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Adopt-a-Tree

Adopt-a-Tree Resident carrying a tree

The Adopt-a-Tree program provides Miami-Dade single-family or duplex homeowners with two FREE trees every year, even if they have adopted trees in previous years.

Trees reduce air-conditioning costs by providing shade, while a good landscape improves a home's appearance. Trees also help increase a property's real estate value and reduce flooding by absorbing excess rain water. They also help to remove significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the air every year. Carbon dioxide is considered to be a leading factor affecting climate change.

Adopt-a-Tree species, event dates and times are subject to change. Tree quantities are limited and will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.

Single-family homeowners adopted more than 190,000 trees since the program's inception in 2001.

For more information, email adoptatree@miamidade.gov or call 305-372-6784.

Event Schedule

Saturday August 27th, 9 a.m. - noon
West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Staff Parking Lot
15755 SW 96th St, Kendall

Saturday September 17th, 9 a.m. - noon
Doral Central Park (formerly JC Bermudez Park)
3000 NW 87th Avenue, Doral

NOTE: Please check back often for more updates.

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Eligibility Requirements and Rules

In order to participate:

  • Tree quantities are limited at each event and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Participants must present photo identification, i.e. a driver's license, with the residential property address indicated on the identification. Other forms of identification containing property address information, like a utility bill, can be accepted as long as a photo ID is also presented.
  • Participants must own residential property in Miami-Dade County with sufficient room to plant trees.
  • Participants are eligible for two free trees per Adopt-a-Tree season (each year), regardless if they adopted in past years.
  • If the participant rents the property, they must have written permission from the property owner to pick up the trees. They must present their identification, along with a photocopy of the property owner's identification and written authorization from the property owner. The Adopt-a-Tree Program will retain the authorization.
  • Participants picking up trees for a family member who is the property owner must present their identification, along with a photocopy of the property owner's identification and written authorization from the property owner. The Adopt-a-Tree program will retain the authorization.
  • Participants who have recently purchased a residential property should bring the bill of sale (a.k.a. HUD1), because the purchase transaction may not appear yet in the County’s records.
  • Duplex and triplex properties have one folio number (as they are on one piece of property); therefore, duplex and triplex (etc.) residential properties will only receive two trees per year, the same as all other residential properties.
  • Apartment buildings and trailer parks do not qualify for the Adopt-a-Tree program.
  • In general, condominium owners are not eligible to receive trees. However, if a condo owner obtains written authorization from the Condo Board to plant the tree(s) in a designated common area (defined by a site plan), they may present such authorization and obtain trees. Adopt-a-Tree program will retain authorization.
  • Townhouses (with sufficient room to plant trees) are eligible to receive trees. If a townhouse owner obtains written authorization from their homeowner's association to plant the tree(s) in a designated common area (defined by a site plan), they may present such authorization and obtain trees. The Adopt-a-Tree program will retain the authorization.
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Community Service Hours

Community service hours are available for students who volunteer to work an Adopt-a-Tree event. If you would like to volunteer, fill out the volunteer form and email it to Sara Hernandez at hernas@miamidade.gov, or fax it to 305-372-6419.

All volunteers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the event.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for your organization to become a part of the Adopt-a-Tree program, one of the most popular green events in South Florida.

Adopt-a-Tree is marketed to more than 150,000 residents each year and educates more than 6,000 participants about trees and their benefits.

By taking advantage of our sponsorship opportunity, you will be able to maximize your marketing dollars and positively promote your company through a grassroots approach.

There are different levels of sponsorships available with a variety of benefits and opportunities for your organization.

Benefits include three months of exposure throughout Miami-Dade County and online presence and promotion on the Miami-Dade County website.

Special sponsorship packages can also be catered to meet your marketing goals and fit your budget. In-kind sponsorships are also available.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Sara Hernandez at 305-372-6568 or hernas@miamidade.gov.

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2016 Sponsors

Florida Power & Light
Florida Power & Light (FPL) has been a sponsor of the Adopt-a-Tree program for many years, helping the program give away more than 163,000 free trees to County residents. FPL is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL is a leading private employer in the state with more than 10,000 employees. FPL promotes energy conservation through tree plantings and many other outreach programs.

Zipcar
Zipcar has been a sponsor of the Adopt-a-Tree program for 4-years.  Zipcar in Miami unlocks over 90 cars in the city; you may reserve by the hour or day and run errands, visit friends, or go volunteer in the community. Zipcar encourages employees to promote energy conservation through participate in tree plantings and in other environmental programs.

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Adopt-a-Tree Partners

Resident and volunteers with trees

The Adopt-a-Tree program could not have achieved its many milestones without the extraordinary support of its partners and sponsors. We thank the organizations listed below.

For information on partnership opportunities, call Herb Balfour at 305-372-6834 or email balfoh@miamidade.gov.

 

Miami-Dade Communications
The Communications Department helps maintain the Adopt-a-Tree webpage and works with Regulatory and Economic Resources staff to promote the program across various County communications platforms, including MD-TV and social media.

Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Service
The Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Service has been providing expert knowledge and education support for the Adopt-a-Tree program, ensuring that the program supplies the highest quality trees for the community. The Extension Service serves as a liaison between research conducted by scientists at the University of Florida and other universities and Miami-Dade County residents. They also provide information and education for growers (agricultural and horticultural), homeowners, youth and those interested in food, nutrition and marine life.

Friends of the Everglades
This community organization has provided valuable education and outreach information for the Adopt-a-Tree program for many years. Their support has been instrumental in educating the community about the importance of a healthy tree canopy for South Florida. Friends of the Everglades is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of South Florida’s Everglades through education and involvement in community and government.

Florida International University - Biscayne Bay Campus

City of Doral

Miami-Dade Elections

Miami-Dade Animal Services
Miami-Dade Animal Services will be partnering up with the Adopt-a-Tree Program to also help adopt a shelter pet.  The Hope Express will be appearing at the Adopt-a-Tree events where you can not only take home a tree, but, a shelter pet as well.

For information on partnership opportunities, call Herb Balfour at 305-372-6834 or email balfoh@miamidade.gov.

 

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Adopt-a-Tree History

Miami-Dade County, long known for its famous beaches and warm winters, is surprisingly lacking in significant tree cover. A 2008 tree-cover analysis by the University of Florida and the Division of Environment Resources Management showed that the County’s urban areas averaged only 12% tree cover. By way of comparison, other urban areas in the country have as much as 35% tree cover.

Additionally, there was concern about the loss of shade trees caused by the removal of trees diseased with citrus canker. In the fall of 2000, the County petitioned the Florida Department of Agriculture for money to begin restoring the communal loss of additional shade.

The Adopt-a-Tree program resulted from the input of community groups, agricultural interests and government agencies seeking to improve the depleted tree canopy in the County. The first Adopt-a-Tree event took place in July 2001, and since then, this program has been working to foster a heightened awareness of the value of shade trees.

The program is designed to strengthen the condition of our community's tree canopy. Therefore, the trees selected for adoption are ones that make good shade trees in their adulthood. The program provides both native "ornamental" shade trees and a variety of non-citrus fruit trees.

Year - Trees Adopted

2001 - 5,864
2002 - 19,188
2003 - 23,239
2004 - 18,563
2005 - 18,039
2006 - 14,938
2007 - 13,035
2008 - 19,839
2009 - 13,222
2010 - 11,550
2011 - 6,460
2012 - 5,328
2013 - 7,916
2014 - 7,200
2015 - 6,450

Total Trees Adopted 190,831

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