February 7

7 Places to Donate Trees in Indianapolis

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Everyone wants to do something for the good of the world. In Indianapolis, there is no better way to not only give back to the world, but your hometown, than by donating trees. They are a great donation item because they beautify us, provide cleaner air, and provide happiness to everyone who sees them. When you are thinking about doing some good for the world, consider donating trees to any of these sources

1. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Photo Credit: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Photo Credit: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is a great resource for anyone who wants to quickly and easily donate a tree to neighborhoods or schools. There are a ton of options, from simply sending money to the foundation to actually getting your own team together to plant trees of your choosing from over 75 different species of trees. It is also a great way to remember those you love and have lost, because there is an option to affix a plaque to the tree.

Visit their website today to find out how you too can help Keep Indianapolis Beautiful – whether you create your own team, join one already in progress, or just spread the news that they exist.

2. The Indiana Tree Project

Photo Credit: The Indiana Tree Project
Photo Credit: The Indiana Tree Project

Another option that comes at the state level is the Indiana Tree Project. According to the website, “By donating just

$10 to plant a tree, you will help wildlife, prevent soil erosion, support our state’s largest agricultural industry, and help bring back natural beauty to our state.”

This foundation gives you pretty many choices as well when it comes to species. Since this is more statewide, you might not be able to visit your tree, so they found a way around that as well. You will be able to get regular updates about how your tree is growing – a great way to include children in your donations.

With only $10 in donation required, check this one out today.

3. Indiana University

Photo Credit: Indiana University
Photo Credit: Indiana University

At Menchhofer, we spend a lot of our time researching and reading up on the newest information on trees, pests, and even techniques for taking care of them. Indiana University is one of our go to resources for that information. However, it isn’t only for us that what they research is important. The university, which produces some of the best scholars in the world, uses donated trees to help solve many of the world’s problems.

According to their website, they are looking for Sugar Maple, Serviceberry, River Birch, Redbud, Dogwood, Hawthorn, Gingko, Spruce, Red Oak, White Oak, Bur Oak, Bald Cypress and Hybrid Elm trees. This is a great resource for locals who support the college, alum of the college, or just anyone who is looking to positively impact the state of Indiana.

4. Trees Indiana

In a world where our children are constantly connected to their phones, computers, and video game systems, it is

Photo Credit: Trees Indiana
Photo Credit: Trees Indiana

important to impart the wonder of nature into them. Trees Indiana is a youth group of sorts that teaches children about the importance of nature.

According to their website: “The TreeKeeper program is designed to provide a safe, supportive atmosphere for youth to participate in urban forestry service-learning experiences. The TreeKeepers will be educated on the urban forest,experience structured and unstructured outdoor recreation in the woods, and take action in tree plantings while becoming stewards and guardians of their community forests.”

This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to make an impact for years to come.

5. Arbor Day Foundation

Photo Credit: Arbor Day Foundation
Photo Credit: Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation isn’t Indiana or Indianapolis exclusive, but it is a very good organization to consider when you are donating money. The Arbor Day Foundation encourages all Americans to remember what is so important about trees and why we have to take care of them.

They work extensively to replant our nation’s forests, replace trees that have been destroyed by natural disasters, and even work with individual communities to get trees installed in neighborhoods.

The best part is that if you get started with this organization early, you can really grow with it.

Check this one out if you are considering helping a town you no longer live in, want to encourage Urban Forestry, or just because you stand by what they do.

6. Christmas Spirit Foundation

Photo Credit: Christmas SPIRIT Foundation
Photo Credit: Christmas SPIRIT Foundation

This one is a little different from the others in that it isn’t to donate trees to be planted necessarily (though that is an

option as well), but instead it is a way to donate Christmas trees to those who wouldn’t have on – from needy families to the troops.

They’ve been doing great work. According to their website, “Since 2005, more than 157,000 free, farm-grown Christmas Trees have been provided to troops and military families in the United States and overseas through Trees for Troops. Thousands of trees are donated by American farm families and the public, and FedEx delivers these trees to more than 60 military bases in the U.S. and overseas. FedEx has logged more than 573,000 ground miles for the Trees for Troops program.”

For only $40, you can supply a family with a Christmas tree and help to add just a little bit of Christmas spirit to the families of those who are fighting for you.

7. Tree People

Photo Credit: TreePeople
Photo Credit: TreePeople

If you’ve been into any city lately, you may have noticed that there aren’t all that many trees anywhere. Tree People focuses on LA, but they are hoping to expand to many other cities so that everyone can experience a greener life. While this one doesn’t donate to Indianapolis, it is a great grass roots organization that is doing good things – and hopefully will inspire others to do great things in the future as well.

Not only that, but Tree People is also a great organization that inspires young scholars to work with trees – something that has been falling by the wayside lately.

Help Yourself

Taking care of trees in your own yard is just as important as getting trees to others. Without proper care, trees can actually cause more damage than they can good – from falling on homes and cars to knocking over wires, your trees pose a hazard.

At Menchhofer Tree Care, we help keep you and yours safe by providing the best possible tree care – from pest removal to removal. Contact us today to get started on doing a little donation to your own backyard!

Header Photo Courtesy of Wayne Forest Service on Flickr!

Menchhofer Tree Care

About Steve Menchhofer

Steve Menchhofer has been caring for the trees of the Indianapolis, Indiana metro area for over 40 years. Steve and his team of experienced, certified arborists are members of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Indiana Arborist Association.

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  1. Hi, my name is Shannon Priddy. I work for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. I was given your website as a reference about donating for trees. I want to clarify KIB’s memorial tree donation policy. I have included the website above.
    Thanks for sharing us with your customers. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance in the future or answer any questions.

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