Free Trees April 1 Deadline


Planting trees has been a traditional way to celebrate Earth Day since its beginning in the 1970s. Trees for Kids is offering free seedlings to schools across Iowa. Each school building may order one free custom packet consisting of 200 bare-root seedlings, 50 each of four selected species. Recipients must have trees planted before May 31, 2016.

Go to the DNR's Shade Tree site, scroll down and click on Trees for Kids Grant Application. Complete and return it by April 1, 2016. As a follow-up, you'll be asked to e-mail at least one photo of the trees being planted and a short paragraph indicating where and why they were planted. There are no other requirements to receive the free trees.

The Iowa-grown, native trees and shrubs are provided by the State Forest Nursery, and will do well in Iowa’s weather and soil extremes. Trees provide wildlife habitat, improved energy efficiency and water quality. They are vital hosts to pollinators and provide seasonal beauty to the landscape.

You can find TGG lessons to enhance your tree planting project on the following pages:

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