Shade Tree Notes Blog

The New York State Arborists are longtime supporters of the TREE Fund and the Tour des Trees.

This year, the 2023 Tour des Trees will take place from Tuesday, September 26 thru Monday, October 2 starting in Reno, NV, passing Lake Tahoe, and ending in Half Moon Bay, CA. Registration closes on July 31, but there are only about 30 rider slots still available.

What is the Tour des Trees?

The Tour des Trees is an annual long-distance cycling adventure which serves as the primary public outreach and community engagement event for Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). Since 1992, Tour des Trees riders have cycled through communities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., planting trees, educating children and shining a light on the work done by arboriculture professionals and the importance of science-based tree care.

The Tour des Trees serves to advance TREE Fund’s mission to explore and share the science of trees contributing to the lives of people, communities, economies, and the environment, and of the planning, planting, and sustainability of urban and community trees. TREE Fund research has produced better ways to plant and care for urban trees, making them more resilient, more resistant to pests, and less prone to failure. The Tour also supports education programs aimed at connecting young people with the environment and career opportunities in green industries. TREE Fund has been able to award more than $5.1 million in grant and scholarship funding since 2002, and the Tour des Trees has been a key component in the organization’s ongoing success.

Event expenses are defrayed by TREE Fund’s generous partners (including NYSA), so funds raised by riders can be applied to new grants, payments on multi-year grants awarded in prior years, or added to permanent endowment funds that will sustain research into the future.

The 2023 Tour des Trees features both a live ride and a new TdT 350/350 Challenge virtual event, so supporters can ride in person or support TREE Fund from home.

The links below provide key information for riders, volunteers, donors, and those considering participating in or supporting the event.

Register for the 2023 event here:

Registration link *Registration for the 2023 Tour des Trees is open until July 31

Register for the 350/350 Challenge virtual event here:

Registration link

Click here to get to your fundraising page after you register:

Click here to donate to a rider: