Trees for Sacred Places 

(formerly the "10,000 Trees Program")

Congregations Are Planting Trees!


Holy Communion Lutheran Church planting 91 trees                                ~photo by Dave Warren, Courtesy of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay                                                                                          

So far people of faith have planted over 2000 trees!  By planting trees, faith owned properties including congregational grounds, retreat centers, summer camps and retirement communities are contributing to watershed restoration, community beauty, and engaging in care for God's Creation.

View and download Flyer here.

Trees for Sacred Places is a partnership between Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC) and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay offers congregations and faith other owned properties the following for FREE:

  • Spiritual workshops to explore faith teachings on stewardship along with the spiritual meanings of trees and water in our faith traditions
  • Educational workshops on the importance of tree planting in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
  • Planting Plan tailored to your site
  • Hands-on training for tree planting and maintenance
  • Crew leaders to guide the congregations’ volunteers on the planting day
  • And, of course, FREE Native trees!

For additional details contact Bonnie Sorak, Outreach Coordinator, at or call 443-799-0349.

This program is funded with generous support from the Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources and Chesapeake Bay Trust.CBT_PLATE_LOGO_URLS-RGB.GIF   

More Congregations & Faith Owned Properties Needed to Plant Trees!

Please spread the word that we have space for more congregations in this program. You can use this flyer to share this project with your community or tell someone else about it who might be interested.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following over 40 congregations, schools, retreat centers and camps which have completed their Tree Planting Day for a total of nearly 10,000 trees:

  • Watersedge Baptist in Dundalk
  • St. Margaret’s Episcopal in Annapolis
  • Geneva Presbyterian in Potomac
  • Saints Philip & James Catholic parish in Baltimore
  • Baltimore Sikh Society
  • Christ Episcopal Church in West River
  • St. Andrew's United Methodist School in Edgewater
  • Woodbrook Baptist in Baltimore
  • All Saints Lutheran in Bowie
  • Chizuk Amuno Congregation in  Baltimore
  • Friendship United Methodist Church in Friendship
  • Temple Emanuel of Baltimore
  • Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
  • Union Baptist Church in Baltimore
  • Holy Communion Lutheran in Fallston
  • Gallery Church in Baltimore
  • Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore Emmanuel Monastery in Lutherville
  • St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church in North East
  • St. James Episcopal Academy in Monkton
  • Salem Lutheran Church in Jarrettsville
  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Marlboro
  • The Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown
  • Epiphany Episcopal Church in Timonium
  • Temple Isaiah in Fulton
  • Covenant United Methodist Church in Montgomery Village
  • Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Baltimore
  • Washington Adventist University and Hospital in Takoma Park
  • Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries in Centreville
  • Annapolis Friends Meeting
  • St. Matthews Catholic Parish in Baltimore
  • Rockbridge Christian Academy in Millersville
  • United Methodist Camp Pecometh in Centreville
  • West River United Methodist Camp in West River
  • Manidokan United Methodist Camp in Knoxville
  • Towson Unitarian Universalist Church in Towson
  • Oakland Mills Interfaith Center in Columbia
  • Bnos Yisroel Girls School Yeshiva in Baltimore
  • Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville
  • Am Kolel Sanctuary Retreat Center in Beallsville
  • Benedictine School in Ridgely
  • Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Baltimore
  • Faith Presbyterian Church in Baltimore
  • Christ the King Episcopal Church in Woodlawn

Read their Stories: 

Testimonials from Trees for Sacred Places sites


Reasons for Planting Trees

Measurable Results from Trees for Sacred Places



Here's a helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions.  

How does our Congregation get started?

Check out this Step-by-Step Guide about the Trees for Sacred Places Project on how to get started and walk through the process.

Need help starting the conversation in your congregation about bringing this program home? 

We can help with that! Contact us!

Heavy Downpours Bring... Runoff:  An Even Greater Need for Trees

Read this reflection: A Climate for Runoff & Response by Trees for Sacred Places Program Manager, Kolya Braun-Greiner





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