Connecting with Trees
through Art and Story

We each connect to trees in different ways. Trees recall memories from our childhood, or spark inspiration a neighborhood walk. We value the benefits they provide for habitat and health. And for some, trees connect us to our ancestors.

Explore our galleries of inspiration from locals, artists, conservationists and more. Share your story in the link below to win great prizes like REI gift cards and more!

Contest: How are you #rootedinpugetsound?

Planting Trees for Thriving Communities

The trees in our cities and towns provide many benefits—cleaning the water flowing into Puget Sound; purifying the air we breathe; beautifying our neighborhoods; and so much more.

Embrace daily opportunities to find inspiration in the power of trees. And play your part in supporting their health. Learn how you can steward the trees in your community, or start just by telling your story. Join us as we celebrate being Rooted in Puget Sound.

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The Benefits of Urban Trees: Visual Resources

Tree canopy provides a suite of benefits to urban communities: improving water quality and quantity; mitigating the flow of water during heavy rains, capturing carbon; reducing air pollution; and moderating temperature during warmer months of the year. Watch our videos and click through our infographics to learn more about the benefits trees bring to Puget Sound cities.


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Take Action In Your City!
Volunteer Opportunities

Green Cities Days, Multiple Dates

Join Green City Day events near you to help restore forested parks and connections to nature in 12 cities across the Puget Sound. 

Volunteer with King County Parks, Multiple Dates

Join King County Parks in building healthy forests to restore habitat for fish and wildlife and enhancing recreation opportunities for all of us.

Volunteer with EarthCorps, Multiple Dates

Join EarthCorps throughout Puget Sound to support healthy forests in cities that filter rain water, purify air, provide habitat and give people a place to connect with the outdoors. 

Engage with Trees

Get a tree for your yard!  Support healthier neighborhoods:

  • Urban Tree Sale, Pierce County – Significantly discounted tree for your yard. Learn more.

  • Trees for Neighborhoods, City of Seattle – Free trees for your yard in Seattle – learn more

    More opportunities coming soon 

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Share Your Love of Trees. Win Cool Prizes!

How are you #RootedInPugetSound? Trees in our cities and towns support clean air and clean water — and they connect our communities. Join us in celebrating these benefits by sharing your story for a chance to win awesome prizes!

The theme of the 2019 Rooted in Puget Sound Contest highlights the value of trees for people, nature and stormwater and engages the public’s love of trees in an effort to move towards taking tangible action to support the health of our urban tree canopy.

Share your photos, videos, art or text on that show what trees mean to you. Enter on Twitter or your public Instagram account using the hashtag #RootedInPugetSound or use the online form below. Be creative!


  • Photography

  • Video

  • Art (non-photo) — includes tattoo artists

  • Writing

One overall grand prize winner will receive:

  • One gift card to a plant nursery, one gift card to a restaurant and a $100 gift card to REI as well as a campaign waterbottle sticker and a poster of “Urban Trees of Puget Sound.”

One Winner per each category will receive:

  • One gift card to a plant nursery and one gift card to a restaurant as well as campaign waterbottle sticker and poster of “Urban Trees of Puget Sound.”

Thank you to our prize sponsors:

  • Bounty Kitchen

  • Tom Douglas Restaurants

  • PCC Market – Fremont

  • Sunnyside Nursery

  • Swanson’s Nursery