About the Program
Blue Water Baltimore’s Restoration Team plants and cares for new trees across our watersheds in a variety of spaces including streets, yards, parks, schools, stream buffers, residential properties and private institutions.
Thanks to the helping hands of many volunteers and partners, we have planted thousands of trees across the Baltimore region. We continue to water, mulch, prune and maintain hundreds of new trees annually. Our collective goal as part of the TreeBaltimore partnership under Baltimore City Recreation & Parks is to increase the local tree canopy to 40% coverage, which is recommended for a healthy city.
This work is possible due to the support & funding from many diverse sources including TreeBaltimore, Baltimore Gas and Electric, The Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, The Chesapeake Bay Trust, and The Maryland Department of Natural Resources among others.
Our team works closely with local faith groups and schools to address stormwater runoff, flooding, and conservation on their properties.
Trees make a big impact for clean water and healthier, happier communities.
Trees keep our waterways clean. Their canopies intercept and slow down rainfall. Their roots absorb and filter rushing stormwater that would otherwise create pollution problems in our waterways. Every tree makes a difference. By planting and caring for trees in our yards and public spaces, we can improve the health of our neighborhoods and environment.
Clean the air and protect human health
Keep our communities cooler and combat “heat islands“
Reduce energy bills
Increase property values
Support native wildlife
Keep our water clean!
All upcoming events can be found on our calendar.
Volunteer Tree Plantings
Our planting season occurs from April-May and October-November. Join us! We’ll provide the trees, tools & training. All ages & abilities are welcome to get your hands dirty for clean water.
Free Tree Giveaways
Each year, Blue Water Baltimore gives away 1,000 free trees to residents of Baltimore City and County. We offer a variety of native species ranging from understory flowering and fruiting trees to large canopy trees. Our goal is to increase the local tree canopy and biodiversity as well as to inspire residents about the many benefits of urban greening.
We are always looking for volunteers to help us give away the trees. We may also be available to host a tree giveaway near you. Contact us with a suggested venue.
For advice on how and where to plant your free tree, check out our How To Plant blog.
Tree planting is just the first step. We are dedicated to improving long-term tree survival and young trees need care! It takes about 2-3 years to establish a tree before it can survive on its own. Join us for seasonal tree care including pruning, mulching, watering, invasive species removal and installing protection from deer and mowers.
Become A Baltimore TreeKeeper