The Story of One Family's Visit to the Trees

01 September, 2016

Marilyn Fike lived a life full of love, family and adventures. When she passed away in 2014, Marilyn's daughter Melissa organized a Custom Grove.  
After many friends and family members contributed, Marilyn's Grove ended up with 90 trees in Mendocino National Forest in California. It was a total pleasure to work with this family as we shared a lot of correspondence about the grove and their planned visit over the course of the last two years.
On Father's Day weekend of this year, 10 of Marilyn's family and friends from all over the western U.S. made a pilgrimage to see her trees. Below is part of the story shared with us by Dick, Marilyn's husband of 60 years.  Photos were shared by Melissa.
"Saturday June 18th family and friends gathered at Granzella's in Williams. Melissa totally surprised me with a memorial pictorial book depicting Marilyn's life chronologically.  It is beautiful!  I was a blubbering mess for a long time.

Sunday morning we set off in two 4 wheel drive SUV's. It was a joy to find some of Marilyn's trees.  The natural rejuvenation of the forest surprised me.  Mother Nature is wonderful!  The trees are thriving.   It was a Grand Experience for everyone!

Monday we went home; some to Seattle, one to Forestville, two to Sebastopol, two to Pleasant Hill, two to Sacramento and two to San Jose.  

And it was Father's Day - certainly the best I've ever had and will never forget.

As I said in the beginning, this all was possible because of your vision.  
Bless you and thank you!"

Dick Fike

Tree Babies Planted in Tahoe National Forest

23 August, 2016

memorial tree babyTrees ordered from us between April 2015 - March 2016 were recently planted in Tahoe National Forest this summer.                                                                                                             Click HERE to check out our baby tree photos and maps of the planting location.  We gave the tree babies lots of love on our visit :)

7th Annual Tree Photo Contest!

18 April, 2016

It's time for our 7th Annual Tree Photo Contest!  Yay!
We like to commemorate Arbor Day every year by having a contest to celebrate the
beauty of trees.  Anyone can enter, and you would win $100, $50 or $35 credit at Trees for a Change  as a prize!       

Learn more HERE       Please share with friends! 

Check out some of the amazing photos that have been submitted in years past.  Here are just a few:
Christina DiPietro Contest-Photo3 Contest-Photo4 christopher Contest-Photo5  Contest-Photo6Contest-Photo7
 megan  Contest-Photo8 jan Contest-Photo9

Welcome to our new Order Processor, Michelle :)

31 March, 2016

MichelleWe're thrilled to have Michelle Barnes join the Trees for a Change team. If you order any kind of Tree Gift, chances are Michelle will be the one processing and shipping your order. She sometimes helps with customer service, too.
Michelle-familyWhen she's not lovingly preparing your Tree Gifts, she can be found painting in her studio, dressing up her dachshund, or hanging out with her family, and she's probably wearing a tie dyed shirt she made herself (she's quite the artist!)
Michelle brings outstanding enthusiasm, attention to detail, and a caring heart to our organization. We are beyond happy to have her!

Guest Post: Everything You Need for The Perfect Wedding

07 October, 2015

By Natasha Austero, a professional wedding planner. 

wedding shoes

We all know that there are some huge decisions to be made when you are planning your wedding: what kind of venue will you choose? Where should you shop to find the perfect dress? What will you do about music? How will you choose the cake? But what many brides and grooms-to-be don’t realize is that there are many small decisions that will go into your wedding as well. What truly makes for a beautiful, unique, and memorable wedding is supreme attention to detail. Does the thought of more planning make you feel overwhelmed? Don’t worry—we’ve got the breakdown of what it takes to make your wedding stand out from the rest.

Stand Out with Personalized Details

Your wedding is a chance to make a statement, celebrate your marriage and, above all, have fun with your family and friends. One way to help your wedding feel more “you” is through personalized details that will express your love and stand out to your guests. I love online retailer Gracious Bridal for their beautiful wedding décor and supplies. From personalized cake toppers to custom coasters, your options are myriad. To get you started, one adorable option is custom napkins. They’re functional, of course, but they are also sweet and stylish. Choose a bright, spirited design for a bridal shower, then opt for something more elegant for your wedding reception. Personalized napkins give you a chance to add your wedding date, names, and even lines of text if you’d like to include a special message to your guests. Play around with the design and be sure to have some fun.

Personalized match boxes are another high-style option for customizing your wedding: they can be practical favors for your guests to slip into their pockets and purses, utilized during your sparkler send off, or even used by groomsmen to light up a celebratory cigar after the couple says I do. Whether your wedding theme is sleek and modern or ornate and romantic, you’ll be sure to find the perfect design, shape, and message to utterly charm your guests.


Send Off Guests with Unique Favors

Wedding favors have long been a part of wedding tradition, so the chance to leave your guests something truly unique can be tricky. One amazing trend that we’re completely on board with is using the wedding favor as a chance to do some good in the world. Trees for a Change is based on the lovely idea that with each customized card that you purchase, a portion of the profit is set aside to plant a native-species tree in a fire-damaged forest. The cards themselves are eco-friendly, and can be printed with the bride and groom’s photo and a special message. On the opposite side of the card, guests will learn that a tree has been planted on their behalf. All in all, it’s a wonderful symbol of life and growth that’s perfect for celebrating your new life together!

Introducing our New Website!

02 September, 2015

As of September 1st 2015, we've got a brand NEW website!  
Check it out at

New features:
*Sign up for a Customer Account for faster checkout
*Improved Find Your Tree features
*Read and write product Reviews
~Tree Quote~
"Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing 'Embraceable You' in spats."        ~Woody Allen

Tree Updates & Photos

16 July, 2015

Tree Photo Contest Winners!  
Our Annual Arbor Day Tree Photo contest was a lot of fun this year- thank you to all who participated.
Lea Goode-Harris
1st Place: Lea Goode-Harris
Kathleen Quinn
2nd Place:   Kathleen Quinn
Linda Saxon
Tied for 3rd Place: Linda Saxon
Michaela McGivern
    Tied for 3rd Place: Michaela McGivern
New Tree Photos on our website!
We planted 3036 longleaf pines in 
Blackwater River State Forest in Longleaf-pinesFlorida earlier this year.
Due to wildfires and extensive hurricane damage, Blackwater River is home to struggling populations of red cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises and Florida black bears.
The trees we planted there will help restore the forest and habitat for the critter.
~Tree Quote~
"Going to the woods is going home."
        -John Muir

Photo Contest-- VOTE NOW!

21 April, 2015

VOTE for your favorite photos...

Cornelia Wagner
2014 Winner - Cornelia Wagner

6th Annual Tree Photo Contest

07 April, 2015

National Arbor Day is April 24th this year. We celebrate by having a tree photo contest.  We love getting so many unique and creative photos from people all over the U.S. each year. Folks send in photos taken on vacation, on hikes, and even photos from their own yards.  Nature is amazing, right?

Share your TREE LOVE by emailing us a JPG version of your most awesome photo of a tree and you could win a $35, $50 or $100 credit with us. See details below.

Cornelia Wagner
2014 Winner - Cornelia Wagner

Contest Fine Print: Just say NO to sending us a photo you found on the internet. Please make sure the photo is one you took yourself, that the main object in the photo is a tree or trees, that it is a photo rather than a painting or diarama or macarame fruit holder in the shape of a tree, that it doesn't have any copyright restrictions on it, and that you email it by midnight Pacific time, Monday April 20th to

We reserve the right to not post your photo for voting if one or more of these conditions aren't met. You may submit more than one photo, but we will choose only one photo per person to post for voting.

You may send us a photo you have entered in our contest in the past, but you must not have been a winner with that photo, and you can only enter a photo you've entered before one time.

An email will be sent out announcing voting has opened on our Random Tree Fun page- HERE on April 21st, and will close at 6pm Pacific time, April 23rd. Winners will be announced there on Arbor Day- April 24th and also included in an email newsletter. We reserve the right to stop accepting photos before April 20th if we receive more than 30 entries, and we reserve the right to use your photo on our website and in our email newsletters, but the photo still belongs to you and we will credit the photo to your name once voting has closed.

The 3rd place winner receives $35 credit, 2nd place receives $50 credit, and 1st place receives a $100 credit toward any Tree Gifts, which can be planted in the name of the winner or someone of their choosing. Winners will receive an email by May 1st with details about how to redeem their prize. Prizes must be redeemed within one year.

Feel free to share with friends!

Cyber Thursday Message

16 November, 2014

OK, you're right. 
There is no such thing as "Cyber Thursday."
But we wanted an excuse to send you a coupon!
Amongst all the holiday buying craziness that seems to encourage us to overspend, over stress, and just purchase more and more "stuff," we wanted to share the friendly reminder that there ARE alternatives.
Dedicating a tree as a holiday gift is the perfect low cost, low stress, low stuff present.
Please consider supporting Trees for a Change when you do your shopping this year.  
When you support us, you'll thrill someone with a very special gift and at the same time you'll support the forest, the critters that live there, and those of us who benefit from trees. Which, um, is pretty much all of us.  
Please consider giving Trees for a Change.  
Every single tree makes a difference.  
Thank you and happy holidays to you!
~Kim, Elizabeth and the TFC team
Trees for a Change Holiday Gift Options
Personalized Tree Gifts
Personalized Tree Gifts                          $35 & up
~For friends and family
~A unique and personal gift
~Multiple trees and frames available
Tree Gift Cards                                   $15 or $56/4Tree Gift Cards
~A great stocking stuffer
~Ideal for party gifts, teachers, friends
~Never expire- use them anytime
Business Gifts                                           $15 & upBusiness Gifts
~Unique holiday client gifts
~Several customization options
~Large quantity discounts
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