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COVID-19 Update:

We will follow all CDC and DHEC guidelines for COVID-19. Face masks will be required at all tree planting events in Fall 2020. Face masks will be provided for those that arrive without one. To maintain social distancing, tree planting demonstrations will be capped at 20 volunteers. At some events, multiple volunteer times may be offered with separate tree planting demonstrations. All tools will be disinfected at the end of each tree planting event. All gloves will be washed after each use. No donuts or coffee / hot chocolate will be provided this season.

Volunteers must register to attend event. 

Please note: Since events will have a volunteer cap this season, contact us if you register but can no longer attend. Thank you!

 

Volunteer with TreesUpstate

TreesUpstate volunteers have helped plant over 8,000 trees in parks, schools, and neighborhoods throughout Greenville and Spartanburg Counties.  We plant trees most Saturday mornings in the winter between October and March.

Become a Volunteer Leader

Apply here to become a volunteer leader for our events- work behind the scenes with us to manage quality control, assist in tree planting demos, and bring the fun! We recommend you volunteer with us 5+ times OR take our community tree keeper class before you apply to be a volunteer leader.

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups

TreesUpstate works with groups of all sizes.  Contact Us if you’d like to schedule a volunteer event with your group. Our planting season is October – March, but we offer mulching and pruning projects throughout the year.

Corporate Sponsored Plantings & Volunteer Events

TreesGreenville has partnered with many of our Corporate Partners on Corporate Volunteer Events.  These include:  Michelin N.A., TD Bank N.A., GE Energy, Sage Automotive Interiors, Johnson Controls, Scansource, and Duke Energy.  If you would like to plan a Corporate Volunteer Event, please call or email Joelle Teachey (864-313-0765 / jteachey@treesupstate.org). Our planting season is October – March, but we offer mulching and pruning projects throughout the year.

FAQ’s

Do I need to register?  Yes, for the 2020-2021 season, registration is mandatory because of COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. A cap of 20 volunteers per time session will be enforced. Thanks for understanding!

Are volunteer events rain or shine?  Yes, we plant rain, snow, or shine. However, in the event of extreme weather (lightning, road closures, etc.) we will cancel with registered volunteers via email.

Can students volunteer to earn service hours for school / class?  Yes.  If you try to register for something that doesn’t have any more “tickets” left, email us.  Students are always welcome.  Someone will be there to fill out your paperwork.

What do volunteers do at the tree plantings?  We start every tree planting with a tree planting demonstration.  Volunteers learn the proper way to plant a tree through the International Society of Arboriculture. Prepare to dig holes with shovels and pickaxes, remove circling roots from the root ball with a saw,  fill wheelbarrows with mulch, and carry buckets of water.  If it rains close to or during the planting, expect to get muddy. Volunteers typically work in groups of 2-4.

Are the plantings family friendly?  Yes. Check the description of the event for any comments on safety or age requirements.

Do I need to bring anything?  If you have been prescribed an Epi-Pen for insect stings and bites, or an inhaler, please bring those.  It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. 

Do I need to bring tools and gloves?  TreesUpstate provides tools and gloves for everyone. We have kid-sized shovels and limited kids gloves.  If you bring your own tools (or your kids bring theirs), make sure they are clearly marked with your name.

Will there be snacks and drinks?  We strongly encourage you to bring water and a snack if you’ll need it. For the 2020-2021 planting season, we will not be providing snacks and drinks due to COVID-19.

Will I get a t-shirt?  If you volunteer for TreesUpstate’s Energy Saving Tree Giveaway or the Turkey Day Race, you get a shirt. After you plant 5 times, you earn a TreesUpstate Volunteer shirt- contact us to get your shirt if you’ve volunteered at 5 tree plantings!