Adopt a tree, make shade, use less electricity

With impending arrival of cooler temperatures, it’s prime time for planting trees in San Antonio. Alamo Forest Partnership, the City of San Antonio and CPS Energy are working together to get more trees into the cityscape.

Trees create shade, lower ambient temperatures and ultimately save electricity for businesses, homeowners and the community.

Free tree giveaway
Free trees coming your way in September. Check the calendar below.


Several free tree adoption events are planned in the coming weeks and months. And later this season, CPS Energy’s $50-tree Greenshade Rebate program will be back. (More on that in a future post.)

For now, why not take advantage of the tree giveaways listed below? One-gallon native trees will be handed out free of charge at the following events. All you have to do is call 811 before you dig, grab a shovel, and get that seedling in the ground. It won’t be long before your tree is casting a big shadow and you’re reaping the energy-saving benefits.

Tree Events for Fall 2015

Sunday, September 27   10 AM – 3 PM      Maverick Park, Alamo at Jones, 78215

The City of San Antonio and the Alamo Forest Partnership will give away 600 trees at Siclovia, the exercise, play and bike festival that transforms Broadway into a car-free area for physical activity.   FREE.

October 17          9 AM – 4 PM         Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, 10750 Pleasanton Road,  78221

More than 500 one-gallon trees will be up for adoption at the 11th Annual Hoot & Harvest Festival at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center.  Also on the schedule:  hayride tours, local arts & crafts exhibits, a native plant sale, live bird presentations, butterfly walks in the garden, and nature & conservation exhibits.  FREE.

October 31       9 AM – noon        Leon Valley Community and Conference Center, 6427 Evers Rd, Leon Valley, TX 78238

Leon Valley celebrates Arbor Day by partnering with CPS Energy and the Texas Forest Service to give away 350 trees. Demonstrations on proper tree care will also be part of the celebration. FREE.

November 7        9 AM – 1 PM         Rosedale Park, 10750 Pleasanton Road

Happy Arbor Day!  Alamo Forest Partnership and City of San Antonio will give away hundreds of trees. Demonstrations on proper tree care will also be part of the celebration.

November 14       12 AM – 5 PM      Roosevelt Park, 331 Roosevelts Ave., 78210

CPS Energy will make 250 free trees available at this year’s Solar Fest, in collaboration with Build San Antonio Green. The event serves as a one-stop shop for learning all about sustainability – from renewable energy and energy efficiency rebates to urban farming and gardening – and will include live music, local beer, and family friendly fun.

Hope to see you at one of these events.


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Monika Maeckle

Monika is a contributor to our newsroom.

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