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Adopt-a-Tree Child adopting a tree

Miami-Dade single-family or duplex homeowners receive 2 FREE trees every year, even if they have adopted trees in previous years. Single-family homeowners adopted more than 184,000 trees since the program's inception in 2001.

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.

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. Trees also help to remove tons of carbon dioxide from the air every year. Carbon dioxide is considered to be a factor affecting climate change.

For more information, email or call 305-372-6784.

Event Schedule

The final Adopt-a-Tree event of 2015 took place on Oct. 4.

Tree species that were available:

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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 will be required to 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 2 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. Adopt-a-Tree program will retain 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 2 trees (per folio) 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. Adopt-a-Tree program will retain 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, 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

New and exciting sponsorship opportunities are available for your organization to become a part of one of the most popular green events in South Florida, Miami-Dade County’s Adopt-a-Tree Program.

Adopt-a-Tree is marketed to over 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.
  • Advertisements and media coverage in multilingual formats, including print, radio and web advertising.
  • Online presence and promotion on the Miami-Dade County website and social media sites.

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, call Herb Balfour at 305-372-6834 or email

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Adopt-a-Tree Partners

Resident carrying two free trees.

The Adopt-a-Tree program could not have achieved its many milestones without the extraordinary support of its partners and sponsors. For this reason, we would like to recognize and thank the organizations listed below. 

For information on partnership opportunities, call Herb Balfour at 305-372-6834 or email

Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College has hosted several events at various campuses since 2004. By providing their outstanding facilities, Miami Dade College has helped the Adopt-a-Tree program serve the residents of Miami-Dade County. The distribution of free trees to our various communities is one of the keys to the success of the program. Miami Dade College is the largest and most diverse college in the nation with eight campuses and more than 174,000 students from across the world.

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 the residents of Miami-Dade County since 2001. 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.

Miami-Dade Communications
County departments create useful information for residents, visitors, businesses and employees since 2001 with the help of the Communications department. Since that time, the number of web pages has grown to more than 25,000; among them, the Adopt-a-Tree homepage has remained one of the most popular and visited pages in the County's website.

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. The Extension Service provides 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 our community and government.

City of Cutler Bay

City of Hialeah

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Adopt-a-Tree History

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

There was concern about the additional loss of shade trees caused by the removal of citrus canker impacted trees. 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 here in Miami-Dade County.

Trees are important for any community, because trees help reduce air-conditioning costs by providing shade to a homeowner’s property. Additionally, a well-landscaped home improves its appearance and helps increase a property's real estate value. Also, trees reduce flooding by absorbing excess rain water.

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.

Since Adopt-a-Tree's inception in 2001, 184,381 trees have been distributed to Miami-Dade County residents, making it one of the most popular community programs in the County.

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

Total Trees Adopted 184,381

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