This Tree Campaign is about more than putting trees in the ground. It’s also about engaging residents and public organizations to help nurture a greener community, a greener Ottawa, and a greener future together. Our Tree Campaign is an all-inclusive, inter-generational, community-centred legacy to expand and care for Ottawa’s tree canopy.

To realize this legacy we will Protect, Plant & Promote!

This spring and summer, Ecology Ottawa is embarking on our largest tree giveaway in Ottawa’s history! We have 15,000 seedlings that are looking for new homes.

  • COVID UPDATE: Unfortunately, we have had to cancel all Tree Giveaways and related volunteer activities that we had planned in April and early May due to the recent COVID restrictions. We are in the process of rescheduling those giveaways and will keep you updated as we know more.
  • Click here for the list of Tree Giveaway locations and dates. More are being added everyday so be sure to stay tuned!

You may be wondering, how on earth we are going to give away that many trees over the course of a few months?

We’re teaming up with dozens of amazing community partners who are co-hosting Tree Giveaways with us across the city. We’re partnering with community associations, local businesses, organizations, schools, faith-based institutions, and individuals to provide as many Ottawans as possible with tree seedlings to green up their neighbourhood.

In previous years, Ecology Ottawa has seen unprecedented demand for trees – residents are eager to green up the capital! However, it goes without saying that this year will look different because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Tree Giveaway events are being organized on a sliding scale this year – meaning they will be adapted based on the most up-to-date public health recommendations. Safety is our top priority, and these events will be set up for "curbside pick-up" until it is safe to gather.

We’re providing trees to individuals so they can plant them on private property. We’ve already worked alongside the City and other partners to ensure new trees are planted on public lands and rural private property. The next step in recovering from the Emerald Ash Borer crisis is to develop a robust and vibrant urban tree canopy.

Find out more information about some of the tree species we give away here.

Want to help make this year’s Tree Giveaway Season a huge success?

Here are some ways that you can contribute:

🌳 Interested in co-hosting a Tree Giveaway for your community?

Email our Tree Team at [email protected] for more information.

🌳 Have a community partner in mind that we should reach out to? Are there any local events in your neighbourhood you'd like to see us distributing trees at?

Email our Tree Team at [email protected] to let us know.

🌳 Want to help us distribute trees? Join our volunteer Tree Team!

Email [email protected] for more information.

🌳 Passionate about helping us distribute more trees across Ottawa?

Make a donation here

Thank you for your support! We would also like to thank our generous funders for making this program possible: the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Jim MacNeill family, Ontario 150 and the Community Foundation of Ottawa.

Together, we can help Ottawa become greener, healthier and more resilient!