Camden TreeKeepers Workshops (2015)


Learn how to care for your newly planted trees!

Attend the NJ Tree Foundation’s Camden TreeKeepers Workshop series to receive the training, skills, and tools needed to care for your neighborhood trees. Free tools, educational materials, and dinner are provided at each session. Attend all three sessions to become a Certified TreeKeeper.

All sessions are held at the CCMUA at 1645 Ferry Avenue, Camden, NJ.
** Please sign up in advance – limit 25 people per session. **


Session 1: “Tree Maintenance – the Works!”
Thursday, July 16th from 5:30-7:30pm
Free hand pruners & watering bag

Session 2: “My Tree & My Watershed”
Thursday, July 23rd from 5:30-7:30pm
Free water conservation kit & moisture meter

Session 3: “What Do You See When You Look at a Tree?”
Thursday, July 30th from 5:30-7:30pm
Free pruning saw & Trees of NJ book


Sessions are free to Camden residents, employees, or volunteers that care for Camden trees. Workshops are beneficial to those who have adopted or will be adopting trees through the Camden Urban Airshed Reforestation Program.


You must sign up in advance. Register for one or more workshops by contacting Jessica Franzini of the NJ Tree Foundation at (856) 287-4488 or


2015 Camden TreeKeepers workshops are brought to you by the Watershed Institute and will feature a new and exciting watershed focus.

Download our TreeKeepers Workshop Flier

NJTF on Comcast Newsmakers

Check out our exciting spring planting projects happening in Camden, NJ in this Comcast Newsmakers feature!

Trees for Trails is a project made possible by the William Penn Foundation. Fruit tree projects in Camden are made possible by Campbell Soup Foundation and So Delicious. Rain to Roots is a project sponsored by the Environmental Leadership Program.

Camden SMART Forum: FREE Registration

Join the NJ Tree Foundation and the Camden SMART Team for the third annual Camden SMART Forum on Friday, March 20th from 9am-2:30pm!  Registration is free, food is provided, and the day will be action-packed with exhibitors, engaging panels, an amazing keynote speech, and Mayor Dana Redd’s Sustainability Address!

Camden SMART Forum InviteWho should attend the forum? Environmental leaders, community groups, non-profit organizations, green businesses, government officials, concerned citizens, and anyone else interested in solving flooding and stormwater management issues in their towns with green and grey infrastructure techniques.

Registration is free and can be done at

FREE Camden Street Trees: Apps Due Jan. 31

The NJ Tree Foundation is working on two amazing tree planting projects in Camden, NJ! Both projects offer opportunities for Camden residents to adopt FREE street trees in front of their homes.

tree2Trees for Trails is an exciting project that will plant 75 trees and 300 perennials along the Camden Greenway! The Camden Greenway is part of the Greater Philadelphia’s regional trail network known as the Circuit, which will have over 650 miles of trails upon completion. Please click here for a list of streets/communities in Camden that are eligible for FREE trees through this project. Click here to apply for trees. This project is made possible with the generous support of the William Penn Foundation

image0Rain to Roots is an innovative pilot project that will demonstrate the value of enhanced tree pits in urban communities! This project will plant 6 trees total – 3 in standard tree pits and 3 in enhanced tree pits. The enhanced tree pits will absorb up to 10x more water than a standard tree pit, which will help reduce flooding and combined system overflows while helping the trees grow strong. The NJ Tree Foundation is looking for a Camden school, park, or non-profit facility with wide sidewalks (8’+) and a building set at least 20′ back from the street. Click here to apply for trees. This project is made possible with the generous support of the Environmental Leadership Program and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

The application deadline for both projects is January 31st, 2015. Questions about these projects can be directed to Jessica Franzini of the NJ Tree Foundation at (856) 287-4488 or

FREE Fruit Trees for Camden Gardeners

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Attention, Camden* gardeners: Whether you grow food in a community garden or in your backyard, you could be eligible for a FREE fruit tree (or trees) in the spring of 2015!

Trees are free of charge to Camden residents in exchange for your commitment to water and care for the tree(s). They provide fresh, healthy food. The NJ Tree Foundation will teach you to care for and harvest your fruit trees.

Don’t delay! Fruit trees are first come, first served and our supply is limited. Please complete the Fruit Tree Application (on page two) and return it via postal mail, email, or fax to:

Jessica Franzini, Program Director
Phone: (856) 287-4488
Fax: (856) 422-2601
PO Box 1221, Camden, NJ 08105

*A limited number of trees are also available for Pennsauken and Gloucester City residents.


Featured Fall Forestry: Greening Cities

Camden and Newark are now a shade greener, thanks to our fall planting events in both cities! With our local partners and hundreds of outstanding volunteers, we muscled big 10-15′ trees into the ground every week from late September to mid November. Check out what we accomplished this fall:

10153746_10152971425688273_3702409694166077820_nCamden Urban Airshed Reforestation Program
230 new trees
357 volunteers
9 planting events
5,400 trees total since 2002

Newark Renaissance Trees Program
65 new trees
118 volunteers
4 planting events
2,034 trees total since 2006

With tree canopy coverage estimated at 5.2% (Camden) and 7.8% (Newark), we know there’s still plenty of tree planting work left to do. Please consider using the Jersey Give Back Guide to donate to the NJ Tree Foundation to help plant trees in NJ’s most urban communities, where the need is the greatest.


Trees for Trails: The Circuit, Camden

Have you heard of The Circuit, an extraordinary trail network connecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey? When complete, it will provide pedestrian and bicycle access from the Appalachian Trail to the Atlantic Ocean! If you live in Camden, chances are that parts of The Circuit touch your community. From North Camden’s Erie Street to Cramer Hill’s Harrison Avenue to the soon-to-be-opened Gateway Park along Admiral Wilson Boulevard, there are pieces of The Circuit throughout Camden, and this network of trails is known locally as the Camden Greenway.

The NJ Tree Foundation is proud to kick off our Trees for Trails project with the support of the William Penn Foundation! This exciting project will plant 75 trees and 300 perennials in Camden along the on-street interim trail network connecting green spaces and existing trails. We’ll also host two exciting trail awareness events (more info coming soon!) and release an Opportunity Analysis of Gateway Park, exploring ways to best manage and enhance the park’s forest.

Want to experience The Circuit yourself?
Visit Connect the Circuit‘s website and plan a trip today!


Burlington County Tree Planting

photo-9Moorestown Rec. Field
Bridgeboro and Westfield Roads
Friday, September 19th
Tools and refreshments provided.
Volunteers welcome!
For more information, please click on the flier to the right or contact Jessica Franzini at or
(856) 287-4488.

This project is made possible with support from IKEA.

Camden’s Fruit Tree Farmers

On June 12th, the NJ Tree Foundation and 32 Camden residents gathered at Bridge of Peace Church for the first-ever Fruit Tree Farmer workshop held in the City of Camden! At this session, made possible by the Campbell Soup Foundation, farmers learned how to properly hand-thin, stake, prune, harvest, and prevent problems with their fruit trees. In addition, Fruit Tree Farmers mingled, shared stories from their gardens, and went home with lots of amazing give-aways, tools, and educational materials.

photo-48CSF_LogoWith support from the Campbell Soup Foundation, we will have planted 50 fruit trees in Camden in 2013-2014. Species planted have included serviceberries, peaches, apples, pears, plums, nectarines, figs, persimmons, and crabapples. Thank you to the Camden City Garden Club for connecting us to incredible farmers and to MAFCO and United Water Camden for donating mulch and offloading services at fruit tree plantings.