Call­ing all stu­dents, par­ents, prin­ci­pals, school gar­den coor­di­na­tors, or any­one involved with schools in the City of Pitts­burgh! Do you love trees? Are you look­ing for a fun, cre­ative way to plant and care for trees at your school? You’re in luck!

Tree Pitts­burgh and One Tree Per Child are here to help you plant trees and have fun, one tree and one stu­dent at a time. Over the next two plant­i­ng sea­sons (Spring and Fall of 2022), Tree Pitts­burgh will be engag­ing schools in tree plant­i­ng efforts through the One Tree Per Child pro­gram. It’s easy to par­tic­i­pate, and fund­ing may be avail­able to sup­port your plant­i­ng efforts!


Why plant in schools?

Trees bring many ben­e­fits to our neigh­bor­hoods and our schools. Trees make the school grounds more beau­ti­ful and invit­ing. Over time, your school will reap the ben­e­fits trees pro­vide includ­ing shad­ed recre­ation­al spaces, clean­er air, and help to hold up hill­sides around your cam­pus. Tree plant­i­ng areas are also a built-in out­door class­room, with plen­ty of teach­ing opportunities.

How does it work?

The first step toward becom­ing a One Tree Per Child school is to fill out the form below. After you fill out your form, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from One Tree Per Child will be in touch to sched­ule a vis­it to your school and dis­cuss your options, includ­ing plant­i­ng loca­tion and any fund­ing sources and oppor­tu­ni­ties. Remem­ber that your project must be approved by your school principal!

About One Tree Per Child

Tree Pitts­burgh is proud to adopt One Tree Per Child Pitts­burgh to add capac­i­ty and ensure that every child can plant at least one tree dur­ing their time in school. One Tree Per Child began in Aus­tralia through the efforts of Olivia New­ton-John and Jon Dee in 2015. Since then, it has expand­ed to 11 coun­tries world­wide. One Tree Per Child Pitts­burgh, start­ed by Dr. Isabela Angel­leli in 2017, is the first OTPC part­ner in the Unit­ed States.

The pro­gram engages school chil­dren cre­ative­ly in tree plant­i­ng and care efforts, one tree and one child at a time. Join us on this jour­ney as we engage with future teach­ers, lawyers, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, CEOs, foresters, and so much more in a project of tree plant­i­ng, inspi­ra­tion, and education.

To Date, One Tree Per Child Pittsburgh Has:

  • Led 42 plant­i­ng events
  • Engaged over 1,900 students
  • Plant­ed more than 1,937 trees and shrubs
  • Plant­ed trees with schools in four school dis­tricts in Alleghe­ny County

OTPC Pittsburgh in 2022:

Over­all goals for 2022:
  • Plant over 1,500 trees in Pitts­burgh and the Greater Alleghe­ny Coun­ty area
  • Dis­trib­ute 1,000 trees to fam­i­lies and teach­ers in PPS schools
  • Expand into the South Fayette School District

One Tree Per Child Pitts­burgh is proud­ly sup­port­ed by the Heinz Fam­i­ly Foun­da­tion, Alleghe­ny Coun­ty Clean Air Fund, as well as Par­ent Teacher Orga­ni­za­tions and Munic­i­pal­i­ties across Alleghe­ny County.

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