Tree Planting

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In previous meetings the Racial and Social Justice Team mentioned that we would like to partner with the Environmental Justice Task Force to volunteer and plant trees. The NJ Tree Foundation has announced the dates of their plantings in both Newark and Camden. The EJTF is planning to get volunteers for May 21 in Newark and May 7 in Camden.

We’re asking anyone who wants to volunteer to sign up individually with the registration form, (here for North Jersey, here for South Jersey). Note on the form that you are with UU, and NJ Tree Foundation will let me know which UUs signed up. You’ll note that there are limits to the number of volunteers they need at each site, so the sooner you sign up the better. Some of the sites are almost full already! Hopefully we’ll get enough UUs at each site so that we can also get to know each other and share why trees are so important from both an environmental and gun violence prevention perspective.

I’m including the entire calendar of plantings in case you want to volunteer but can’t make the dates we’ve chosen for UUs to plant as a group. Please note that the Trenton planting is closed.

Volunteer in North Jersey

To RSVP for a planting in North Jersey or for any questions, please contact Crystal Wessel at cwessel@njtreefoundation.org, or call 609-439-1755. All plantings are open to the public. You can also sign up using our Volunteer Registration Form

April 2 – Forest Hill, Newark – 12 trees – 25 volunteers

May 14 – Vassar Ave, Newark – 16 trees – 35 volunteers

May 21 – Norwood Street, Newark – 10 trees – 25 volunteers

Dates To Be Determined:

Cadwalader Park, Trenton

Palisades Park

Society Hill, Newark

Due to COVID-19, we have made a few changes to our plantings. A few things to keep in mind as we plan our spring season….

  • Please bring your own face covering if you are unvaccinated. Face coverings must be worn over the nose, mouth & chin at all times. We will have a few on hand in case you forget yours.
  • If you need a break from the mask, please walk 10 feet away from the group.
  • We will provide clean gloves for all volunteers.
  • We will do our best to social distance while planting. There will be times when a 6′ distance is impossible. If this makes you uncomfortable we completely understand. Please volunteer with us at a later time.
  • All tools will be sanitized before each planting event.
  • Please bring your own snacks and water. None will be provided this season.
  • Please stay home if you are feeling ill, are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or have knowingly been in contact with a person exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If these restrictions are not to your liking, please wait and volunteer with us next year when things hopefully return to “normal”!

Liandra Pires