Looking for a small but impactful way to help in the fight against climate change, and green your community over a weekend? Volunteer to plant trees with the Sierra Club! Our Tree Team plants native trees in sidewalks all around Oakland. As these trees grow, they help to improve air quality, sequester carbon, and improve the environmental conditions of our neighborhoods. Many of the beautiful large trees you see along sidewalks are a result of organizations like the Sierra Club, and we still have so much more to do. No experience is required, but volunteers should be ready to do some digging and get a bit dirty.
What: Planting trees along sidewalks and streets in Oakland for homeowners or business-owners, and sometimes at schools or parks.
Who: You! Bring your friends and/or make new ones. No experience is needed. You should be able to lift 30 pounds (half the weight of a new tree). Wear closed-toed shoes, clothes that you can get dirty, and a hat for sun protection; bring your own water and a snack. We'll provide the shovels, picks, brooms, and gloves. If you are bringing a minor, please let us know.
How: Dig a hole, take the tree out of 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 peek at the guide here from our friends at Trees for Oakland: http://www.treesforoaklandflatlands.org/plant-a-tree.html)
Where: Meet at our staging area in the parking lot of Epic Charter School, near Fruitvale BART. The trees will be in other places around town, so please be on time so we can meet before we disperse.
We can plant in light rain, but if we decide to cancel because of heavier rain, we'll announce it here by 8am.
For more information or to join our email list, contact us at [masked].
If you are lost or running late, call or text Soo-Rae at[masked]