NeighborWoods Program

Greening North Texas Neighborhoods and Communities

Program Overview

The NeighborWoods program includes a variety of community projects and plantings in collaboration with community members, homeowner associations, civic groups, businesses, corporations and local city governments. Together, we form partnerships committed to improving our neighborhoods and communities by planting or replacing trees in public spaces.

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NeighborWoods Goals

The goal of the NeighborWoods program is to provide opportunities for individuals and organizations to put down roots in their communities by planting trees, which benefit the community at large in many ways. These benefits include:

  • Increasing the overall tree canopy, which will lower energy costs, improve air quality, absorb rain water runoff and sequester carbon, and reduce the overall Urban Heat Island.
  • Enhancing the beauty of public spaces to attract people outside and be active, while also increasing property values of communities.
  • Providing shaded areas for recreational use and gathering spaces to create a sense of community and improve connectivity with nature – thus reducing stress and improving overall quality of life.
  • Bringing communities together through unified teamwork and environmental stewardship to plant and maintain trees – resulting in greener, cleaner, and healthier neighborhoods built by invested individuals and organizations.
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Program Approach

The Texas Trees Foundation works with individuals, homeowner associations, and organizations to determine the best approach for a NeighborWoods planting. Together, we discuss what the goals are for the planting along with the logistics of the event and necessary materials to determine the scale and feasibility of the project.

Once the planning and logistics are finalized for the tree planting project, we coordinate with the individuals and organizations involved to host a tree planting event were people and/or employees come out and volunteer to plant trees! In addition to the goal of planting trees to benefit the local community, the Foundation also emphasizes education. Meaning we teach the NeighborWoods volunteers how to properly plant trees and give them the education and skills to continue planting trees!

NeighborWoods Examples

Check out some of our previous NeighborWoods projects that we’ve completed with our partners, local city governments, homeowner associations, and many others!

Together with the City of Plano and a multitude of valued partners and sponsors, like National Fish and Wildlife FoundationFedExVerizonCapital One, Harley-Davidson Financial Services, and Alliance Data, we had several planting events over the years at Bob Woodruff Park in both the north and south areas to serve park guests while they exercise and enjoy the park.

In efforts to combat the urban heat island effect, Texas Trees Foundation partnered with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to plant trees in the Oak Cliff community to help cool the community.

As part of our NeighborWoods program, we were able to plant over 100 trees at Jubilee Park & Community Center in our most recent planting with help from groups like Uchi Dallas, Seminole Club of North Texas, Lakewood Service LeagueMoody’sCelanese CorporationSMU‘s alumni group, and current students as part of The Big Event at SMU 2019, and many other helping hands from other groups and individuals!

Planting more than 50 trees at Running Bear Park in Irving was no sweat for the incredible team of volunteers from VerizonHilton Anatole Dallas, and the City of Irving employees. A special thanks to Groundwork Dallas for digging the holes in preparation for our volunteers.

Interested in NeighborWoods?

Interested in joining an existing NeighborWoods project, or want to schedule a project of your own?
Contact us in advance to join or schedule a project during our planting season between September – March/April.

Phone – (214) 953-1184 or Email at info@texastrees.org.

Additional NeighborWoods Videos