Newark’s 1st Community Plant Swap

Join us at Washington Park on Saturday, September 8th for Newark’s 1st community Plant Swap event. The NJ Tree Foundation has partnered with the Washington Commons Conservancy, Trust for Public Land and Greater Newark Conservancy to organize an event for gardeners and folks looking to grow a green thumb. Bring a plant from your yard to trade in for something new!

There will be educational workshops on transplanting, seed harvesting, native plants and beekeeping – all free! This event is open to all residents and friends from the surrounding communities. The event begins at 1pm and will end with a plant swap at 3pm. There will even be a table with some freebie plants for all of the new gardeners! Come and enjoy a Saturday with us in one of Newark’s beautiful and historic downtown parks and get to know your gardening community!

Together, we can grow a greener Newark!

Recognizing Exceptional Volunteers: Spring 2012

Every season, the NJ Tree Foundation is honored to work with 100’s of selfless, dedicated volunteers and residents who are all passionate about the same thing – trees! Through our Camden Urban Airshed Reforestation Program (UARP) and our Newark Renaissance Trees Program (NRTP), residents and volunteers join forces to plant large, 14-16 ft tall trees back into once treeless communities. These dedicated volunteers make the work look easy; transforming neighborhoods in a few short hours while still smiling!

This past spring there were a few volunteers who went the extra mile – attending several tree planting events, bringing family and friends, and being an overall advocate and leader for trees in the community! The NJ Tree Foundation would like to recognize the following volunteers through our Spring 2012 Volunteer Recognition Awards:

In Camden:                                                                         

John Lance                                  Ryan & Cynthia Ketner

Lamont Bivans                            Jordan Mankin

James Coulter                             The Kidds Family

The Romero Center

A Champion’s Heart

Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill

Adventure Aquarium “Fins for the Future”

In Newark:

Ada Caro                                      Christopher Reilly

Dave Robinson                          Madeline & Parker Ruiz

Razhan Campbell                      Wayne McDougall

Newark Girl Scout Troop #51027

St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Metuchen

Thank you to all who volunteered and continue to work with us to make a difference in these cities! We are looking forward to many more tree plantings together!

Volunteer Spotlight: Wayne McDougall

Meet Wayne McDougall, one of our hard-working and dedicated volunteers in Newark! Wayne has donated 60 hours to volunteer and assist at Newark tree plantings and our Newark TreeKeepers program – attending nearly every event our organization has hosted in the city over the past nine months!  Wayne has helped to plant 220 new trees in eleven Newark neighborhoods and has become an invaluable planting expert for our program. His passion for trees has grown during this time and most recently, he became a Certified Newark TreeKeeper, one of thirteen in the city.

When asked by NJ Tree Foundation staff about his experience, Wayne told us, “Working with the NJ Tree Foundation has given me a sense of purpose – that I was really making a difference in the community and it was something I really enjoyed! I have learned so much about trees! I have always liked gardening, but now I look at trees in a whole new way. I look at trees as a source of energy and life. I am looking forward to volunteering more and bringing my family with me.”

We look forward to working with you and your family more, Wayne! Thank you for your time and energy; most importantly, thank you for being an inspiration to us and other volunteers!

First Class of Certified Newark TreeKeepers!

In June, the NJ Tree Foundation hosted its first-ever Newark TreeKeepers workshops! TreeKeepers is an educational extension of our Newark Renaissance Trees Program (NRTP). This program is free and open to Newark residents only, who have or will be receiving a tree from our organization. Residents learn about long term maintenance practices including pruning, as well as tree biology, tree identification and hazardous tree recognition. The final workshop is an opportunity to put that knowledge gained into practice by learning how to conduct a tree inventory. Those who attend all four workshops, become Certified TreeKeepers. 

We are proud to recognize 13 residents as the first class of Certified Newark TreeKeepers! Thank you to all who participated, making this program a huge success! One attendee stated, ” The most valuable part of the workshop was gaining a clear understanding of proper pruning. I will now be looking at trees differently!”

Our 2012 Class of Certified TreeKeepers

Reginald Bledsoe
Mahima Giri
Donna Johnson
Mary McDaniel
Wayne McDougall
Leonard Mitchell
Charon Motayne
Mario Motayne
Joseph Nardone
Gregory Newell
Miriam Santiago
Sandra West
Joy White 
For more information about becoming a Newark TreeKeeper, click here



Spotlight on Audrey Snyder: Founder of Wood for Good

Audrey Snyder is not your average 17 year old girl! In 2011, she started her own non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for local charities by splitting and selling firewood. Wood for Good operates in Tewksbury, NJ and donates proceeds from the sales of their firewood to 11 charities, including the Brady Life Camp, the Tewksbury Land Trust and the Tewksbury Rescue Squad. “Charity starts at home…Wood for Good was established because we wanted to give back to a community that has given us so much,” explains Audrey in the Wood for Good mission statement.

This month, Wood for Good will be selling trees and donating proceeds to local charities through Mission: Arbor Day. The NJ Tree Foundation is proud to be a partner in this effort, providing 200 trees of four varieties to be sold to local residents.

For more information, or to support Wood for Good, please visit their website.


Update from the Green Festival, Newark

Thanks to Emily Perez and her family for volunteering with the Tree Foundation at the Ballantine Green Festival – giving out tree seedlings and promoting tree benefits! On Saturday, April 14th, The Ironbound Community Corporation hosted its first “Ballantine Green Festival” that was embraced by local East Ferry residents and businesses. The day was a tremendous success with more than 200 people coming out to celebrate the neighborhood, as well as learning about “green living” and how to sustain a quality of life thorough recycling and composting programs. All of these programs and demonstrations were showcased in the “Eco-Village”, where you also had the opportunity to turn in old televisions, electronics, batteries and rugs. “Although this educational festival was held in the month of April, when we celebrate Earth Day, we are committed to our vision and will throughout the year, place emphasis on the importance of “greenliving”. “ – Joseph Della Fave, Executive Director of the Ironbound Community Corporation.


Celebrate sustainable living at the Ballantine Green Festival on Saturday, April 14th from noon to 4pm. Visit the “Eco Village” to recycle old carpets, batteries, and electronics. The Green Fest will feature environmental demonstrations, artists, food, prizes, games for kids and entertainers.

This event is being hosted by the Ironbound Community Corporation with participating organizations, such as the NJ Tree Foundation, NJ Audubon Society, Greater Newark Conservancy, and Urban Renewal Corp. If you are interested in learning more or volunteering to help out at the Green Fest, please contact Deborah Hurley at 201.709.4296 or

Hope to see you there!

Download the flyer for more information:  Ballantine Green Festival 

Volunteer Recognition Award for NRTP

The Newark Renaissance Trees Program has the pleasure of working with 100’s of volunteers each season. This year, NJ Tree Foundation staff have created a Volunteer Recognition Award to honor those dedicated tree advocates that attend several tree plantings and go above and beyond as a volunteer.

The Newark Renaissance Trees Program would like to announce our Fall 2011 Volunteer Recognition Award recipients – Shannon Coulter, Rachel Santos and Wayne McDougall. Thank you so much for your commitment to planting trees and transforming communities in Newark! Even a snowy planting in October could not keep these folks from finishing a tree planting! You are an incredible asset to our program and organization! We hope to continue our work with you in the new year.

Trees & Art = Perfect Together!

The 2012 NJ Arbor Day Art Contest is here! This contest is free and open to all students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Your art work will create a beautiful poster celebrating trees in every season! Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places. Sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, NJ Forest Service and NJ Tree Foundation.

For more information, download the 2012 NJ Arbor Day Art Contest Rules.

Tree Pit of the Month

January's Tree Pit of the Month
January’s “Tree Pit of the Month” goes to the McWhorter Street residents in Newark. This past fall, six new flowering Tree Lilacs were adopted and planted by the residents. The community has gone above and beyond essential tree care with protective fences. Every resident has named their new tree and are keeping a watchful and caring eye over them as if they were their own children. Madalena Ribeiro, a resident on McWhorter St. told us “Trees are life! A tree can make your life or day better, just noticing them. Watching the transformation of our new trees, makes me feel good.”
Thank you McWhorter Street for being great tree-keepers!