Free Trees for Schools

Learning to care for something.

Learning to care for trees.

Free Trees for Students – Teachers must place the order

Check back here in March 2018 to place orders. ChariTree will again offer free trees to teachers for children at Canadian schools, Canadian Camping Association campers and we plan to offer trees to children in Zambia again in 2018. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to watch for ChariTree to announce when we are open for schools and camps to order trees in March 2018.

Ask your teacher or principal to email with your school name and mailing address during that window and not before as this is a small charity run by one person in her free time pro bono. Minimum school orders of 200 trees are required.  Your school will be mailed coniferous seedlings, most likely white spruce, we can’t guarantee delivery dates but the trees will be mailed out one week after your order is received.

If there is a tree farm near you to supply local seedlings for $1/seedling or less, ChariTree is happy to purchase them for your students. Send an estimate of local, non-gmo tree seedlings and executive director, Andrea, will pay for them by credit card. Once paid, you can pick up the seedlings and start planting with your students.

As a participating school, you agree to:
• Email Andrea at and attach at least two photos of students holding or planting trees as well as a comment about your tree project. Andrea needs this information to satisfy her donors that their contribution is being used wisely and assists her in seeking future donations. (Schools that do not meet this obligation will forgo the opportunity to access free trees in future years).• pick up the seedlings from your local tree farm and email me ( promptly to acknowledge the receipt of the trees.
• plant trees with students within two weeks
• when they plant their Wish Tree kids can make a wish for the world. Email me or enter some or all of your students’ wishes here — so we can send out their Wish Tree wishes to the world. (We only use the students’ first names) :
• Water and care for the seedlings– and tell your students the great work they are doing by planting trees and explain why we love and need trees.

Graduation Trees

Planting a Graduation Tree and eventually a Graduation Orchard featuring graduation trees from flower childvarious years is a wonderful way to honour the graduating class and give kids a feeling of connection to their school even after they have gone. They can return to visit their tree and see how it has grown – just as they have grown since heading out into the world.Once ordering season opens (March-April 2017), have your teacher or principal contact to request a tree. The ChariTree Foundation has a budget of up to $80 per tree. We prefer schools to purchase local, native, non-gmo trees but will fund fruit trees if requested.


For more information on Andrea Koehle Jones and the ChariTREE Foundation see


2016 tree orders are now closed.  Thousands of free seedlings have been shipped to children across Canada. Thanks to all the TREE-mendous teachers and camp staff who requested trees for their students and campers. Thanks so much for taking your classrooms outside , teaching kids the value of trees and the importance of caring for something. Thanks for all your creative and thoughtful ways to help kids connect more with nature – we couldn’t have done it without you.

ChariTREE is a super-small registered charity and it depends on generous corporate sponsors and donors to fund trees for kids. We would like to do this again next year so send in your photos of students and their trees, leave a positive comment on our facebook page – this will help ChariTREE get more donors so we can give even more kids a tree of their own. : )

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“Planting a tree teaches children a sense of wonder and how to care for something. It’s about caring what happens to the world as a whole.” – Andrea Koehle Jones, Charitree’s Founder and Executive Director.


Writing about trees

The Wish Trees Book

Inspiring and uplifting, The Wish Trees is rooted in the idea that every child can help make the world a better place.