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How can you be part of OAKtober?

  • Host an oak workday. Individuals can help to remove invasive species to improve growing conditions for an oak ecosystem. Or plant, water, and mulch oak trees.
  • Sponsor a campout. Individuals and families can camp under the oaks and learn about the history of our region and the importance that oaks play.
  • Lead a walk through an oak woodland. Help participants notice all of the wildlife and plants that make up the oak ecosystem.
  • Host a talk. Have a local oak expert give a public talk and invite your organization’s members, and their friends and neighbors.
  • Collect acorns and plant them in pots.  Plan to plant them out into the community or parks in a few years.
  • Find your largest oak. Identify the largest oak tree in your community or park, determine its approximate age and introduce community members to the tree and its history.
  • Host an OAKtober beer or wine fest.
  • Engage the local schools. Encourage students to write essays or create posters on the importance of oaks to our communities and our ecosystems.
  • Hug an oak tree!
  • Check out these oak-y resourcesThese resources from our partners can help you promote oaks and oak ecosystems.
  • Follow us on Twitter @ChicagoRTI and post pics, messages, and events using the #OAKtober tag!

***Want to take your event to the next level? Register your event with National NeighborWoods® Month to get free gear***

Join the effort and memorialize your event.  Take pictures and send them to so we can post them on CRTI website and in local, regional and state-wide newspapers and social media.  Let us know what you are doing so we can all celebrate our collective action.  Be part of our first ever OAKtober celebration!

Register your event with Melissa Custic, Chicago Region Tree Initiative Coordinator at so we can track the statewide effort to support our oaks.  Happy OAKtober!


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