School Tree Planting

Every fall and spring we plant hundreds of trees at public and private schools across the Capital area.  These School Tree Planting projects connect students to the benefits of trees and foster environmental stewardship. Casey Trees provides the trees and technical assistance for each project. We accept about 15 projects every season through our application process, and a Project Organizer, a teacher or principal, attend a project planning orientation several months in advance.

The School Tree Planting Process

The Drew Freeman Environmental Team gathers around the Tool Circle to hear welcoming remarks and a safety briefing. Students planted several fruit trees in the school’s courtyard that will be the foundation of a school community garden and nutrition program.

Project organizer(s) propose a planting site and locations for the trees. Projects must meet a canopy requirement of 60% shade trees and only 40% ornamental or understory trees. This requirement may be waved for fruit tree projects. Successful applicants work with our Youth Programs Coordinator to help select tree species and planting locations on the school campus and to develop a maintenance schedule. We provide support leading up to and on the day of the planting and all the required tools and trees.

Leading up to the event, students participate in a Casey Trees-led Tree Rally. Students learn the species of trees they will be planting, how to properly handle and plant the trees, discuss the value of trees. During the event, students serve as the primary planters giving them a sense of ownership and responsibility for the project. The school receiving the trees commits to watering them for a minimum of two years following installation.


Applications are accepted year-round. Those received by May 1st will be considered for the upcoming fall (October – December) and spring (March – April) seasons.
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