The PHS Tree Tenders® program offers hands-on tree care training in the five-county Philadelphia region. The training covers tree biology, identification, planting, proper care and working within your community. Established in 1993, PHS Tree Tenders has trained thousands of volunteers who plant and care for trees throughout the region. Nothing can top the in-class training, but click here to read the PHS guide titled Organizing a Community Tree Planting.
Available for ISA, PA LA, Act 48 and PLNA credit. Given the nature of the training and the evening hours, the course is not appropriate for children under 16.
Pre-registration is required. Click here for a list of upcoming sessions of PHS Tree Tenders.
The PHS/Tree Vitalize Planting Program supports neighborhood volunteer tree planting. Tree Tenders groups in Philadelphia that are willing and able to organize a neighborhood volunteer tree planting event of at least 10 trees are invited to apply. PHS will supply the trees and pavement cuts. Submitting an application does not guarantee your group will receive trees. Eligibility and selection criteria are described below. Funding for seasonal plantings is limited. Send completed applications, along with signed property owner tree request forms by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2013 to:
PHS Plant One Million
100 N. 20th St., 5th flr
Philadelphia, PA 19103
To be eligible to apply for trees you must:
If approved, your group will receive:
Tree Tenders groups planting for the first time should send a representative to our Organizing a Tree Planting Training.
Plant One Million is a regional partnership led by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) with a goal to plant one million trees throughout 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The goal is to restore the “tree canopy cover”—the area of land shaded by trees—in the Greater Philadelphia Region to 30 percent. TreeVitalize is a program launched by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in 2005 to increase tree canopy in urbanized areas. PHS is the lead partner for TreeVitalize in southeastern Pennsylvania.