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Master Watershed Stewards Host 4th Annual Native Tree & Shrub Fundraiser

by Penn State Extension

Master Watershed Stewards Host 4th Annual Native Tree & Shrub Fundraiser

Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program of Berks and Schuylkill counties is hosting its 4th Annual Native Tree and Shrub Sale. The sale features a limited supply of 28 different native trees and shrubs that provide food, shelter and nesting habitat for wildlife, as well as privacy, shade, foliage and landscape beautification.

“There is something truly magical that happens when you start adding native species to the landscape. It’s one of the top ways to invite more birds, butterflies and native bee species to your yard,” says Leah Zerbe, a nature columnist and Master Watershed Steward. “If you plant it, they will come!”

Planting trees is also a great way to reduce flooding, stabilize soil and filter pollutants. All trees and shrubs are native to Pennsylvania and sourced from a preeminent native plant nursery. Proceeds from this fundraiser support the Berks/Schuylkill County Master Watershed Steward Program and its efforts to share education and inspire improvements within our local watersheds. And remember, fall is one of the best times to plant new trees!

This is a pre-order only sale. No plants will be sold at the pickup locations.

Ordering Details: Orders are being accepted from July 27, 2023 through August 27, 2023, or until sold out. Some species with limited inventory available.

Online order link: https://extension.psu.edu/mws-tree-sale A complete list of trees and shrubs with planting requirements is available on the “Tree/Shrub Catalog” tab.

Phone orders: Please call 1-877-345-0691, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pick-Up Day for Berks and Schuylkill orders: Friday, October 6, 2023, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Pick-up Locations: Residents will select the specific customer pick-up location when placing their tree order. Other pickup counties and dates are listed on the ordering website. Residents will select the location and date most conveniet to them.

About the Master Watershed Stewards

Master Watershed Steward Program educates and empowers volunteers to protect environmental resources. After receiving 40+ hours of training, Master Watershed Stewards give back to the community by offering educational opportunities, collecting citizen science data, organizing clean-ups, working on wildlife habitat and stream restoration projects and more. For questions about the program or to learn how you can become a Master Watershed Steward volunteer in Berks or Schuylkill Counties, please contact county coordinator, Natalie Marioni, at [email protected].

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us at 610-378-1327 in advance of your participation or visit.