Come get your hands dirty and join in on the reforestation effort for Pennsylvania’s streams! We have over 5,000 trees to plant and the tools – all we need is you! Tree plantings are a great chance to get outside with fellow volunteers and knowledgeable Alliance staff for a memorable day of making a difference.

Check out our opportunities to help your community below:

October 7th – Schuylkill County
Location: Pine Grove
Trees to Plant: 190
Volunteers Needed: 100

October 13th – Lancaster County
Location: Manheim
Trees to Plant: 390
Volunteers Needed: 100

October 14th – Lancaster County
Location: Manheim
Trees to Plant: 985
Volunteers Needed: 100

October 20th – Lancaster County
Location: Quarryville
Trees to Plant: 440
Volunteers Needed: 50

October 21st – Lancaster County
Location: Denver
Trees to Plant: 300
Volunteers Needed: 100

October 26th – Adams County
Location: Littlestown
Trees to Plant: 375
Volunteers Needed: 50

October 28th – Lancaster County
Location: Leola
Trees to Plant: 370
Volunteers Needed: 100

November 9th – Lancaster County
Location: Kirkwood
Trees to Plant: 275
Volunteers Needed: 25

November 11th – Lancaster County
Location: Lancaster
Trees to Plant: 725
Volunteers Needed: 50

November 15th – Franklin County
Location: Chambersburg
Trees to Plant: 235
Volunteers Needed: 100

November 18th – York County
Location: West Manchester
Trees to Plant: 350
Volunteers Needed: 50



Do I need to bring shovels?
Nope! We recommend bringing a pair of work gloves if you have them, but otherwise the Alliance provides all the materials needed to plant trees. We also have a short tutorial at the beginning of the event to introduce folks to our unique system of planting.

Are tree plantings kid friendly?
Yes! The only requirement for kids to attend is that their guardian also be onsite as a registered volunteer and participate in the planting to supervise the children. There are lots of ways kids can help out as we work, and we find they always provide a boost of enthusiasm.

Are there bathrooms?
No. But plantings are usually scheduled to last for only two to three hours.

What kind of trees are being planted?
We plant 20-30 species of trees and shrubs that are native to the south-central Pennsylvania region. Each site is different. You can learn all about them when you are there!

Why are we planting trees again?
Because they’re awesome! Trees help stabilize soils in riparian areas, reduce runoff and decrease the amount of pollution that ends up in our Bay. Check out our PA Riparian Forest Buffer Project to learn more about the science and motivations behind why we do what we do.

I can’t make any of the plantings but I love trees, is there another way to get involved?
Yes! Consider joining our Riparian Ranger program, where you can ‘adopt’ one of these buffers and take care of the newly planted trees on a schedule that you set.

If you have any more questions, please contact Cathleen Anthony at We hope to see you out there this fall!