Adopt an Oak

Help restore oaks to wine country following devastating fires

Oaks at Tejon Ranch. Credit Nancy Buck.

In October 2017, more than 30,000 acres of oak habitat burned in the devastating North Bay fires, and additional trees were lost to bulldozers or other fire response actions. In the weeks after the fires, our community came together in an ambitious effort to Re-Oak Wine Country. Thousands of neighbors joined in to collect acorns and submit data sheets to CNPS.

Acorns sent to CNPS following the 2017 fires.
Acorns sent to CNPS following the 2017 fires.

Why restore oaks?

This is an ambitious new effort, but one that can potentially have tremendous benefits for all who live in California today and tomorrow. Not every acorn will survive, but those that do survive and grow will do wonderful things: provide homes to wildlife, feed pollinators, clean and recharge groundwater, and provide a playground for kids and cool shade for hikers. A 25,000 pound mature oak represents 50,000 pounds of carbon dioxide that has been pulled out of the atmosphere and turned into a thing of beauty. We hope you will join us in this experiment, as we see whether thousands of Californians can bring back something wild and wonderful, both outside our homes as well as inside our hearts.

Valley Oaks Creek. Credit Ger Erickson.
Valley Oaks Creek. Credit Ger Erickson.

Time to plant!

After weeks of sorting and cleaning the acorns, they are ready to be planted. Now, you can help by Adopting an Oak (or many for that matter)! It’s easy:

  1. Sign up using the form below
  2. CNPS will provide the information (and the acorns!) for planting and growing success
  3. You plant and care for your seedlings!
  4. If you can’t Adopt an Oak but would like to stay in touch, please use this form to sign up for updates. We will try to connect property owners with volunteers in their area.

Yes, I’d like to Adopt an Oak!

Please complete the following information so we can match you with Acorns from a Mother Tree in your area. You may want to reference our Planting Native Oaks Outside (PDF) and Planting Native Oaks Indoors guides to help you complete this form.

Blue oak. Credit Ger Erickson.
Blue oak. Credit Ger Erickson.

You Can Make a Difference!

No time to volunteer? Consider becoming a CNPS member or donating today. Thank you!!

In the News

The Re-Oaking effort is making headlines! See our latest news release and what your local media are saying.

San Francisco Chronicle
WWL – Channel 4
Vacaville Reporter
East Bay Times
ABC News10