fill out the application below. Once your application is received and approved, Tree Foundation experts will work with you to bring your tree project to life.

**While applications are accepted year-round, this program is active only during planting season (October-March) to ensure a healthy start for your new trees.

I would like trees for a public space!

Application for Free Trees

Tree Location & Contact Details
  • The site is a:
  • I have permission from the property owner to plant trees:
  • I am the main contact for this project
Tree Project Details
  • Trees must receive deep watering for the first 3 years. This is approximately 15 gallons of water per week during the dry season. 
  • How will the trees be watered?
  • Is there a plan to mulch the trees?
  • I know who will provide ongoing tree care
Thank You!
  • Please note that the Tree Foundation will provide recommendations for the best tree varieties and placement. It is the property owner's responsibility to approve these recommendations and arrange for tree planting and ongoing care. Tree delivery and planting timeline will depend on Tree Foundation schedule availability.

    The Tree Foundation will provide expert education and support for our partners and ongoing monitoring for the free trees that we provide.

    Thank you for your interest in planting trees!