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Tree Dedications

Trees represent so many aspects of life. That’s why they are the perfect natural way to honor beloved people and memorable events. Van Cortlandt Park has more than 80,000 trees to choose from. Van Cortlandt’s exceptional woodlands act as lungs for New York City – the trees absorb tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide and generate oxygen. Our trees provide shade for families to enjoy, and beauty for us to admire.

If you share our reverence for trees, you can make a dedication to plant a new tree or sponsor an existing one. Your gift will help preserve this unique urban forest. We will work with you on selecting a tree type and location from the options below. To get started, send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (718) 430-1890.

Click here to view the Tree Dedication Register.

New Trees 

$1,000 for an Understory Tree Choices include Ironwood, American Hop Hornbeam, and Flowering Dogwood.

$2,000 for a High Canopy Tree Choices include well-known trees such as Tulip Tree, Red Oak, White Oak, Bitternut Hickory, Sweet Gum and White Pine.

There are two tree planting periods per year: one week in the spring (April/May, most often at the end of April or beginning of May; depending on climate conditions) and one week in the fall (October/November, most often at end of October or beginning of November; depending on climate conditions).

Call us to get started! (718) 430-1890

Spring planting deadline: February 15thFall planting deadline: August 15th

The deadline for arranging a fall planting is August 15 (we must order trees from the nursery well in advance of the actual planting). Note there are numerous details to arrange before the deadline, so you will need to contact us by August 1 in order to conclude the arrangement process prior to the deadline. Generally, the earlier you contact us, the better.

Your name will be listed in the online Tree Dedication Register and in Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy’s Annual Report.

Existing Trees

If you have a favorite tree in the Park, your dedication will honor a loved one while helping us monitor the growth and development of the tree.

Call us to get started! (718) 430-1890

$500 for an Understory Tree Choices include Ironwood, American Hop Hornbeam, and Flowering Dogwood.

$750 for a High Canopy Tree Choices include well-known trees such as Tulip Tree, Red Oak, White Oak, Bitternut Hickory, Sweet Gum and White Pine.

$10,000 for a Heritage Tree There are a handful of special, majestic trees in Van Cortlandt Park, referred to as the Heritage Trees.  These trees, in most cases, can be adopted with a gift of $10,000.  Adoption ensures there are funds for the care of these trees for years to come. 

Your name will be listed in Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy’s Annual Report.

Communal Arbor Day Tree Planting

$100 for the opportunity to give back to your community in honor of a loved one or special event.

To order, download and mail the Arbor Day Tree form (PDF, 53 KB).

Each Arbor Day, a communal Tree will be planted in Van Cortlandt Park.  This tree will be open for multiple donors to contribute to, and all donors will be invited to the tree planting on Arbor Day.  The species and location of the tree will be chosen by the Van Cortlandt Park arborist.  Your gift will be acknowledged with a special certificate.

Plant a Woodlands Restoration Sapling

$50 to help keep our Park sustainable and green.

To order, download the Forest Restoration Sapling form (PDF, 55 KB).

Each spring and fall, small saplings are planted in various natural areas in the Park that are being restored.  These saplings are native species and are part of an ongoing effort to protect the Park from invasive vines and weed trees. The sapling and its location will be selected by the Van Cortlandt Park Forest Restoration Team according to the needs of our forest restoration program. Due to the forest restoration program’s large scale planting projects, we are unable to keep track of the sapling’s species or location; donors will not know exactly where the sapling has been planted, or the sapling’s species.  Your gift will be acknowledged with a special certificate.