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An ode to our native oaks

Out of all the wonderful trees that make up our urban forest in Sacramento, native oaks hold a special place in our hearts. Ask any staff member what their favorite tree is, and chances are many will mention the valley oak. Native plants are trending, and for good reason – they are so important to our natural ecosystems. But native trees, and native oaks in particular, carry the biggest impact.

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How to Plant a Tree

Yes, there are right and wrong ways to plant a tree. By following our best planting practices, your tree will get the best start for a long and healthy life. Watch our planting video to see best planting practices in action.

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Choose the Best Tree for your Space!

Find ideal trees for your space by searching our Shady Eighty database for tree characteristics you’re most interested in! We created a list of the very best trees for our region and now you can easily search our online database for trees that meet your needs. Happy planting!

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Seed to Seedling registration

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Tuesday, October 26

The Seed to Seedling program is a fun, hands-on way to get kids involved with their natural world. It is a set of lessons for grades K-6 that focus on the natural and cultural history of California’s native oaks and the importance of our urban forest. These lessons are a perfect fit for every type of educator and educational setting: virtual learning, in-class learning, homeschooling, after-school programs, troop leaders, and community-based educators. Sign up by December 17 to get a free seedling-growing kit for your class.

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Oct29

Twisted Sale

Urban Wood Rescue

Friday, October 29 9:00A - 3:30P

Just in time for Halloween, come visit our Urban Wood Rescue yard for our annual Twisted Sale. Find deeply discounted wood that has small twists, cups, bows, and bends — all things that happen naturally during the drying process — meaning it just needs a little extra love! The sale will last from Friday 10/29 through Saturday 10/30, and the yard is open from 9 AM - 3:30 PM.