Adopt-a-Tree from Pinellas County Extension

adopt-a-treePinellas County residents are invited to give a tree a home this year in celebration of Florida Arbor Day. On Saturday, Jan. 23, residents can attend the inaugural Adopt-a-Tree event at the UF/IFAS Extension in Pinellas County at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo. 

Adopt-a-Tree will include lectures and hands-on classes taught by UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County horticultural agents to educate attendees about choosing, planting and maintaining new trees for their yards. Those who attend will be able to take home trees selected to thrive in yards and landscapes found in Pinellas County. The trees will be provided by Sweet Bay Nursery, located in Parrish.

Check-in for the Adopt-a-Tree program will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. The schedule will include the following classes and lectures:

– What Trees Provide for Us: 9 to 9:30 a.m.
– Putting a Tree in the Right Place and Fun Tree Facts: 9:30 to 10 a.m.
– Initial Planting and Tree Care: 10:15 to 11 a.m.
– After Care and Maintenance: 11 to 11:15 a.m.

Anyone interested in attending the Adopt-a-Tree classes can pre-register online at Admission is $10. You can email questions about the event on the Eventbrite page or call (727) 582-2100 for more information.

UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County is a partnership between Pinellas County government and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences as part of a nationwide network of land grant universities. The University of Florida is an equal-access/equal-opportunity institution. 

The mission of UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County is to provide research-based knowledge and education programs enabling people to make practical decisions to improve their quality of life and the world around them. Education focuses on sustainable living, lawn and garden, families and consumers, and 4-H youth development.

UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County offers programming at the Extension office, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, (727) 582-2100. The Largo office is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County also offers programming at the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, (727) 453-6800 and at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, (727) 453-6500. For more information, visit and find Pinellas Extension on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in an event or class you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. At least seven days prior to the event or class, please contact the Office of Human Rights, 400 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Suite 500, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 464-4062 (Voice/TDD).

A video about many of these programs can be found at

The Pinellas County “Doing Things for You” app is available for residents to report issues and access useful resources. Pinellas County can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. More information is available on the county which features LiveChat for assistance. 

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