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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.


Arbor Day - May 13th
In Edmonton, Arbor Day is normally celebrated on the Friday prior to May 10. This year is an exception, with the event being held on the Friday after the 10th. On Arbor Day, over 500 Grade one students are invited to learn about trees and Urban Forestry. Did you know the tradition of Arbor Day was started by J. Sterling Morton in 1872?

Root for Trees Festival - June 4th
Every year in June, Tree Fest invites you to come plant trees to a live band, make a nature craft, peruse interesting exhibitors and children under 12 can register for the tree-athlon, the only race of its kind in Edmonton!

Pollinator Planting – July
Join us to support our native pollinators! Planting native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers creates habitat for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.

  • More details coming soon!

Food Forest - August
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!

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Plant the Zoo - August
Root for Trees and the Edmonton Valley Zoo team up to plant native wildflowers, trees and shrubs! You’ll have a howling good time!

  • Look for more details soon!

National Forest Week - September 20-24
Celebrate National Forest Week with Root for Trees! Enjoy the great outdoors and learn about the many benefits of the urban forest. Each day will be filled with activities for all ages.

  • Dates and Locations: TBA

Learning Resources

Arbor Day Teacher's Resource Guide

Canadian Forestry Association (CFC) Kids Corner
Interactive forestry themed online games - The Green Zone and Chutes and Log Jams.

Canadian Forestry Association (CFC) Teaching Kits
Provides educators with the tools to help young people better understand the value of forests and the importance of protecting and conserving them.

Dr. Arbor Talks Trees

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.

Guided Tree Planting

We provide you with and event facilitator and everything your group needs for planting. Book now.

Have Shovel Will Travel

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.

Planting on Public Property

The perfect tree starts with proper planting. Read our tree planting tips to help your trees grow bigger and safer.

School Yard Greening

The City of Edmonton and the school boards promote green initiatives including outdoor classrooms and gardens.

Free Mulch Program

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

Email citytrees@edmonton.ca