Trees for Schools

Trees beautify our schools, provide environmental benefits, and even improve our students’ academic performances. That’s why Friends of the Urban Forest is collaborating with the San Francisco Unified School District and the Mayor’s Office of Greening to plant new trees in and around San Francisco schools. You can get a tree in your schoolyard or on the sidewalk.

To apply for trees at your school, contact Jasmine Lim at 415-268-0773 or jasmine@fuf.net.


Requirements for new school tree application:

  • List a 3-person tree care team committed as “caretakers” for 3 years after planting
  • Caretakers’ commitment to keep trees watered 20 gallons a week per tree for the first 3 years, especially during the summer
  • School’s commitment and understanding to contact FUF anytime they have questions about their tree
  • Answer the following questions:
    • How can I keep my trees watered for the next 3 years?
    • What are the closest water sources near my new trees?
    • If I am no longer at the school, who can replace me as a caretaker?
    • Is there natural occurring asbestos where my trees might go?
    • What are the existing underground utilities that may interfere with tree planting?
    • What nearby student activity may damage the young tree?

Trees for Tomorrow costs:

  • $175* per tree includes:
    • concrete removal if needed
    • tree species consultation
    • annual tree visits for the first 3 years
    • water bags
    • protective mesh screen

*The full cost for planting a tree is $500. $175 is the subsidized cost based on annual funding opportunities.

To apply for trees at your school, contact Jasmine Lim at 415-268-0773 or jasmine@fuf.net.

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