Philly Forests
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

151111932318755355-e-washington-rhodes-2.0.122.3648.2188_edited.jpg

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.

tree_edited_edited.png

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 bakari@phillyforests.com to inquire about Fall 2022 availability.

IMG_6569.jpg
IMG_6570.jpg

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!

Donate to our
Urban Ecology Program

We combine revenue from crop sales with grants and neighborhood donations to make this work possible. Please donate to Rhodes Elementary School below.

Highlights from 2021