4-H Million Trees
4-H members, families, project groups, community clubs, afterschool clubs, school enrichment programs and camps are invited to participate in 4-H Million Trees. The project was conceived after a Pacifica (CA) 4-H member decided to do something to combat global climate change.
The vision is for 1,000,000 new trees to be planted by 4-H youth across the United States and Canada to offer numerous benefits:
- Native trees will add beauty and heritage to urban, suburban and rural communities across the nation
- Local air quality will improve
- New trees absorb runoff and bring groundwater to the surface
- Shade from these trees can help cool buildings, reduce air conditioning electricity needs and eliminate pollution and carbon emission associated with this power generation
- Greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel combustion will be offset by absorbing and sequestering about 48,000,000 million pounds of atmospheric carbon dioxide per year
- New trees replace trees lost to deforestation worldwide
- 4-H youth learn they make a difference and can change the world both individually and as a group
Enrollment and reporting
The national 4-H Million Trees program has an online registration form. We need an accurate accounting of the number of trees planted and a listing of those individuals, clubs or groups that participate in 4-H Million Trees. Please complete the online registration and report the number of trees planted. We want to know who from Missouri 4-H have participated. Please do this step, otherwise you won’t be counted.
Where to get trees
- Local nurseries, lawn and garden businesses
- Arbor Day Foundation (12 seedlings free with annual membership of $10)
- Missouri Dept of Conservation, George O. White Forest Nursery (seedlings)
- Missouri Department of Conservation
- 4-H member or group must register online with 4-H Million Trees
- On the seedling order form write (or attach a cover sheet) that states “Requesting free trees that will be used in the 4-H Million Tree Project”
- First come, first served, so order early! (Order by January or February)
- Forest ReLeaf of Missouri
- Project CommuniTree: Free 3-gallon trees for planting on public or not-for-profit land in Missouri.
- Project ReLeaf: Reduced-cost trees (5–10 feet tall in 15-gallon containers) available each spring and fall for planting on public or not-for-profit property.
- Priority ReLeaf: Free grant-funded trees available each spring and fall for planting on public or not-for-profit property in financially underserved communities in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.
An agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation allows 4-H members and groups to receive seedling trees at no cost.
Free or reduced cost larger trees at Forest ReLeaf of Missouri
Where to plant trees
- In your backyard
- On your own land
- A rural neighbor's land
- In a city park, along a city street, public conservation area, school grounds or other public owned property (requires working with local authority)
When to plant
Tree planting may take place any time. Late winter or early spring is an ideal time to plant trees. The middle of the summer is not a good time, but whenever you are able to plant is the right time.
Special dates for tree planting activities:
- Missouri Arbor Day: first Friday in April
- National Arbor Day: fourth Friday in April
- National Earth Day: April 22 every year
- Local Earth Day: may vary from the national date
Arbor Day Foundation
These websites have been chosen by 4-H faculty for their educational content. No endorsement of products is given or implied. Please contact us if you find a broken link or other problem.
- Backyard Woods Guide
- MU Extension publication G5006, Before You Order Tree Seedlings
- MU Extension publication G5008, How To Plant Forest Trees
- MU Extension publication G6800, Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees
- MU Extension publication G6805, Selecting Landscape Plants: Flowering Trees
- MU Extension publication G6850, How To Plant A Tree
- MU Extension publication G6900, Tree Placement On Home Grounds
- MU Extension publication G6910, Landscape Plantings for Energy Savings