Penn’s Creating Canopy Tree Giveaway Program: Register on April 16

caption: An employee picks up a tree during a previous Canopy Tree Giveaway. Photo courtesy of Facilities & Real Estate Services.

In alignment with the goals of Penn’s Climate Action Plan, the University promotes the importance of trees and the creation of public open spaces. To encourage the continual “greening” of our communities in the Greater Philadelphia area, Penn is again partnering with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation for the “Creating Canopy” tree giveaway.

Registration: A limited number of free trees will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to those who pre-register. Registration will open on the Penn Sustainability website at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 16 and will remain open until the tree inventory has been fully reserved.

Eligibility: Penn and UPHS staff and faculty who live in the City of Philadelphia or in the suburbs in Pennsylvania, Delaware or New Jersey are eligible.

Tree Selection: Information on particular trees will be available in the Tree Information Guide, which will be published online prior to the opening of registration. There will be a selection of small flowering trees, medium and large shade trees, and self-pollinating fruit trees.

Tree Pickup and Transport: The 2018 tree pickup will take place on Tuesday, May 1, 3-6 p.m., in the parking lot at Penn Park, located near the intersection of 31st Street and Lower Walnut Street. A map is available on the website. Bring your PennCard.

It is your responsibility to get your new leafy friend home. Bring your car or arrange a ride. The trees come in #5 pots (3-4 feet tall) and #7 pots (4-6 feet tall). Some past tree recipients have made creative use of wagons or hand trucks to transport their trees.

Cancellations: If you are no longer able to pick up your tree, please email so that someone else can take your tree home.

Go online to for information on planting and caring for your tree. Email with questions.