As a form of green infrastructure, a medium-sized oak tree can help prevent flooding and improve water quality by absorbing 2,800 gallons of rainfall per year.
The MWRD's Restore the Canopy program offers FREE Red, Bur and Swamp White Oak saplings.
Visit our water reclamation plants (WRPs) every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to Noon (April - October) to pick up your free saplings.
Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, 400 E. 130th St., Chicago
O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant, 3500 Howard Street, Skokie
Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, 6001 W. Pershing Rd., Cicero
Egan Water Reclamation Plant, 550 South Meacham Rd, Schaumburg
Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant, 1220 Sycamore Ave., Hanover Park
Kirie Water Reclamation Plant, 701 West Oakton St., Des Plaines
Download a fact sheet for details, including growth rate, about each sapling we’re distributing this year.
For tips on planting and care instructions, along with other helpful resources – including a map showing where we’ve distributed saplings, click here.
Get your FREE oak saplings and start planting!