Community Tree Planting
How Community Tree Planting Works
Community Tree Planting positively impact lives, communities, and the environment for years to come. The value of planting locally grown Wisconsin native trees increases exponentially when you involve people of all ages from the community.
Few things in life create a more positive impact than planting locally grown native trees with members of our community.
What We Do
Provide tools and knowledge. During these tree plantings, kids and adults alike are taught:
- To value and respect native plants and trees, what makes a tree native
- How seeds are collected locally from select trees in our region
- The benefits of planting trees from our local ecotype
How It’s Done
By guiding an immersive planting process, participants learn through active participation. Planting steps include:
- Finding the root flare
- Proper hole depth
- The importance of compacting while backfilling
- Straightening a tree with three people
- Creating a perfect mulch ring to divert water back to the tree
- Discussing future care and water requirements
The Future. Making the process all-inclusive and kid-friendly is a must!
- Kids are assigned different steps during planting so everyone has a chance to get their hands dirty in one or multiple steps of the process.
Highlights From Recent Projects
Waukesha County Parks
JNI donated (21) native trees for this project in a mixture of sizes #2-#20.
Waukesha County Parks staff along with numerous volunteers planted over 300 trees in honor of Arbor Day 2022 at Minooka Park. Over 50 registered volunteers, in this event that reach capacity for volunteers, assisted park staff in the planting of 21 trees and shrubs.
Read the full press release from Waukesha County.
College Park Elementary
Highland View Elementary
Greendale Middle School
Greendale High School
100 trees – #5 gallon size
Prairie Hill Waldorf School
6 apple trees
#10-gallon size material
Retzer Nature Center
Planted during sustainability fair with community members
#5-gallon size material
Forest Exploration Center
Collaboration with Wudeward Urban Forest Products and HGA
#5 to #25-gallon size material
Spinnaker Pond Restoration
Partnership with City of Port Washington, Lakeshore Natural Resource Partners, Stantec, and the community
#5 and #10-gallon size material
(4) #5 Cherry Trees
(6) #10 Peach trees