Trees for Schools

People planting a tree at a school

Planting at the Cleveland Elementary School in the Excelsior neighborhood, March 2012

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. We call the program “Trees for Tomorrow.”

Requirements for Trees for Tomorrow:

  • A 3-person tree care team committed as “caretakers” for 3 years after planting
  • Caretakers’ ability 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?

Trees for Tomorrow costs:

  • $175 per tree includes:
    • concrete removal
    • tree species consultation
    • 1st year & 3rd year pruning
    • water bags
    • protective mesh screen

To apply for Trees for Tomorrow, contact Jasmine Lim at 415-268-0773 or

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