Join us for Earth Week Blitz April 18-24, 2021


April 1- April 19 - Earth Day Art Contest

Open to all kids grades K-12
In celebration of Earth Day, Trees Forever is hosting an art contest! Show off your best tree artwork. This year’s theme is “What Trees Mean to Me,” whether it’s your favorite tree or one you have a fond memory of, show off your tree-inspired work! More information and submission link here


Sunday April 18, 1:00-4:00 p.m. - Residential Tree Adoption Pick-up, Marion

Marion Residents Only
*Pre-order pick-ups only* Marion residents, adopt a tree for your home today! Online orders will be accepted until April 16 at 3:00 p.m. or sold out. Limit two per household. Orders must be picked up at Lowe Park on Sunday April 18, from 1-4 p.m. Order here


Monday April 19, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Big Trees of Iowa Webinar

Trees Forever is pleased to feature Mark Rouw presenting on Iowa's Largest and Tallest Trees. Mark is known as the Big Tree expert in Iowa. He has walked many a forest, woodlot, and old farm grove in pursuit of the largest and tallest trees in Iowa. Join us for a fascinating and awe inspiring journey into the life of some of the biggest trees in Iowa. Register here


Monday April 19, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Sustainable Living: Urban Gardening Webinar

Join Matthew 25 as part of their seven-part series where they talk about different ways to lead a more sustainable life, from sustainable shopping, saving on energy bills, to gardening tips. The Green Iowa AmeriCorps team will host different topics for discussion and will occasionally bring in special guests. More information and registration


Tuesday April 20, noon - 1:00 p.m. - Tree Chat on Zoom

Join us for Tree Chat, your opportunity to get up to speed on all things trees and forests. This informal Q&A is intended to answer all your questions about trees, prairies, seedlings and everything under the sun! Register here


Tuesday April 20, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Stream Clean-up – McLoud Run

*Weather permitting* Join the Green Iowa AmeriCorps members serving at Trees Forever as we clean-up our local waterways! Trash bags and gloves will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Dress for the weather. Registration is not required, but is recommended so we can account for how many people will be in attendance. Register here


Wednesday April 21, 9:00 a.m. - noon - Volunteer at Prairiewoods Spirituality Center in Hiawatha

Join volunteers at Prairiewoods for a fun- filled morning of woodland and prairie restoration at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center! Every week they meet at this time to get things done with the help of volunteers but this week is going to be very special! You will be learning about, planting, nourishing and caring for their new young Oak Saplings.


Wednesday April 21, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Tree-via Night

*Pre-registration required* Join Trees Forever and Lion Bridge Brewing Company for a unique TREE-via night. Test your tree knowledge! Celebrate your Earth Week with us by supporting local tree plantings and learning more about the benefits of trees. The winning table will have their beer tab comped at the end of the night (up to $80, courtesy Lion Bridge Brewing Company). Register here


Thursday April 22, 10:00 a.m. - noon - GreenState Seedling Giveaway, Cedar Rapids

Come grab your free seedlings at GreenState Credit Union, 1400 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids and start your spring planting! 


Thursday April 22, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Greening the Grove GreenState Seedling Giveaway, Iowa City

Enjoy live music and free seedlings at Big Grove Brewery, 1225 S Gilbert St, Iowa City and start your spring planting!


Thursday April 22, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Give a Hoot About Owls, Toddville

*Pre-registration required* Give a hoot about owls and their woodland habitat! Unravel their mysterious lives when you join Trees Forever and Linn County Conservation Naturalist, Chuck Ungs at Wickiup Hill Learning Center to discover why trees play an important role in owl habitat, and then learn how to call an owl. View wings, talons, owl pellets and more. A portion of the program will start in the classroom, and then we will head out on the trail to try and call in some owls. Dress for the weather. This activity is for ages 10 and older. Register Here


April 22 through April 24 - “Where’s Woody?” Scavenger Hunt – Cedar Rapids, NewBo and Czech Village (during business hours)

Explore the downtown Cedar Rapids area, support local businesses and have fun! Trees Forever is hosting a ‘scavenger hunt’ with local businesses from Thursday, April 22 through Saturday April 24. Visit participating businesses and see if you can spot Woody, our Trees Forever mascot! Once you find him in each location, take a selfie with him and post it on Instagram or Facebook using #WheresWoody and tag us @trees_forever. Those who find all of the Woody’s will be entered into a raffle, where we will choose five lucky winners to get a free tree and some Trees Forever swag! More info here


April 24, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Visit us at NewBo!

Come hang out with Trees Forever staff at the NewBo City Market as we close out our three-day long scavenger hunt and EarthWeek Blitz extravaganza. Learn more about the Trees Forever mission, our Green Iowa AmeriCorps members and test your tree knowledge with our tree-via wheel!