Programs

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

To learn more about how you can begin your NeighborWoods project, download our NeighborWoods guidebook and workbook.

If you are interested in starting a NeighborWoods project in El Dorado, Placer, Sutter, Yolo, or Yuba Counties, we may be able to offer our services and expertise as well. Email or call us at (916) 924-8733 and let us know what kind of project you would like to begin.

South Sacramento

South Sacramento does not have many trees, but neighbors are working hard to change this by planting trees throughout the community.  » Learn More »

South Natomas

The goal of the South Natomas Urban Greening Initiative is to plant 1,000 trees in 3 years in Gardenland, Northgate, and South Natomas in an effort to replace the tree canopy while building a community commitment to trees.
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Rancho Cordova

Through our partnerships with the City of Rancho Cordova and SMUD, residents, business owners, and community organizations can get free trees and assistance with planting, irrigation, and dead tree removal.  » Learn More »

Rosemont

After mistletoe and old age damaged the Modesto ash that once lined these streets, neighbors in the Rosemont community kicked off a planting campaign to renew their tree canopy.  » Learn More »

Hollywood Park

Through planting new trees, removing sick and dead trees, and developing a culture of stewardship, neighbors in Hollywood Park and Carleton Tract are working together to improve their tree canopy.  » Learn More »

River Park

The River Park Tree Canopy Project is a community-based effort to restore and enhance the tree canopy in River Park. Through this initiative, we have successfully planted over 100 trees in River Park since 2015 with the help of amazing volunteers from the River Park community! » Learn More »

News See all

Legacy of racist ‘redlining’ lingers in Sacramento neighborhoods. How this costs the city

Many Sacramento neighborhoods officially shaded red and "hazardous" on an official map after the Great Depression remain home to people who are more likely to frequent an emergency room for asthma. And they are less likely to have a hardy tree canopy overhead, exposing them to harsher conditions that can impact their health.

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Money trees: U.S. cities find new ways of valuing urban forests

Why the California Energy Commission should approve SMUD’s controversial solar proposal

Advocacy Alert: Leave Room for Trees in New Developments

Sacramento Tree Foundation: Growing The Urban Forest

Racist Housing Practices From The 1930s Linked To Hotter Neighborhoods Today

Here's where Sacramento's fallen trees are reborn

When pruning your trees, avoid these common practices

‘Turn Off the Sunshine’: Why Shade Is a Mark of Privilege in Los Angeles

Urban dwellers who live near green spaces are less likely to die early, a new study says

When a tree dies, don’t waste your breath. Rescue the wood to honour its memory

Sacramento's urban heat island divide

Our urban forest: Time to plant a tree for future generations

Volunteers plant new life in Sacramento County

Fewer trees, more asthma. How Sacramento can improve its canopy and public health

How Sacramento’s urban forest divides the city — and some neighborhoods are left behind

Greta Thunberg: 'We are ignoring natural climate solutions'

Sacramento's beloved tree canopy is in grave danger. Here's what you can do to help save it

A tiny beetle has decimated SoCal trees. Now experts are worried about Sacramento

We're in a race to save our urban canopy. Why Sacramento's trees are under threat

Urban neighborhoods need trees for health and safety. Help us plant more in Sacramento

Trees Are Key to Fighting Urban Heat -- But Cities Keep Losing Them

As Rising Heat Bakes U.S. Cities, The Poor Often Feel It Most

What summers in Sacramento mean for our Urban Ecology team

Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

Get your trees ready for summer!

Shade

We wanted to know: Why are there so many orange trees in Sacramento?

Celebrate California Arbor Week with us!

CAL FIRE Presents: What Is Urban Forestry?

Seeing The Forest For The Trees

Florin Elementary Tree Planting

Sacramento secures $23 million in state funds for neighborhood revamp, new light rail station

Great Question! How did Sacramento come to have so many trees?

Sowing the seeds for a better city

A second life for elms

Greening the Bear River Habitat Trail

A tree is worth a thousand memories

Students growing oaks for Wine Country

How to keep your trees happy after hail and drought

How did Sacramento become the ‘City of Trees’? Upcoming documentary tells the story

New documentary gets to the root of Sacramento’s love affair with trees

Chronicles of the Sacramento Elms

Arbor Week festivities: Planting trees and building community

2018 California Arbor Week Celebrations!

Sylvia and Her Japanese Maple

Winter Tree Tips

Picky songbirds demand native oaks

A Growing Partnership

Top 5 Evergreen Trees

Connecting the Dots: Sacramento County NeighborWoods Initiative

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!

Top 5 Trees for Fall Color

South Sacramento Mulching Madness

Partnership Fosters a Greener Tomorrow in Del Paso Heights

City Council Votes to Support Trees while Saving Water

Project Spotlight: Fruitridge Manor and the Mack Road Partnership

2016-2017: A Tree-mendous Year for Volunteerism

My Experience as an Urban Ecology Intern

Dutch elm disease (DED) Confirmed in Curtis Park

Welcome Torin, our new Director of Education & Engagement!

Save The Elms Program (STEP) Update

Tree Cheers for the City of Rancho Cordova!

Watering Trees is Wise, Not Wasteful

Welcome Loren, our new Restoration Specialist!

Celebrating 100 Years of Volunteer Service with the Lions Club

Top 5 Trees for Spring Flowers

NEWS RELEASE: California Arbor Day Celebration

Greenprint Summit 2017: It's a Wrap!

Time To Check-In With Our South Sacramento NeighborWoods Project!

Top 5 Trees for Attracting Wildlife

A Fruitful Acorn Harvest

Our TREE-mendous partnership with Fulton - El Camino Recreation & Park District

Ask an Arborist

Q&A with Community Planting Leaders in Arden Park: Jane Hagedorn, Gregg Fishman, and Frank Moran

Building Community through Trees

Trees are a Tool to Fight Inequality

River Park NeighborWoods: A Blue Print for Success

Save The Elms Program Celebrates Success!

Welcome Elke!

Your Most Asked Tree Questions...

Riverview STEM Academy: New Voices at the Table

Community Volunteers are the Heart of our Work

It's Takes a (Lincoln) Village

Shady Eighty NOW ONLINE!

Fruitridge Manor: ROOTing For A Better Tomorrow!

Chronicles of the Sacramento Elms: Part 2

Folks for Oaks

Announcing our NEW Urban Ecology Manager, Jennifer!

California Arbor Week and National Arbor Day Celebrations!

Greening Our Community

Kick-off Planting at Bear River a HUGE Success!

NeighborWoods Projects highlight a busy autumn

Welcome our NEW Community Forester, Rachel!

Wrapping up the Acorn Harvest

Announcing our New Education Programs Manager

A Successful Acorn Harvest

Sacramento Shade program marks 25th anniversary

Fire Blight

Urban Wood Rescue

Urban Forest Assessment

NeighborWoods Project Receives Grant Funds

Planting Trees for Wildlife

$470,000 Grant Awarded for Plumas Lake Project

Evaluating Trees for Our Future Climate

The Future is Bright Green

Arbor Day Celebrations

Prune Those Trees!

Sacramento has a rich history of planting trees

Stonelake Community Clean Up!

Be Watershed Wise

Summer Leaf Drop

Tree grant to bear fruit for north Sacramento

Caring for Trees in our Mediterranean Climate

Greenprint Summit 2014

Trees and Drought

Can’t See the Forest for the Redwood

Sacramento urban forest makes Top 10 list

Sacramento's Camphor Tree

2012 Leadership Award

2011 Local Vision Award

Trees and Air Quality

Letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

2008 Environmental and Economic Leadership Award

2008 Best Urban Forestry Program

2007 Award of Excellence for Community Trees

2007 Citizen Group for Clean Air Award

2006 Regional Organization of the Year

2006 Oustanding Urban Forestry Project of the Year

2006 Gold Leaf Award for the Greenprint Initiative

2005 Gold Leaf Award

2005 NieighborWoods Award

2003 National Arbor Day Foundation Award

2003 National Arbor Day Foundation Award

How-To See all

Join our team!

Do you want to join a fun, inclusive, and impactful organization? We're hiring!

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Nominate a Tree Hero

Know of a local individual, organization, or jurisdiction who exemplifies outstanding accomplishments in tree planting, stewardship, or education? Got a great tree or grove of trees that deserves special recognition? Nominate these champions of our urban forest for the 2020 Tree Hero Awards! We'll close nominations on March 30 and recognize the winners at our annual Tree Hero Awards on May 27.

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Events See all

Save the Elms Program Community Scientist Training

Online

Saturday, April 25 10:00A - 12:00P

Join us for a virtual training session to learn how you can help save our remaining public elm trees! Our Save the Elms Program's (STEP) Community Scientists will be trained to monitor local elm trees for symptoms of Dutch elm disease (DED) over the summer using a mobile app.

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Save the Elms Program Community Scientist Training

Online

Wednesday, April 29 6:00P - 8:00P

Join us for a virtual training session to learn how you can help save our remaining public elm trees! Our Save the Elms Program's (STEP) Community Scientists will be trained to monitor local elm trees for symptoms of Dutch elm disease (DED) over the summer using a mobile app. 

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Save the Elms Program Community Scientist Training

Online

Saturday, May 2 10:00A - 12:00P

Join us for a virtual training session to learn how you can help save our remaining public elm trees! Our Save the Elms Program's (STEP) Community Scientists will be trained to monitor local elm trees for symptoms of Dutch elm disease (DED) over the summer using a mobile app.

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Save the Elms Program Community Scientist Training

Online

Wednesday, May 6 6:00P - 8:00P

Join us for a virtual training session to learn how you can help save our remaining public elm trees! Our Save the Elms Program's (STEP) Community Scientists will be trained to monitor local elm trees for symptoms of Dutch elm disease (DED) over the summer using a mobile app.

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Tree Hero Awards

Sutter Health Oak Grove

Wednesday, May 27 5:00P - 8:30P

Please join us for an evening of local food, wine, and music as we honor our Tree Heroes underneath the magnificent heritage oaks.

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Mar28

CANCELLED - Cordova Meadows Neighborhood & Taylor Park Planting

Rancho Cordova

Saturday, March 28 8:45A - 12:00P

**Event cancelled**

Join us in planting trees in the Cordova Meadows area of Rancho Cordova! The trees we plant will improve mental health, create more breathable air, and reduce negative health outcomes such as asthma and cardiac disease!

Mar30

CANCELLED - Arbor Day Planting at Sacramento State

CSUS Housing Quad

Monday, March 30 8:30A - 1:30P

**Event cancelled**
Join West Coast Arborists, the California Urban Forests Council, and the CSUS Community Engagement Center to plant 250 trees at Sacramento State!  Kickoff will take place at the Housing Quad on the north side of campus.
Apr4

CANCELLED - Planting at Land Park

Sacramento

Saturday, April 4 9:00A - 12:00P

**Event cancelled** 

Land Park has lost so many beloved mature trees to Dutch elm disease, and now it's time to replace that canopy to ensure that the park continues to be a shady, green oasis for all Sacramentans. Join us with the City of Sacramento Parks Division and the Land Park Volunteer Corps to plant 40 trees that will beautify this region and clean our air for generations to come.

Apr11

CANCELLED - Planting at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Elk Grove

Saturday, April 11 8:45A - 12:00P

**Event cancelled** 

Join us for a day of planting, nature viewing and fun at the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.