If you are interested in volunteering at our tree plantings, we post these dates on our events page. We also have  outdoor education classes during the spring and summer. 

Become a Citizen Forester

The Greening also has an elite group of highly trained volunteers, that are responsible for leading groups of up to 20 volunteers on planting days.  Citizen Foresters demonstrate best practices for planting a tree and are quality control supervisors and motivational leaders during our tree planting events in the spring and fall. 

Adult Workforce
Detroit Conservation Corp

We have 8 week training programs that give DCC members an opportunity to acquire job skills while learning responsibility, accountability, teamwork and leadership.

Cohort members receive accredited landscape training, financial coaching, job placement services, tutoring and additional support including meals, uniforms, and transportation.

Throughout the year, The Greening of Detroit holds job fairs, connects with potential employers, holds legal clinics and works to support our graduating members as they move forward with their lives.


A Vision for a Greener Detroit!

Our focus at The Greening of Detroit is to enhance the quality of life for Detroiters by planting trees,  providing job training and involving our youth in the education of the natural environment. We involve Detroiters in the process through community engagement, green spaces, education and jobs. 

The Greening of Detroit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1989.

If you need to contact us, please call 313-237-8733 or click here to send an email  

To donate, please use our text to donate feature. Simply text to 41444 and type in "Greening" and it will take you to our secure site. 


Our Mission

Inspiring sustainable growth of a healthy urban community through trees, green spaces, healthy living, education, training and job opportunities.

We aspire to provide a greener tomorrow for our Detroit.

Get Involved

We cannot do it alone. Each year, we recruit between 500 and 3,000 volunteers to help us plant trees, clean up our garden and parks around the city, and work at our tree nursery. There are plenty of opportunities to dig in the dirt , and make a positive difference in Detroit.

Green Corps

If you are enrolled in high school and have a ā€œCā€ average in all your classes, we are looking for you!

What is Green Corps? Green Corps is an 8-week summer youth employment program. It is designed for high school students between the ages of 14-18. Green Corps members maintain hundreds of trees and green spaces all around Metro Detroit. While working, we give you an opportunity for you into the best individual you can be by providing work readiness training, financial literacy, SAT prep, College visits, etc.

Our application will be available in April 2020 for the 2020 summer session. You must go through the application and interview process.