Adopt 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. More than 200,000 trees have been adopted since the program's inception in 2001.
Trees reduce air-conditioning costs by providing shade, while a good landscape improves a home's appearance which can 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 which 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.
2018 Event Schedule
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Miami-Dade College North
11380 NW 27 Ave, Miami
9 a.m. to noon
Trees that will be available include*:
- Grafted Mango
- Sugar Apple
- Locust Berry
- Dahoon Holly
*Trees are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Bring your current showerheads and three heavily used regular light bulbs to the event. By doing so, you can get up to two high-efficiency showerheads and up to three energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs for free while supplies last.
Eligibility & Requirements
- 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.
- 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.
- Condominium or Townhouse 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.
Tree quantities are limited at each event and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Community Service Hours
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, call Herb Balfour at 305-372-6422 or email Herb.Balfour@miamidade.gov.
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.
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 305-372-6422 or email Herb.Balfour@miamidade.gov.
Miami-Dade Communications Department
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.
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.
The Miami Herald Media Company (MHMC) publishes two daily newspapers: the Miami Herald, winner of 20 Pulitzer Prizes, and el Nuevo Herald, an award-winning Spanish-language publication. Together, the company’s products reach more than 1.5 million people each week. In addition to the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, MHMC products include its news websites, MiamiHerald.com and elNuevoHerald.com; the popular local entertainment website Miami.com; INDULGE luxury magazine; and Caliente, a Spanish-language weekly tabloid.
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
2016 - 6,344
2017 - 5,532
Total Trees Adopted 202,707
Your contact information will be kept in the Miami-Dade Regulatory and Economic Resources Department's public database and is subject to public records requests.