2024 Volunteer Tree Planting Relay

24 Hours of Volunteering for our forests, for our streams, for our future

After a successful 2022 Treelay, the Alliance is excited to be embarking on another 24-hour tree planting adventure! From April 5th to April 6th, 2024, the Alliance and dedicated volunteers will plant thousands of trees in just 24 hours. We hope you join us!

2024 Treelay Registration is Open Now!

For decades, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has engaged communities in watershed conservation via volunteer tree plantings.

Not only do volunteer tree plantings help accomplish important work and increase awareness about watershed issues, but they also empower communities to take action and can cascade into more locally-led stewardship. This is why we’re on a mission to get as many community members outside as possible.





2024 Treelay Sites & Shift Details

  • Friday, April 5 – 5pm to 9pm – Upper Oxford Township Arboretum / Pennsylvania
  • Friday, April 5 – 9pm to 12am – Elizabethtown, Lancaster County / Pennsylvania
  • Saturday, April 6 – 12am to 2am – Lititz, Lancaster County / Pennsylvania
  • Saturday, April 6 – 2am to 6am – Abbotstown Park / Pennsylvania
  • Saturday, April 6 – 6am to 9am – Wakefield Valley Park / Maryland
  • Saturday, April 6 – 9am to 12pm – Millersville, Lancaster County / Pennsylvania
  • Saturday, April 6 – 12pm to 5pm – Big Elk Creek State Park / Pennsylvania

Ready to Volunteer?

Treelay 2024 is from April 5th to April 6th. Registration is now open, and specific site addresses, supplies to bring, etc. will be available upon registration. If you’re interested in volunteering, sign up for a shift below and help us plant thousands of trees in 24 hours this April!

Sign up for a Treelay Shift

24-Hour Volunteer Tree Planting Relay a.k.a. Treelay

Every year, the Alliance engages communities, companies, and conservationists to plant thousands of trees in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We’ve been looking for a big, bold way to celebrate the fantastic tree planting efforts of our volunteers. Hence, The 24-Hour Volunteer Tree Planting Relay also known as Treelay for short.

Treelay is a series of volunteer tree plantings scheduled back-to-back over a 24-hour period (hence the relay).

Our inaugural Treelay in October 2022 kicked off with 170 volunteers who planted over 3,000 trees in 24 hours. We’re excited to do it again in 2024 at our next Treelay.

Treelay Takes Root and Spreads the Word

Ryan Davis, Senior Forests Projects Manager at the Alliance, chats with Kay Wood, the host of the Planet Philadelphia podcast, about Treelay and, of course, the overall importance of planting trees in our communities.

Listen Now

Ad Crable, staff writer at the Bay Journal, attended our 2 AM to 6 AM shift in Gap, Pennsylvania, and highlighted a few volunteers along the way.

Read More

2024 Treelay Shirts Are Coming Soon!

Consider showing your support for Treelay by purchasing a shirt with unique artwork for the 2024 event! Multiple colors and style options are available for a limited time.

More details coming soon.

Thank You To Our 2024 Treelay Sponsors!


Have a business and want to support the Alliance and Treelay?

We are seeking sponsors to make this event as impactful, comfortable, family-friendly, and fun as possible! We hope you and your team will consider making an impact on this important goal by sponsoring Treelay and joining us to plant trees!

To learn more about Treelay sponsorship opportunities, download the Treelay sponsorship packet here.

Sponsor Treelay!