Since the fall of 2013, the Alliance has worked with the Interfaith Partners of the Chesapeake to engage people of faith in planting over 12,000 trees throughout Maryland! With trees getting in the ground, houses of worship are contributing to watershed restoration, environmental stewardship, and community building.
More Houses Of Worship Needed To Plant Trees!
The program is ongoing and is currently focusing our Maryland tree planting efforts at house of worship properties in Prince George’s County and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
If you are located in Prince George’s County and are interested in enrolling or furthering your participation in the Alternative Compliance Program, please visit the following links to learn more about the upcoming Sacred Grounds Workshops in your area.
This ambitious program offers houses of worship the following:
Educational workshops on the importance of tree planting in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Hands-on training for tree planting and maintenance
Spiritual workshops to explore the faith teachings on stewardship along with the spiritual meaning of trees and water in faith traditions
Crew leaders to guide the houses of worship volunteers on the planting day
And, of course, FREE trees!
How Does Our House Of Worship Get Started?
Check out this Step-by-Step Guide about the Trees for Sacred Places Program on how to get started and walk through the process.
After you sign up, we will discuss planting plans, species selection, the faith-based environmental education workshop which accompanies the tree planting, and scheduling. Plantings will occur during the Spring and Fall of 2018.
Please spread the word that we have space for more houses of worship in this program. You can use our flyer (below) to share this project with your community or tell someone else about it who might be interested.