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.

Events

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)

Time: 6:15-8:15pm

Family Nature Night Photo

This is a free, public event. Please sign up on the Special Events page so we can estimate attendance numbers.


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)

Time:
Friday July 29, 5-8pm
Saturday July 30, 10am-2pm

Pollinator Photo

This is a free, public event. Please sign up on the
Special Events 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

Parking: Government House Park or available neighbourhood street parking

Time: 10am-2pm

Food Forrest Photo

This is a free, public event. Please sign up on the Special Events page so we can estimate attendance numbers.

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)

Plant the Zoo Photo

This is a free, public event. Please sign up on the Special Events page so we can estimate attendance numbers.

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.

Sponsors

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

Telephone

311

or 780-442-5311 outside Edmonton

Email citytrees@edmonton.ca