Trees for the Future

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Trees for the Future

Trees are beautiful and offer us lovely smells and flowers that connect us to our memories and cultures. We look forward to the stunning warm fall hues of oaks and maples. Yet these same trees also capture carbon, create oxygen, improve water and air quality and restore ecosystems—slowing climate change and increasing adaption. They cool our cities, provide shade, and support local wild life. They ensure human and the planet’s well-being, and they should an accessible experience to all.

Earth Day marks the launch of WSC’s Trees for the Future initiative. Our goal is to get trees planted through both the adoption and stewardship of free native trees, and though donations to our Tree Fund that gets trees planted where they’re most needed. Both efforts will move us all towards climate regulation and environmental resiliency.

Starting on Earth Day you can reserve your free native tree, read information to help you understand the tree’s needs and create a strategy for caring for it. You can also reserve your spot for special talks and events that will take place on June 10th and 11th, the dates you can pick-up and meet the seedling you have chosen.

Adopt a Live Native Tree

Adopting and caring for a seedling (a young tree ready for planting), is a great way for anyone of any age to deepen their understanding and appreciation of trees, and the miracle of photosynthesis and chlorophyll production. You’ll be there as the tree adds two rings to its trunk every year.

Native trees are invaluable assets to our communities, yet it can be hard to get quality native trees in cities like New York. All the seedlings (trees under three years old) that WSC is providing for adoption got their start on private land in upstate New York.

More Information:

Why Plant Native Trees?
More About the Trees
Tree Planting Guide

Can’t make it to New York? Make a donation to the WS/C Tree Fund:

World Sensorium Conservancy is partnered with American Forests to plant trees in the US and with Eden Reforestation Projects to plant trees where they are needed in other countries. From Earth Day until June 11th donations of any size will be matched with the planting of trees. Help scale-up tree plantings to tackle climate change.

Also, please help spread the word— and get more trees planted!

Pick Up Your Tree and
Attend the Event


June 10 & 11 • 12-6 PM


Olfactory Art Keller
25 Henry St
New York, NY 10002

Register for Talks:

Andreas Keller discusses “How We Perceive Nature Through Our Sense of Smell”

This talk is a part of the programing for Trees for the Future, a World Sensorium Conservancy (WSC) event in which native trees will be distributed for free at Olfactory Art Keller in NYC.

Andreas Keller, PhD, is the Founder/Director of Olfactory Art Keller and an olfactory scientist at Rockefeller University. His transdisciplinary research interests explore neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and psychiatry.

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Lewis Ziska presents “Climate Change and Plant Biology, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

This talk is a part of the programing for Trees for the Future, a World Sensorium Conservancy (WSC) event in which native trees will be distributed for free in NYC.

Lewis Ziska, PhD, is a Plant Physiologist at Columbia University who works at the nexus of climate change, carbon dioxide, plant biology, and public health. 

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