Get InvolvedEveryone can help restore the trees in Wichita
You can restore the trees in Wichita by the simple act of planting a tree at your home or volunteering to plant at a planting event. Trees need your help to provide water during the two year establishment period and ICTrees is able to provide trees through the contributions of individuals and corporations that want to make a difference in our community. We even need spaces to plant trees, so churches, nonprofit corporations, public entities, schools and homeowners associations can request trees for their property.
Literally, there is something everyone can do to improve our neighborhoods, beautify our city and reap the environmental rewards of trees. Check out the ways to get involved.
Ways to Get Involved
Planting trees, watering trees, preparing mulch and promoting trees are activities we do that rely entirely on volunteers. While most of our tree planting occurs in the fall, there are tasks that must be performed year round.
Donate to buy trees, planting supplies and operating costs. While we are an all volunteer organization we buy the trees we plant and we reimburse volunteers for gas to transport trees and water to planting sites. Fundraising is essential to our progress to restore the trees. The more contributions we receive the more trees we can plant.
Plant A Tree At Home
Plant a tree at your home. Every tree counts and if you plant a tree at home not only does it benefit the community, it also improves your neighborhood and eventually reduces your energy costs. Trees are available to suit any site and are provided at a nominal cost or even free depending on our inventory. Request a tree now by contacting us and telling us you want a tree.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can individuals get a tree?
Yes – navigate to the “How you Can Help” page and click on Plant a Tree. Follow the instructions and we will send you complete information on how you can get a tree and if any charge is applicable.
What kind of trees are available?
We only plant trees that are on the K-State list of preferred trees for South Central Kansas. And from this list we generally have 10-12 varieties available with trees in this inventory suitable for any location. Our inventory changes every year to maintain a diversity of plantings.
How does a tree planting work?
When an organization or group requests trees the first thing we do is come and visit the site.
We want to know how the site is used and what your thoughts are. Then we agree on each other’s roles. ICTrees will provide the trees, all necessary supplies and tools to plant. The organization agrees to provide volunteers to plant the trees and commits to a plan to water the trees for two years.
We then agree on a planting date and time. Next we physically flag the locations of each tree, identifying the variety to be planted at that spot and prepare a site map.
On the day of the planting we show up an hour or two before the appointed planting time and set out the trees and supplies at each location. We stage the tools and when the volunteers arrive we demonstrate how to plant.
The volunteers then plant the trees and ICTrees works with the volunteers to see that the trees are properly planted and watered the first time.
Tools and leftover supplies are gathered up and we celebrate a job well done and the start of a new forest in Wichita.
How many trees can our organization get?
Depending on the size of the site and the arrangements for volunteers to water, we like to plant 25 -100 trees. Many sites could use many more trees than this. We suggest that follow-up plantings be planned two or three later after the organization demonstrates that volunteers are available for watering and care during the establishment phase.
Is there any charge?
No and Yes. ICTrees performs its work because of the donations of its supporters. We purchase our trees from commercial nurseries and have to buy supplies to operate. We never charge a school or public facility. However, we reserve the right to request donations from Churches, Home Owners Associations and others if they have the ability to contribute. This may sound arbitrary and we never want the ability to pay to stand in the way of planting trees. But please recognize that if we charge, the cost is minimal and depends on the trees we have available.