Our Plant a Tree program will take place in Tennessee on April 20, 2024. Our goal is to distribute 20,000 trees, so participants can plant the trees in their yard and improve our environment and communities.
This is a great community service project opportunity for churches, scout troops, and other organizations, and individuals. For businesses this can be a great way to attract new customers on a Saturday morning. There are two ways to participate as a volunteer.
1. Pickup Location Leaders: Your organization or business can be a Pickup Location Leader and Host a pickup site either at your location, or a nearby park or public space you have reserved.
2. Volunteers: You or your group may volunteer to help at a Firestone Complete Auto Care location near you. We will be publishing a list of sites soon.
NOTE: IF YOU ARE AN INDIVIDUAL LOOKING FOR TREES TO PLANT IN YOUR YARD, WE WILL BE SENDING INFORMATION ABOUT ORDERING TREES SOON - PLEASE SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL LIST HERE TO GET UPDATES.
Here's a quick overview of the the program:
If you or your organization is willing to be a Pick Up Location Leader and host a pickup site, following are the requirements, please read carefully before you sign up. If you are volunteering at a Firestone Complete Auto Care location, these are NOT requirements, but you are welcome to help with some of these responsibilities. Your only requirement is to show up on the day of the event. We may also offer training sessions specifically for Pick Up Location Leaders and for Volunteers who plan to work at Firestone Complete Auto Care locations.
Supplies needed day of event:
Ready to sign up? Register here.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at the email below.
If you are a Pickup Location leader hosting a pickup site, you will be required to provide all information related to your pick-up location. The name, contact information and location you provide will be published to the public on our website along with the pickup date and time.
We hope you will join us for this historic effort as we reforest Tennessee and improve the environment one native tree at a time. This work also supports our work planting trees near Roadways, Waterways and in other public and private spaces.
I went to pick up my trees and some of my trees are missing.
If you are missing any trees please fill out this form. If there is a way to get your trees to you, we will do our best to find it! We will be in touch with you soon with next steps.
I missed my pickup. Can I get my trees?
If you missed your pickup for any reason please fill out this form. If there is a way to get your trees to you, we will do our best to find it! We will be in touch with you early the week of 4/23 with next steps.
I picked up my trees and don't know which species is which
The species can be hard to distinguish - that is why it is important to mark them when you pick them up. We have a few pictures posted here along with more information about each species. You may also plant the tree in a pot until it produces leaves, which will help you identify the species before planting it in the ground.
How do I plant my tree?
Here is information about the trees and how to plant them. If you did not call 811 to avoid underground utilities, or if you are unsure of where to plant it, you may want to plant your tree in a small pot or container until you are ready to plant.
I'd like information about Crabapples, Redbuds, Dogwoods, Wild Plum, and/or Deciduous Holly.
Here is some information about the trees species. You can also do a Google search for specific information. If you are unsure of where to plant your tree, you may want to plant your tree in a small pot or container until you are ready to plant.
Did you order Redbuds?
Due to a shortage at the nursery - anyone who ordered 2 or more Redbuds will receive 1 less Redbud than ordered and that 1 tree will be replaced with 1 Crabapple tree (both species are "understory" trees that tolerate shade and do not grow as tall as "overstay" trees). We apologize for this situation, while this possibility is spelled out in the program guidelines, we know this can be disappointing.
I'd like to share pictures of my trees
Please plant your tree and post pictures on social media with #plantatreefortn and please tag Green Interchange. We'd love to see you and your trees!
DAY OF EVENT INFO:
What if the weather is bad?
This event will happen rain or shine. Only if there is extreme weather such as torrential rain, severe lightening/thunderstorms, tornadoes, etc, will we consider rescheduling and will try to reach out to you via email.
Where is my pickup location?
The pickup location for Murfreesboro on 4/29 is the Kroger on Lascassas. We will be in the parking lot from 11am-1pm. Click here to find the exact pickup location addresses for 4/22. There have been a few location changes as follows: If you reserved trees for pickup in Hermitage you will be picking up in Nashville at Canvast Supply on Trinity Lane. If your pickup location was Mount Juliet you will now be picking up in Lebanon at Don Fox Park, and if your pickup location was Memphis on Madison Ave. your pickup location is now the Firestone on Austin Peay Hwy in Memphis. We apologize for any inconvenience. ALSO if you are picking up at Shelby Park in Nashville please note there is a Marathon and there may be some road closures. See map map below for the best route if you are not coming from East Nashville.
What if I can't pickup on Saturday 4/22 or 4/29 ?
Please ask someone to pick up your trees on your behalf if you can't make it. This is a one-day event run by volunteers. We do not have a physical location or another way to get trees to you. If you don't pick them up on April 23, you may not get your trees. Scroll down for more information on what to do if you miss your pickup.
What if my trees aren't at the site?
Make sure you go to the right pickup location.Pickup sites are run by volunteers so please contact us if there are any issues.
Bring your own bag to keep tree roots moist until planted!
Pickup sites will NOT have bags for your trees. Bring one plastic bag to cover the roots for each different species you ordered. The plastic bags used at a grocery store checkout or in the produce section are the perfect size. You can fit roots for up to 10 trees in one plastic bag. If you do not go straight home after pickup - bring some paper towels or newspaper, moisten with water, and cover the roots before putting in the bag. If the roots dry out, the trees will not survive. Please mark each bag with the species name so you can tell them apart when you go to plant them!
The map below is for those picking up in Nashville at Shelby Park
Get trees to plant in your yard. Planting trees is one of the most important things you can do to make a difference for our air, land, water, and communities. Learn how you can reserve trees for pickup on 4/2 in Georgia (or on 4/22 in Tennessee) and help us to plant 12,000 trees for Earth Month!
By reserving trees here, you agree to the following: