More than 90,000 free oak saplings distributed since 2016!

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.   


Free Trees


The MWRD's Restore the Canopy program offers FREE saplings.

Visit our water reclamation plants every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to Noon
(April 2023 - October 2023) to pick up your free saplings.


Distribution Sites

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

For bulk orders of 50 or more, complete this form.  Deliveries begin week of April 3, 2023.
Delivery is not available to individual homes. 

Additional Resources

Illinois Trees


For tips on planting and care instructions, along with other helpful resources – including a map showing where we’ve distributed saplings, click here.