Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Will Clayton Trees


From bare ground to forest in four hours! Be a part of it!

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Texas Department of Transportation, in conjunction with Trees for Houston, invite everyone to get their hands dirty in the name of Arbor Day! Sign up for one of the largest volunteer tree planting events in the history of the Houston area!

A Forest Puts Down Roots and You Can Help

On January 27, 2007 a forest of 20,000 trees will put down roots on the Will Clayton Parkway esplanades between Lee Road and Highway 59 with a lot of help from willing volunteers. 2,000 volunteers are needed (rain or shine) to help accomplish this massive tree planting effort. Getting dirty is not optional; it’s required!  Who can resist that?  Bug spray and sunscreen are recommended.  Volunteers must bring their own shovels, rakes and gloves. All volunteers must register and sign waiver forms prior to planting.

If the lure of being part of this great project isn’t enough to get you to volunteer, water, refreshments, and lunch will be provided.

How to Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer to be a part of this Arbor Day Tree Planting Event here's what you need to do:

  1. Contact Gary Woods - Trees for Houston. Phone: 713.840.8733 or 281.474.4507. E-mail at garykwoods@sbcglobal.net.
  2. Fill out Registration Form and Waiver Form (.pdf).
  3. Report to Will Clayton Parkway on January 27, 2007 at 8:00 a.m.
  4. Follow Team or individual instructions on flyer (.pdf).


Arbor Day in Houston

What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than by planting 20,000 trees?  J. Sterling Morton, who founded Arbor Day as a way to promote tree planting on the open plains of Nebraska in 1872, would surely approve.  While Arbor Day is celebrated in northern regions in April, the climate of Houston is better suited to planting trees during our fairly balmy winter.  Saturday, January 27, has been set aside as our local observance of Arbor Day, and we are making the most of it with this massive tree-planting event.

Partners for the Urban Forest

This day of reforestation is part of the Houston Area Freeway Forestation Project sponsored by Congressman Ted Poe. Partners in the project include:

Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Texas Department of Transportation, Keep Houston Beautiful, Trees for Houston, Houston Airport System,
Lyondell Chemical Company, The Humble Area Chamber