Planting Nassau’s Future is a Keep Nassau Beautiful (KNB) program. The primary mission of the program is to beautify spaces in Nassau County. As the eastern gateway to the sunshine state, we want to preserve our beaches, green pastures, timberlands, and all the beautiful areas in-between. Weather events, age, and increasing development can impact all of these environments so we must start somewhere in order to make an impact for all of our futures.
The first project of Planting Nassau’s Future is the Adopt-A-Tree project. The project runs through April 30, 2020. KNB volunteers and partner organizations will plant up to 300 trees in Nassau County. Educational support for the project is being provided by the University of Florida’s Nassau County Cooperative Extension Service. And the project is generously funded through dedicated grants, fundraising, and private donations.
Three Easy Option to Get Involved
Attend a Tree Adoption Workshop
Attend a workshop to learn how to properly plant and care for a tree – then you’ll be given 1 or 2 free, 3.5 gallon trees to plant on your property in Nassau County. Workshop deadlines are one week prior and each workshop is based on space availability.
Help KNB Plant Trees
Register your organization’s tree planting team and we will link you to a planting location and arrange for your training session. View a short video to see how other organizations created their teams and planting events.
FAQs about the Adopt-A-Tree Project
Where will the trees be planted?
Families and Individual Residents — Earn your trees by learning about proper location, soil, species, sun/shade and more at an Adopt-A-Tree workshop. Four workshops will be led by Nassau County Cooperative Extension; Yulee – January 11, Callahan – February 8, Fernandina Beach – March 14 and Hilliard – March 28, 2020. All workshops 9am – 11am. Signup to attend a workshop – Advanced registration required.
Community Groups and Organizations — Develop your own tree planting team and event at preapproved locations in parks, schools and municipal areas. Training sessions will be available for each group to prepare for their planting event. To suggest a location or request more information on volunteer opportunities apply by submitting the Adopt-A-Tree Application Form
Legacy Trees may be arranged through Keep Nassau Beautiful for individuals, families or organizations wishing to donate the planting of a larger tree, and if desired, receive public recognition and a commemorative certificate. Donors will assume the costs of the tree and planting. Trees will be maintained through an agreement between Keep Nassau Beautiful and the property owner. Legacy Tree Donation Details.
Who will do the planting and tending work?
Individuals, families, and groups who receive adopted trees will be responsible for planting and tending their trees. However, Nassau County Cooperative Extension is committed to providing free workshop training and long-term support to tree owners in Nassau County.
Legacy Trees may be maintained through a cooperative agreement between the property owner and the donor.
What species of trees will be available?
Native species, which are best suited to Nassau County, have been selected for the free adoption. Each tree comes with a detailed fact sheet. Species include: