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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Volunteer to Plant Trees on Heritage Island

Join Casey Trees as they plant 80 trees on Heritage Island. The island is located next to Kingman Island in the Anacostia River, and is part of the Kingman and Heritage Island Park.

In January of this year, in honor of the Year of the Anacostia, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that portions of both Kingman and Heritage Islands have been designated a State Conservation Area.

From September 8 to December 21, 2018 Casey Trees — with volunteer support — will plant and inventory more than 2,000 new trees at over 30 sites across all eight wards of D.C. through its flagship Community Tree Planting (CTP) and Park Inventory programs, which provides tools, technical assistance, and trees when needed, at no cost to participating sites.

This season will almost double prior re-treeing numbers. This planting season is not only the longest in their 15 year history, it is also the largest by volume, so there are numerous volunteer opportunities available.

The Tuesday before this planting, a logistics and directions email will be sent with detailed information about how to get to the site. You will receive this email ONLY if you are signed up for this planting.


  • Registration. Pre-registration is necessary for events, so that you can fill out a waiver before arriving at the event. Please take a moment to register for this event.
  • Youth Volunteers. Volunteers under 18 years of age must have their parent or legal guardian sign their consent form and be supervised by an adult at all times. Please note you must be over 18 years of age to become a team leader.
  • No specific skills required. Each event starts with a tool safety and planting demonstration. Volunteers plant alongside experienced Citizen Foresters and staff.
  • Arrive on time. Check-in opens a half hour prior to the indicated start time.
  • Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather.
  • Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required. Boots are preferred over sneakers.
  • Animals. No animals are allowed into the event, except for service animals.

Group Registration
If you represent a group (5+ people), complete the Group Volunteer Information Form and we will contact you to discuss potential volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers are welcomed in the morning with light breakfast fare and treated to a celebratory lunch at the conclusion. Indicate dietary restrictions during the online registration process. Drinking water is available throughout the event, but it is highly encouraged to bring a water bottle.

Getting There
The closest Metro station is Stadium- Armory which is 1.1 miles from the planting site. The X1, X2, and X3 buses have stops on Benning road near the walking entrance to Heritage Island. Parking information will be provided in the logistics email.

Casey Trees has set a goal of attaining 40 percent canopy by 2032; planted over 25,000; educated thousands of residents about the importance of urban tree canopy; supported the tree planting efforts of the D.C. Government, the National Parks Service, community groups and residents alike; inventoried and tracked the District’s tree resources to promote continued public funding for D.C.’s trees; advocated for green, tree friendly development and similar pursuits.

Consider becoming a Member to receive advanced registration to classes and events like this. Learn more about Casey Trees by visiting their website at caseytrees.org

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