Plant Your Tree and Send in a Photo!

Hi! If you came to VeggieFest 2017 and got a free sugar maple tree (or 2 or even 3), please remember to plant it as soon as possible according to the directions we handed out (which are also on this website), then send a photo of it to:

Thank you so much for doing your part to plant a tree, clean the air, and cool the earth.

If you did not get your free tree yet, or you’d like another, check back here soon as we will be posting info on our next two Give-Away events soon. One will be in Sept and the other in Oct, 2017.

Up & Coming Tree Give-Aways

Although we ran out of trees to give-away at Veggie Fest, we will have more soon! Here are our next give-away events:


U.S. Bank Branch 1230 S Naper Blvd, Naperville, IL 60540
U.S. Bank Branch 1230 S Naper Blvd, Naperville, IL 60540

US Bank Branch
Sat am in September
(exact date tbd)
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1230 S Naper Blvd, Naperville, IL 60540

Look for us along the parkway.

Sandy and her puppy Callie giving away sugar maple trees at US Bank, Naper & 75th St Branch, Naperville, IL
Sandy and her puppy Callie giving away sugar maple trees at US Bank, Naper & 75th St Branch, Naperville, IL



Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Danada Fall Festival
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Danada Equestrian Center
3S507 Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL 60189. Free admission.

Come spend a fun-filled, leisurely autumn day outside surrounded by the red, orange, yellow, brown and green hues of autumn. This annual festival attracts thousands of visitors. Events include hayrides, equestrian demonstrations, barn tours, musical entertainment, children’s activities, food and more.

Info: 630-668-6012

Map of Danada Fall Festival 2017
Map of Danada Fall Festival 2017


Put Your Dot on the Map!

If you got a free maple seedling from one of the new a “Yard Displays” or “Road-Side Self-Service Stands,” you may not have registered online yet. But don’t worry, registering is quick and easy.

Here's an example of a "Yard Display".
Here’s an example of a “Yard Display”. If you have a shady spot in your yard that people will see, please contact me and volunteer your space.

Registration is important because it tracks where the seedlings are being planted and encourages others to join us.

When you register,  you get a chance to “put your dot on the map” and dedicate your little tree to someone or something special to you!

So please, click here and register, if you haven’t done so yet! It only takes a few seconds and it will really help a lot!


Sandy (aka “Sandy Maple Seed”)
Plant a tree and breathe easier!

Family Field Day at St James Farm – A Big Success

It was another beautiful day–full of sunshine, gentle breezes, shady trees, and about 5,000 families and kids. We found homes for about 200-300 more Sugar Maple seedlings!

We set up our booth in a picture-perfect spot in the shade of 2 large maples.
We had a picture-perfect spot in the shade between 2 large maples, right beside the trolley stop and across from the Port-a-Potties, so almost everyone came by eventually.   🙂

For this event, we managed to get some delightful photos of the kids and parents who took us up on our offer to plant Sugar Maples.

A big THANK YOU to each and every person or family who planted a Sugar Maple seedling! You guys are the BEST!

This map shows where people said they would plant. Click red text below for zoom-able,  interactive version with individual names.

Our volunteer tree planters came in many shapes and sizes, but one thing they all shared was a love of the world around them and a desire to make it better by planting a tree.

Click here to view an interactive version of the map.

When people said they would plant

Most people planned to plant their Sugar Maple seedlings within a day or two. This is good news since generally speaking, the sooner these trees are put back in the ground the better the survival rate.

So now, let’s get to the photos of the volunteer planters!

Looking at these happy faces, you almost HAVE to smile! Their enthusiasm is so contagious! Thanks again everyone!







Green Earth Plant Sale – Great Results!

Green Earth Plant Sale
An early morning photo of our booth at Green Earth Plant Sale. This event was held at the McDonald’s farm in Naperville which is where they grow delicious and fresh organic vegetables for their CSA members

This was the first “give-away event” this year and the weather was perfect!

We were able to find homes for about 100-150 Sugar Maple seedlings.

We’d like to sincerely thank Green Earth Institute and the Conservation Foundation for letting us attend. We encourage everyone to sign up for the organic veggies from the CSA and go healthy this year!

And special thanks to Rob McMillan of the Freeman Funding Group for helping at the event.

We Got “Computerize”

Instead of a paper sign up form, we used an online Google form that was pre-loaded into tablet at this event so people could just enter a zip code to show us where they planned to plant their seedlings. We learned some interesting things (see below)!

Planting Locations

We asked people where they were going to plant their trees.

Each blue dot on the map at right represents a zip code where at least one person said they would plant a tree.

Click here to see an interactive version of this map showing more info.  (How cool is that!)

Time to Plant

We asked people when they thought they would plant their trees, since this is an important factor in survival rate. Most people said within 1 and 2 days (the red and blue areas):

Expected Time to Plant

What Does This Mean?

These results are encouraging! The data we collected shows that:

  1. People are interested in and willing to plant large trees such as Sugar Maples even though they take a long time to grow and get quite large.
  2. The seedlings we are giving away are getting a wide geographical dispersal. They are not being clustered together in one local community near the event.
  3. The seedlings will most likely be planted quickly (within a day or 2) which enhances the chance of a successful transplant and long-term survival.

Note that this data is only from one event. However, when the data from previous years is entered, we expect it will be similar because we gave away seedlings at the same type of events last year.

So yes, these are encouraging results. After all, each of these trees can grow to nearly 100′ and live 100-150 years. And all that time, they are converting carbon dioxide to oxygen and filtering out many other air pollutants so we can all breathe easier. They are also doing a long list of other beneficial things for us!

Giving away Sugar Maple seedlings the old fashioned way, one tree at a time.

However, despite these encouraging results, there is still much work to do just to keep up with all the trees that are being cut down every day due to Emerald Ash Boar and other diseases, storm damage, natural aging, and the endless growth of civilization.

So, we’re making good progress, but we definitely keep going!