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Plant trees in Oakland!

Start your weekend off right by planting trees with us in Oakland!  If you're looking for some physical activity with a civic and environmental component, this is it.

** Note that we've also added an afternoon shift, starting at 1pm. **

Volunteers from the San Francisco Bay Chapter have been helping Oakland continue its public tree-planting program since early 2010. We have planted more than 1,900 trees so far.

What: Planting trees along sidewalks and streets in Oakland, for homeowners, business-owners, schools, or parks.

Who: You! Bring your friends or make new ones. No experience is needed, and we also welcome people who aren’t Sierra Club members. You should be able to lift 30 pounds (half the weight of a new tree).  Wear closed-toed shoes, clothes that you won’t mind getting dirty, and a hat for sun protection; bring your own water and a snack. We provide the shovels, picks, brooms, and gloves.

How: Dig a hole, remove the tree from its pot and put it into the ground, backfill the soil around the roots, and sweep the sidewalk clean. (Don't worry; we'll teach you whatever you don't know - or take a peep at our guide here:

Where: Meet at our staging area in the parking lot of Epic School,[masked]th Avenue, above the railroad tracks but below East 12th Street.  This is near Fruitvale BART.  The trees will be in other places around town, so please join us for our orientation and safety briefing here first. 

When: Saturday morning, 9 am to about 1 pm.

For more information or to join our Tree Team mailing list, contact Derek Schubert, Tree Team lead, at [masked].  If you are lost or running late on Saturday, call or text[masked]-2452.

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  • Teresa

    Hi. I planted last Sat. Great fun even in the rain! Would it be okay for me to bring my 6 year old on the next tree planting? I will drive and depart if need be, but he expressed an interest in planting trees to save Mother Earth.

    November 27

    • Derek S.

      Yes, he can join us if you are watching him the whole time. A 6-year-old is probably too young to be a productive part of the crew (since digging a hole and moving the tree takes more size and strength), but encouraging kids to be more connected with nature is good.

      5 days ago

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