Every fall and spring we plant trees on public, public charter, and private school campuses. Students serve as the primary planters which allows them to take ownership of the project and responsibility for the trees. The students also participate in pre-planting activities that connects them to the benefits of trees.
Planting trees on a school campus will:
- drastically improve the aesthetic appearance of the grounds making the campus more inviting to students, parents, faculty, and the surrounding community.
- provide shade to cool down hot recreation spaces.
- create outdoor classroom space that can be used as a teaching tool.
How it Works
Interested applicants should propose a planting site and locations for ten or more trees.
Successful applicants work with our Youth Programs Coordinator to help select tree species and planting locations and to develop a three year post-planting maintenance schedule. We provide support leading up to and on the day of the planting, and all the required tools and trees. Project Organizers are expected to attend a project planning orientation several months in advance.
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 and 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 three years following installation.
School Tree Plantings take place in the spring (March through May) and fall (October through December) only.
Applications are accepted year-round. Those received by May 1st will be considered for the upcoming fall (October – December) and spring (March – May) seasons. We accept approximately 15 projects per season.