We’re all doing Earth Day 2020 from home this year, and if you’re looking for ways to make a global impact while social distancing, The Arbor Day Foundation has your answer: Plant trees.
With Earth Day on April 22 and Arbor Day 2020 on April 24, it’s a good week to become a member of the largest nonprofit tree-planting organization for just $10 — and receive 10 free trees that’ll thrive in your local climate.
Here’s what you do:
To get trees, sign up for an Arbor Day Foundation membership, starting at $10.
An Arbor Day Foundation membership helps support the tree-planting and advocacy efforts of The National Arbor Day Foundation, and it comes with free trees.
Choose from a 6-month membership at $10 or an annual membership at $15 — or become a “Contributing Member” for $25/year. Either way, you get free trees.
Enter your zip code to select from trees that will thrive in your climate.
On the sign-up page, you’ll be able to enter your zip code before you can choose the types of trees you want. These types vary based on where you live.
For example, a Boise, Idaho zip code offers 10 River Birch Trees, while a Northwest Georgia zip code doesn’t offer that. But the Georgia zip code offers 10 Eastern Redcedar Trees (and the Boise area doesn’t). Some other categories that tend to pop up include:
- 10 Flowering Trees
- 10 Autumn Classics
- 10 Wildbird Garden Trees
- 10 Oak Trees
- 10 Tree Mix
Don’t want or need 10 trees on your property? Have them planted in a rainforest.
While you can choose to get a membership with “no trees shipped,” there are better options! Members can choose to have 10 trees planted in a rainforest or 10 trees planted in a deforested area in the U.S. You can also sign up for the 10 free trees membership and have your trees sent to someone else to plant.
Wait for the trees to arrive, but get access to other perks right away.
Shipping wait times have increased during coronavirus, with some states even suspending the shipping of bare-root products for the time being. Based on where you live and the tree planting schedule, your trees could arrive in weeks or months — but there’s a handy guide to help you know when to expect your trees.
In the meantime, membership comes with some additional perks.
Besides the 10 free trees, members receive The Tree Book, which has more than 500 pages of information and photos about tree planting and care. They also receive the Arbor Day newsletter and discounts on more than 100 varieties of trees. Contributing Memberships also get the 164-page What Tree Is That? field guide.
Plant your seedlings when they come.
Yes, these are actual trees — seedlings. The National Arbor Day Foundation ships trees based on optimum planting seasons in your region, so once the saplings arrive, they’re ready to go in the ground. The seedlings come with planting instructions, so you’ll be adequately prepared.