Urban Ecology Program
The Philly Forests Urban Ecology Program provides free trees, shrubs, and perennial plants to Philadelphia residents in the 13 zip codes with the lowest tree canopy. We aim to combat the effects of redlining, environmental racism, and climate change in Philadelphia through ecological community development.
Our Current Project
The Rhodes Elementary School Environmental Program
Philly Forests is partnering with Rhodes Elementary School to create an ecologically-diverse landscape on school grounds. We aim to provide therapeutic green space through the establishment of:
A Mini Food Forest- raised garden beds, fruit trees, and edible berry vines
A Perennial Pollinator Garden- native plant and shrub installation near the school sign
29th St Natural Fence- A border of tall overstory trees and shrubs providing shade and privacy to students during school hours
Visit the link below to learn more
Visit the link below to donate
We are on a mission to raise $10,000 to support green space at
Rhodes Elementary School! Read more above.
Why is this important?
Trees are immensely unequally disbursed in Philadelphia, PA. Wealthier neighborhoods like Chestnut Hill and West Mt Airy enjoy tree canopy coverage of 86% while North, Southwest, and Chinatown have canopy coverage averaging 5%.
Lack of trees and perennial plants can lead to unhealthy air quality, drastically-higher summer temperatures, increased crime rate, and correlate with higher rates of strokes and cardiovascular health.
To ensure ethical distribution of materials,
our eligible zip codes are:
19138, 19140, 19141, 19120, 19132, 19133,
19122, 19151, 19142, 19125, 19149, 19145, 19148
We have reached the capacity for our Spring 2022 planting sites. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about Fall 2022 availability.
Sign Up for a Free Tree
Register for a free tree for pickup on April 23rd at
Awbury Arboretum for our
Northwest Philadelphia Earth Day Celebration!