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Root for Trees

Edmonton needs more trees! We want you to help us plant more trees to double the size of our urban forest.

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 annually on public and private land.

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.

Although some ornamental trees are planted through our volunteer program, planting native species (naturalization) is a large focus of Root for Trees. Learn more about Naturalization.

Corporate Team Building Opportunities

Tree Planting Events - Guided
Give back to your local community by planting trees. We can host planting events for 15 to 100 people. 

Have Shovel Will Travel - Self Guided
We supply trees and a place to plant. Go plant with your team when it's convenient for you. No facilitation needed.

Commemorative Tree Program
Buy a tree to be planted in a city park to recognize a great employee or corporate milestone.

Planting on Public Property
Beautify a corner of the city by landscaping it with your team. Let us know what you want to do, and we’ll let you know if it's ok.

Register the trees you plant using this interactive map.


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!

  • Check back for more tid-bits!

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

Community Tree Planting Programs

Guided Tree Planting Program
We invite all groups to plant trees with us! A facilitated program complete with trees, shovels, and one of our Planting Hosts.

Have Shovel Will Travel - Self Guided
Want to do a small tree planting project? We have supplies to help with your independent event. Great for younger kids.

Free Mulch Program
Not only will mulch help retain moisture in your landscape, but we are offering it free!

Planting on Public Property
Beautify a corner of the city by landscaping it with your group. Let us know what you want to do, and we’ll let you know if it's ok.

Commemorative Tree Planting
Plant a tree in a city park to recognize a person or event.

School Yard Greening
Interested in an outdoor classroom at your school? Consider a School Yard Greening project.

Root for Trees Matching Grant
Want to complete a tree planting project but need more funding?

Register the trees you plant, search for trees or find Eco Benefits using this interactive map.

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.

For More Information

Root for Trees



or 780-442-5311 outside Edmonton

Email citytrees@edmonton.ca