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Five Rivers MetroParks to give away native tree seedlings

Five Rivers MetroParks to give away native tree seedlings
Past Event - Saturday, September 19, 2020
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Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark
1301 E Siebenthaler Ave # 2, Dayton, OH 45414 [map it]

Five Rivers MetroParks to give away native tree seedlings to help with tornado reforestation efforts.

Five Rivers MetroParks to give away native tree seedlings

Tree seedlings will be available for pick up on Sept. 18 & 19 at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

Five Rivers MetroParks will give away thousands of native tree seedlings to help reforest areas that were damaged during the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes. The giveaway is part of MetroParks’ reforestation initiative, Healing Nature, designed to assist property owners and communities in Montgomery County that were impacted by the tornadoes with tree replacement and habitat restoration.

Healing NatureCommunity members can pick up the free tree seedlings in the parking lot at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. Seedlings will be distributed in a drive thru-style pick up designed so community members can remain in their vehicles at a safe social distance.

  • Friday, Sept. 18 — 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 19 — 8 a.m. to noon

Community members can select up to three seedlings from a selection of 21 native trees. Tree seedlings will come in easy-to-handle containers with directions on how to plant and care for them. MetroParks staff, wearing masks, will be on site to help with tree selection and answer questions. A list of the available tree seedlings, along with information about each species, is available now at

Trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The community is asked to reserve tree seedling pick up for those who own, manage or maintain property or natural areas damaged during the tornadoes. The trees are intended to aid in long-term reforestation efforts as the Dayton region continues to recover from the 2019 tornadoes.

“Five Rivers MetroParks has a specific long-term role to play in efforts to recover from the tornadoes, which is restoring lost habitat,” said Becky Benná, Five Rivers MetroParks’ executive director. “An untold number of trees, shrubs and other plants critical to our region’s wildlife and natural heritage were lost during the storms. It’s important we replant in the areas where so many were lost to tornado damage.”

Five Rivers MetroParks staff and volunteers grow native trees from seeds at the Barbara Cox Center for Sustainable Horticulture at Cox Arboretum MetroPark, which is the source of the seedlings. 

Donations can be made to the Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation to support Healing Nature. Funds will be used to help restore lost habitats in tornado-damaged areas, including Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. To make a donation, visit or contact Beth Redden, chief of philanthropy, at 937-275-PARK or

“Trees not only provide habitat for wildlife and places of respite for humans: Trees improve air quality, mitigate stormwater, provide shade and enhance aesthetic beauty, and increase property values,” Benná said. “It’s important we heal the nature that heals our community.”

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    Five Rivers MetroParks
    Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region's natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature.
  • Event Venue:

    Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark
    1301 E Siebenthaler Ave # 2
    Dayton, OH 45414
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    Call: 937-277-6545
    Gain inspiration for your own garden from the unique and beautiful combinations of annuals found in containers scattered throughout the grounds.

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