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We are now accepting applications for Spring 2021 Tree Planting and Tree Giveaway events from official National Wildlife Federation partners. Click here to apply.

Tree planting

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Wildlife Federation remains committed to helping our partners safely plant trees to benefit communities and wildlife. For Spring 2021 our application requires a commitment from local partners to follow federal, state and local health guidelines, and provide a detailed description of the measures that will be taken at local events to keep volunteers and participants safe. The deadline for applying for Spring 2021 events is Friday, February 26, 2021.

Applying for Free Native Tree Seedlings

The National Wildlife Federation provides free native tree seedlings to partners who in turn plant them through local restoration projects or community tree giveaway events. Tree giveaway events typically involve distributing seedlings to individuals (often students) that will plant the trees and care for them at home.

National Wildlife Federation partners must have a plan to care for the trees after planting. Partners include National Wildlife Federation affiliates, Eco-Schools USA, Schoolyard Habitats®, and Community Wildlife Habitat. Through this effort, the National Wildlife Federation and its partners are creating wildlife habitat, connecting people (especially kids) with nature, and educating students and citizens about the critical role trees play in our communities for both wildlife and humans.

Plan Your Event

The National Wildlife Federation has a Tree Planting and Tree Care Guide that will help you figure out how to (1) plan your event, (2) run a successful event, and (3) care for the trees after the event.

  • Where to Plant: assessing your tree planting site (Tree Guide, page 6)
  • What to Plant: identifying what type of native trees are best for your site (Tree Guide, page 14)—we also recommend consulting with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, where you can look up native trees by zip code.
  • When to Plant: determining the best time of year to plant (Tree Guide, page 10)

Need inspiration from completed projects? Get ideas from these tree planting event summaries.

Resources for Approved Projects

Here you will find several resources for your tree planting or giveaway event.

Hosting an Event and Planting Your Trees:

  • How To Plant a Bare Root Tree Seedling (Tree Guide, page 16)
  • Tell the Press About Your Event
  • Share Photos on Social Media, Including Our Flickr Page

Caring for Trees:

  • Watering, Mulching, Tree Shelters (Tree Guide, page 16)
  • Tree Care Tips (Tree Guide, page 18)
  • Tree Care Calendar


Tree planting events are the perfect opportunity to engage children and youth in environmental education lessons and activities.

Resources for Tree Giveaway Events:

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More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. The National Wildlife Federation is on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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