Community Canopy Program

We are offering a limited number of FREE trees to community members through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy Program. This program is made possible by our partners, the City of Burlington, Colchester, and Winooski.

How It Works

Community Canopy, uses a research-based, easy-to-use online mapping tool that takes the guesswork out of tree planting. By entering simple information about a home and yard, the tool calculates where to strategically plant trees for the greatest cooling, energy, and money saving benefits.

2021 Fall Program


Participants must live in Burlington, Winooski, or Colchester.

Tree Species

Participants may register for up to two free trees.

Five species are available: red maple, serviceberry, hackberry, river birch, and red oak.

Pick Events: Saturday, September 11, 10am-1pm

Trees must be reserved online in advance and picked up on Saturday, September 11th, 10am- 1pm at the pick up sites below.

Burlington: 311 North Ave. Park

Colchester: Colchester DPW Building, 711 Blakely Rd.

Winooski: Winooski Senior Center, 123 Barlow St.

Registration is closed.


Tree Benefits

When planted properly, a single mature tree can save a homeowner up to 20% on energy costs. For homes without air conditioning, shade trees can make the home feel cooler during summer heat. Planting trees can also:

  • Reduce a homeowner’s carbon footprint

  • Improve air quality

  • Reduce stormwater runoff

  • Provide food and shelter for wildlife

  • Add to a home’s property value

About The Program: Planting For Impact

Using research from the Vermont Department of Health, we selected partner communities in Vermont that are most vulnerable to heat-related illness. These areas have high densities of exposed asphalt and rooftops but limited tree cover.  As a result, residents in these areas can spend more money to cool their homes, and those without air conditioning can be at greater risk for heat illnesses.

See the cumulative impact report below from 2017-2021.

Past partner communities include: Bradford, Brattleboro, Bennington, Barre, Newport City, St. Albans, Rutland.


This program is made possible by the Arbor Day Foundation, the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program, the Vermont Department of Health’s Climate & Health Program, the City of Burlington, City of Colchester, and City of Winooski.

Join Us

We hope to be able to offer this program to more communities in the future. Let’s work together to harness the power of trees to conserve energy, cool communities, and save money.    

If you have any questions, contact Gwen at or 802-651-8343.