Since 1976 Tree Trust has been bringing people together to create positive, lasting changes in their lives and in their communities. We do this because we believe there is a need - now more than ever - for us to actively engage in preserving a quality of life beyond our own lifetime. And we believe that amazing things happen when people connect with one another and the natural world. Every day Tree Trust is investing in a better future. We work in partnership with young people and adults to improve their lives and transform the green landscapes of our communities.
From Minneapolis and St. Paul to the suburbs to rural Minnesota, we're leaving lasting improvements in your parks, nature areas, schools, neighborhood spaces, community agencies and backyards.
Projects like staircases and retaining walls control erosion. Removing buckthorn gives native plants a chance to thrive. Creating trails and boardwalks make our parks more accessible and enjoyable. Building LEED-certified houses conserves energy and natural resources. Planting thousands of new trees each year and removing dead and diseased trees preserves and protects our community forest.
Job-trainees develop skills to take to their next job. Youth spend the summer working hard in their communities. Young adults find direction while learning a trade. Parents connect back into the workforce. Students develop an ethic of environmental stewardship. Volunteers connect with each other and their local environment.
provided job training and employment for 32,000 young people and 10,000 adults
completed hundreds of park maintenance, landscaping and construction projects
planted 72,000 trees and shrubs in schools, parks and community areas
increased awareness and educated 115,000 students, teachers and community members about the importance of trees and green spaces to the health and vitality of a community
Tree Trust is recognized nationally as one of the leading nonprofit organizations that involves diverse urban populations in employment, community forestry and environmental programs. Since 1976 we have:
Tree Trust offers many programs. Our programs serve and transform the lives and landscapes of Minnesota. We connect people with the natural world, the workforce and each other.
Learning with Trees Program
The Learning with Trees program is designed to set up schools with comprehensive, sustainable environmental science programs that transform school grounds into living laboratories for experiential learning. Schools around the state implement environmental education into their school curriculum, form Green Teams and create sustainable outdoor learning areas on their grounds. Their students gain hands-on experience with the natural world when they plant trees together and watch them grow. Youth develop an ethic of environmental stewardship to take with them as they grow, and they leave behind an outdoor learning space for future classes to experience.