About

The Sacramento Tree Foundation is a community benefit organization working to grow thriving communities through stewardship of our urban forest. 

Since 1982, we have been building partnerships and empowering communities to envision the best places to live and invest in their urban forest. We do this by educating, advocating and lending support for tree plantings.

Why trees? Because...

Cool breezes grow here.

Shade trees shield our homes, roadways, and parking lots from the scorching summer heat. Shade trees can lower a household's cooling costs by nearly one-third - saving money while keep us comfortable. Homes with shade trees also have higher property values.

Healthy bodies grow here.

Trees and green spaces can improve our health. People are more likely to be physically active in neighborhoods where trees are plentiful. Areas with trees invite contemplation and recreation --essential for restoring our bodies and minds.

Friendships grow here.

Trees bring people together. They create social spaces where people gather and foster a sense of belonging. Neighborhoods with green spaces are tighter-knit, safer, and more livable.

Fresh air grows here.

Trees are nature's way of cleaning our air. Tree leaves absorb pollutants, produce oxygen, and make cleaner air for us to breathe.

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An ode to our native oaks

Out of all the wonderful trees that make up our urban forest in Sacramento, native oaks hold a special place in our hearts. Ask any staff member what their favorite tree is, and chances are many will mention the valley oak. Native plants are trending, and for good reason – they are so important to our natural ecosystems. But native trees, and native oaks in particular, carry the biggest impact.

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New drought campaign aims to avoid repeat of deadly lesson

New drought motto: Stress lawn, save trees

Surprising ways trees affect our health

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How to Plant a Tree

Yes, there are right and wrong ways to plant a tree. By following our best planting practices, your tree will get the best start for a long and healthy life. Watch our planting video to see best planting practices in action.

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Tree Hero Awards

Our annual Tree Heroes celebration is going virtual! Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 26 to celebrate one of Sacramento’s greatest visionaries, Ray Tretheway, and welcome our new executive director, Jessica Sanders.

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Seed to Seedling registration

Online

Wednesday, October 20

The Seed to Seedling program is a fun, hands-on way to get kids involved with their natural world. It is a set of lessons for grades K-6 that focus on the natural and cultural history of California’s native oaks and the importance of our urban forest. These lessons are a perfect fit for every type of educator and educational setting: virtual learning, in-class learning, homeschooling, after-school programs, troop leaders, and community-based educators. Sign up by December 17 to get a free seedling-growing kit for your class.

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Planting at Mirasol Village

Dos Rios

Saturday, October 23 8:45A - 12:00P

Join us to plant 26 trees in the new Mirasol Village Neighborhood Park and Community Garden. Your help planting these trees will create beautiful, health-promoting, and green community spaces where residents can gather, relax, exercise, and play.

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