The Sacramento Tree Foundation is a community benefit organization working to build healthy, livable communities in the Sacramento region by growing the best urban forest in the nation. 

Since 1982, we have been building partnerships and empowering communities to envision the best places to live and invest in their urban forest. We do this by educating, advocating and lending support for tree plantings.

Why trees? Because...

Cool breezes grow here.

Shade trees shield our homes, roadways, and parking lots from the scorching summer heat. Shade trees can lower a household's cooling costs by nearly one-third - saving money while keep us comfortable. Homes with shade trees also have higher property values.

Healthy bodies grow here.

Trees and green spaces can improve our health. People are more likely to be physically active in neighborhoods where trees are plentiful. Areas with trees invite contemplation and recreation --essential for restoring our bodies and minds.

Friendships grow here.

Trees bring people together. They create social spaces where people gather and foster a sense of belonging. Neighborhoods with green spaces are tighter-knit, safer, and more livable.

Fresh air grows here.

Trees are nature's way of cleaning our air. Tree leaves absorb pollutants, produce oxygen, and make cleaner air for us to breathe.

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2018 California Arbor Week Celebrations!

Thanks to the passion and gusto of a tree-lover named J. Sterling Morton, Arbor Day was first celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872 by planting an estimated one million trees! Since its inception in the 1800’s, Arbor Day has been celebrated around the nation as a day to plant and care for trees. How does Sacramento celebrate? Let us count the ways...

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Winter Tree Tips

A Growing Partnership

Top 5 Evergreen Trees

How-To See all

Plant a Tree

Learn the answers to these questions:

  • How wide should I dig the hole when I plant shade trees?
  • How high above the soil level should the top of the root ball be?

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Choose the Best Quality Tree from a Nursery

There are advantages to selecting good quality nursery trees. Good quality trees are more likely to survive post- planting, establish more quickly, and live longer in the landscape.

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Events See all

Planting Leader Orientation

Sacramento Tree Foundation Office

Thursday, March 22 6:00P - 7:30P

Join our team of Planting Leaders in growing and protecting the best urban forest in the nation! At this orientation, you'll learn about our mission and programs, how to effectively lead volunteers at tree planting and care events, and what being a Planting Leader for habitat restoration or urban tree planting projects involves going forward. Planting Leaders commit to supporting at least 1 event per month October through May. For more information about the Planting Leader program, visit http://sactree.com/PL

You must have volunteered at a tree planting or care event to be eligible to attend the orientation for Planting Leaders.

Join Us

NeighborWoods Planting at Abraham Lincoln Elementary

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, Rancho Cordova

Saturday, March 24 8:45A - 12:00P

The City of Rancho Cordova has prioritized increasing its tree canopy because trees provide wide-ranging benefits that directly and positively impact its residents. The City of Rancho Cordova and the Sacramento Tree Foundation have identified Countryside as a community that would benefit from the addition of trees and began the process by transforming Countryside Park with 26 beautiful new shade trees in Fall 2017. This March, we will continue to beautify the neighborhood and we hope that you will join us as we bring new shade trees to Abraham Lincoln Elementary and individual homes throughout the community.

Please arrive at 8:45 AM to check in so we can get started right away at 9 AM.