2020 Tree Giveaways

In 2020, Ecology Ottawa will be distributing 15,000 native tree seedlings free of charge to Ottawa area residents in an effort to re-plant our urban tree canopy. We are doing this because Ottawa’s urban tree canopy is under threat. Since 2008, the emerald ash borer has killed 25% of Ottawa’s trees. In addition to this, climate change, invasive pests, expanding urbanization and infill construction are also major threats to trees. We need to re-plant and keep planting to stay on top of the threats!

Information about the species of trees that we give away can be found here.

At all of the events listed below, our team of dedicated volunteers and staff will be handing out tree seedlings on a first-come, first-serve basis, so check the list of events frequently for one near you:


  • Sunday, April 19: Re4M Earth Day Event
  • Thursday, April 23 to Sunday, April 26 (date to be finalized): Ottawa Grassroots Festival at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (82 Kent Street)
  • Saturday, April 25 (10am-1pm): Earth Day at Dundonald Park
  • Saturday, April 25: Community Clean-Up in the township of McNab/Braeside
  • Saturday, April 25: Arbor Day at Tanglewood Park Community Centre
  • Saturday, April 25 to Sunday, April 26 (date to be finalized): My Healthy Green Planet Expo at the EY Centre
  • Thursday, April 30 to Sunday May 3 (date to be finalized): PoutineFest (Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave.)


  • Wednesday, May 6 or Wednesday, May 13 (date to be finalized): Terra20 Friends and Family Day
  • Sunday, May 17: Blossom Fest at Crossing Bridge Park
  • Sunday, May 17: Cyclofusion
  • Thursday, May 21 (5-9pm): Action Sandy Hill AGM
  • Saturday, May 23 (8am-3pm): Great Glebe Garage Sale
  • Saturday, May 23 (11am-3pm): Butterfly-Garden Fun Day (General Burns Park)
  • Sunday, May 24: Canterbury Community Association Community Garage Sale


  • Saturday, June 6: Velofest (Centre Francophone de Vanier)
  • Saturday, June 6: Carp Farmers’ Market
  • Saturday, June 6: Carlington Community Association Yard and Plant Sale (Two locations: Raven Park and Harrold Place Park)
  • Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7: Doors Open Ottawa (various locations)
  • Sunday, June 7: Women’s Trail Festival (Camp Fortune, Qc)
  • Saturday, June 13 to Sunday, June 14 (date to be finalized): The New Art Festival at Central Park (in the Glebe)
  • Saturday, June 20 or Saturday, June 27 (date to be finalized): Fringe Festival at the Arts Court (2 Daly Avenue)


  • Weekly (dates to be determined): Yoga in the Park


  • Wednesday, August 5 to Sunday, August 9 (date to be finalized): Asinabka Festival
  • Saturday, August 8 (date to be finalized): Art in the Park (Strathcona Park)


  • Saturday, September 5th: Greater Avalon Community Association Barbeque
  • Friday, September 11 (6-8 pm): Rock the Block at the sport field next to Manor Park Community Centre
  • Saturday, September 19th: FrancOrléans Day
  • Thursday, September 24 to Sunday, September 27 (date to be finalized): Ottawa Fall Home Show at the EY Centre


  • Saturday, October 3: SMARTNet Alliance Sustainability Showcase (Horticultural Building, Lansdowne Park)