Where to Donate Trees in Your Community


In celebration of Earth Day this past Monday and Arbor Day Friday, we’re discussing where to donate trees in your community (and beyond!) Whether you choose to donate trees in someone’s honor or you wish to beautify a favorite outdoor space, donating a tree is a great way to give back.

Below are some types of organizations that could benefit and how to find them!

National Forests

“Protecting America’s backyard,” is the National Forest Foundation’s motto. So when you donate trees to a national forest, the sense of community remains.

For every $1 you give the National Forest Foundation’s “Tree for Me” program, they will plant one tree on a national forest.

Local Parks

Contact your town or city’s parks department. The city of Chicago has a particularly strong dedication to parkland. It’s official motto is, “Hurbs in orto,” latin for, “city in a garden.”


An arboretum is a collection of trees that is preserved, and often open to the public to enjoy and learn about. An arboretum can also be a botanical garden that includes other types of woody plants.

Arboretums offer opportunities to donate trees. And your decision to donate trees means you’ll provide food, shelter, oxygen, shade, and other sustainable resources.

To find an arboretum near you, search the Better Homes and Gardens database.

If you’re in the Chicago area, check out Zealous Good for where to donate other types of in-kind items including, appliances, furniture, and computers. Click here to submit your donation and we’ll find a charity that can benefit


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