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Congregations are planting            
         Trees  and Hope!                                                                  

So far people of faith have planted over 12,000 trees!  By planting trees, over 100 faith owned properties including congregational grounds, retreat centers, summer camps and retirement communities are contributing to watershed restoration, community beauty, and care of God's Creation.

For more information contact Bonnie Sorak, Outreach Coordinator, at or call 443-799-0349.

Trees for Sacred Places is a partnership between Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC) and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  

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

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More Congregations & Faith Owned Properties Needed to Plant Trees!

In Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George's County Flyer (click here)

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Trees for Sacred Places offers congregations and other faith owned properties the following for FREE:

  • Spiritual workshops to explore faith teachings on stewardship along with the spiritual meanings of trees and water found in your faith tradition
  • Environmental 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!




  • Time and space for Spiritual & Environmental Workshop

  • Publicize your Tree Planting Day

  • Recruit volunteers to plant trees

  • Fulfill Maintenance Plan (watering schedule)

Need help starting the conversation in your congregation about bringing this program home? We can help with that! Contact us!


Please spread the word!  Space now available for more congregations.

Use one of these flyers to share with others:

Prince George's County Flyer (click here)

Are you in DC and looking to Plant some Trees?

Check out Casey Trees for information on how to get involved with improving DC's tree canopy trees

CONGRATULATIONS to the over 40 congregations, schools, retreat centers and camps which have completed their 

Tree Planting Day for total of nearly 12,000 trees:

READ THEIR STORIES:   Testimonials from Trees for Sacred Places sites 


  • Watersedge Baptist in Dundalk

    Holy Communion Lutheran Church planting 91 trees

    ~photo by Dave Warren Alliance for Chesapeake Bay 

  • 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
  • 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
  • Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore Emmanuel Monastery in Lutherville
  • 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


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.

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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