Root for Trees
Root for Trees is an enhanced tree planting initiative which intends to increase tree planting within the city through continued partnerships with corporations, individual residents and community groups. The annual target of this initiative is to plant an additional 16,000 trees.
Whether you participate as a family or individual, school, community group, or business, you can make a difference. Celebrate trees at our special events, and participate in our tree planting initiatives.
Family Nature Night - July 13
The City presents Family Nature Nights in partnership with Nature Alberta's Young Naturalists Club and the Alberta Science Network. Root for Trees joins Family Nature Nights with an evening of whimsical entertainment! Costumed interpreters will lead groups through an interactive hike and retelling of a forest fable. Nature crafts and tree planting activities will also be available for the whole family.
Location: Gold Bar Park (10955 50 St NW)
Do you know all the benefits of trees and why they are so important? Join Root for Trees and Nature Alberta for an evening of whimsical entertainment! Costumed interpreters will lead groups through an interactive hike and retelling of a forest fable. Enjoy making your very own nature craft! While you learn all about the benefits of trees, you can join Root for Trees in a tree planting activity available for the whole family. Please remember to wear sturdy shoes, come prepared with water, insect repellent and your enthusiasm! Family Nature Night will run rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, the program will be cancelled and notification will be posted on the Facebook page.View the complete summer schedule for Family Nature Nights events. Free family fun!
Pollinator Planting – July 29 and July 30
Join us to support our native pollinators! Planting native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers creates habitat for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
Location: Terwillegar Recreation Centre (2051 Leger Road)
Friday July 29, 5-8pm
Saturday July 30, 10am-2pm
This is a free, public event. Please sign up on the page so we can estimate attendance numbers.
There are many insects that visit flowers. Worldwide, there are as many as 300,000 different species of insects. When you think of pollinators you may imagine honey bees or fuzzy bumble bees buzzing around flowers collecting nectar and pollen. With 970 different species of bees in Canada alone, they are the major pollinators in Canada and around the world! Who are the other pollinators? Butterflies, Moths, Flies, Wasps, Beetles, Ants, Birds and Bats are all pollinators!
Imagine living in a world without flowers, fruit, coffee, and chocolate! Thanks to the wonderful work of pollinators, you don’t have to! Join Root for Trees to plant native trees, shrubs and wildflowers for the Pollinator Planting event. Learn more about these beneficial garden friends. All planting events will run rain or shine. Only in the event of extreme weather, the program will be cancelled. Please remember to wear sturdy shoes, come prepared with water, insect repellent and your enthusiasm!
Food Forest - August 13
A food forest is a self-sufficient perennial planting of native, food producing trees and shrubs. Learn about Edmonton’s urban forest, plant a tree, and plant an edible forest!
Location: Mackinnon Ravine
A food forest is the planting of native, food-producing trees and shrubs that is self-sufficient and comes back year after year. Learn about Edmonton’s urban forest, plant a tree, and enjoy the fruits of your labour!
A wide variety of berries can be found in the ravines and valleys throughout Edmonton. The City is striving to make those plants more accessible such as saskatoons, high bush cranberries, currents, gooseberries, pin cherries, and more! Edmonton’s third annual Food Forest is on the grow! Join Root for Trees to help double the urban forest as well as increase food security and urban agriculture.
Plant the Zoo - August 26
Root for Trees and the Edmonton Valley Zoo team up to plant native wildflowers, trees and shrubs! You’ll have a howling good time!
Location: Edmonton Valley Zoo (13315 Buena Vista Road)
Time: 10am-2pm (Meet at the Zoo entrance at 10 am)
Edmonton Bio Kit
A colourful workbook of engaging activities for families to learn more about the richness of nature in Edmonton.
One Simple Act School Toolkit - AB Gov
Provides grades 1-6 teachers with the tools and resources to have students to personally commit to 1 of 10 simple acts that protect the environment.
We provide you with and event facilitator and everything your group needs for planting. Book now.
This self-guided tree planting event is for small groups, families or individuals.
Many organizations support Root for Trees through donations, sponsorship and tree planting.
The perfect tree starts with proper planting. Read our tree planting tips to help your trees grow bigger and safer.
The City of Edmonton and the school boards promote green initiatives including outdoor classrooms and gardens.
The City of Edmonton is happy to provide woodchips free to citizens for their yards.
For More Information
Root for Trees
or 780-442-5311 outside Edmonton