Q: What Does Tree-Plenish Do?
A: We help student leaders plan annual tree-planting events to replenish used resources and offset their school’s paper usage. We support these student leaders by providing them the resources needed to unite their communities behind our cause. Our ultimate goal is to promote sustainability and raise awareness about the environment.
Q: What is Tree-Plenish's mission?
A: Our mission is to create more sustainable schools by replenishing the environment with the trees that we use to supply the many sheets of paper used in school every year. We hope to empower communities and their student leaders to enact meaningful environmental change.
Q: Why is Tree-Plenish’s mission important?
A: Trees play a vital role in our lives by providing us with air, filtering greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, and providing monetary value through increased property value and reduced energy usage. Through hosting tree-planting events, we hope to raise awareness about the value of trees and contribute to maintaining a healthier environment.
Q: How can I help?
A: Members of a participating community can volunteer at their local event by planting a tree or purchasing a tree to plant in their yard. Students can choose to host their own event or join a student-led initiative that is already hosting an event. In addition, anybody can support us by donating or sponsoring an event.
Q: Can this event be done during the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: Yes! Because schools are not able to have in person activities, we think that this event is the perfect project for students to do during COVID. All the planning for the event will be done virtually in the fall and winter. Tree-planting events will be held outside in the spring. Social distancing and mask wearing will be required. Volunteer groups are small (2-3 people) and are normally friends/family (so they have already been in contact with each other).
Hosting an Event
Q: Who can host an event?
A: In order to achieve our mission of leveraging the power and passion of youth, we would like students to lead their own Tree-Plenish events. Other community members may certainly help organize these events, ideally with students involved.
Q: How do I start a project in my community?
A: Visit our “Host an Event” page and click on the “Interest Form” button. This will lead you to the Interest Form that you can fill out. Once that is submitted, we will contact you to set up a call to explain the process in more detail and give you next steps to get started.
Q: What am I expected to do as an event host?
A: With support from the Tree-Plenish Team, you will determine the logistics for the event (ex. school’s paper usage, event date, etc), market it to your community, and ensure everything goes smoothly on the day of the event.
Q: When do I host the event?
A: All in person events are hosted in the spring (the optimal planting season for bare root seedlings). All planning and marketing is done remotely in the fall and winter.
Q: Does hosting an event cost money?
A: Not at all! We will handle all the financial aspects of this event, including ordering the trees for your event and collecting money from residents that request trees. We will provide you with all the supplies that you need to carry out an event.
Q: Besides financially, how will Tree-Plenish support me in my efforts to host an event?
A: The Tree-Plenish team is much like a group of mentors here to support you every step of the way. We have an amazing marketing team that can help you create marketing materials. We will regularly check in with you via Zoom calls, and you can reach out to us anytime you need additional help.
Q: Do I need to host an event through my school?
A: No. While we know that this can be a great project for an environment club to take on, you do not need to be part of a club to host an event. You can do this on your own or with a group of friends. While you will need to work with your school to find your school's paper usage, you do not need to host a school-sponsored Tree-Plenish event. The event can be conducted independent from the school if you wish.
Q: If I host an event, can I get volunteer hours?
A: Yes. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, so we can sign off on volunteer hours and be used as a reference.
Q: How do I figure out how many trees need to be planted?
A: Contact your school’s Main Office. They will be able to tell you how much paper was ordered the past academic school year. (Note: They will probably give you the amount in reams. Each ream is 500 sheets of paper.) Each tree produces 10,000 sheets of paper. Using this information, you can calculate how many trees need to be planted based on how many sheets were ordered.
Q: Where should the trees get planted?
A: We think the easiest and most community driven option is to have residents of the community request trees to be planted right in their yard. However, other options include working with your school administration to have trees planted on your school campus or working with town officials to plant in parks and other public areas.
Q: What types of trees should we be planting?
A: Some considerations for choosing trees to plant include making sure the trees are native to your area or are well-suited to your local environment. We have compiled a list of trees for you to choose from. From that list, you will pick 2-3 trees that work best in your plant hardiness zone and are native to your region.
Q: How do I request a tree?
A: Visit our “Find An Event” page. Select the state you are in. Then select the high school that is closest to you. You will be directed to that high school’s event page, where you can find the Tree Request Form. In this form, you can request a tree to be planted in your yard on the day of the event.
Q: How do I volunteer to plant a tree?
A: Visit our “Find An Event” page. Select the state that you are in. Then select the high school that is closest to you. You will be directed to that high school’s event page where you can find the Volunteer Sign Up Form. This form is where you sign up to volunteer to plant trees on the day of the event.
Q: How can I sponsor an event?
A: Visit our “Sponsors” tab to check out the various sponsorship tiers and see how you can support our endeavors. Thank you so much for your interest in supporting our program!
Q: How can I donate to Tree-Plenish?
A: You can donate by clicking on the Donate button on our homepage (located right underneath our mission statement). Your support is much appreciated!