Our pilot projects in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, PA are underway in 2018 with a replicable model. 


Starting in spring 2018, Plant Five for Life will plant 5,000 trees for 1,000 children born at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. For approximately six weeks, from April-May, new parents receive a card made by Plant Five for Life announcing the gift as they leave the hospital. 

For every child, five native species are then planted on a former coal mine site located on the grounds of Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, returning it to forest over time. The trees are planted across four dates; one in April and three in October.  New families are invited to attend a Family Day celebration on the last day of planting in October. 

Plant Five for Life is supplying the donated funds to purchase 5,000 trees, communicating to new parents, organizing a portion of volunteers, assisting with tree planting, and designing and co-implementing the Family Celebration Day as well as testing a variety of methods for forest health management during and after planting to help the parents and children engage with the site over time.  


By 2019, each child born at The Midwife Center for Birth and Women's Health of Pittsburgh, PA will receive a gift of five trees planted at selected sites throughout the city and county. Plant Five for Life is currently evaluating sites with community collaborators and potential property hosts throughout the city and county most in need of planting in the upcoming year for stormwater management, air quality enhancement, fresh food supplementation, comfort through shade and cooling and community gathering places.

If you would like to contribute to a gift of trees for this pilot, you can do so through our crowdfund or through our 501c3 fiscal sponsor's fundraising page. If you are a property owner and would like to host a Plant Five for Life planting please contact us

 Planting the first 1,200 of 5,000 trees for 1,000 newborns...

Planting the first 1,200 of 5,000 trees for 1,000 newborns...