California Native Plant Society

Adopt an Oak!

Blue oak
Acorns sent in by community members

In October, 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.

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 (PDF) guides to help you complete this form.

To get started, please send us the following information. We'll respond immediately with more information. Thank you!

* required fields
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  This address is where I plan to plant.
(If you will plant elsewhere, please include the address or location in the comments below.)

I am:*
An individual interested in planting on my property/in my home
A school group/teacher interested in planting with students
A nursery/restoration group
A regional organization able to do larger scale acorn plantings
A property owner who would like to have volunteers plant on my property (50+ trees)

Type of planting I would like to do:*
Plant directly in the ground now
Grow acorns in pots so I can plant seedlings outside in the Fall

Number of Trees I would like to plant/have space for (suggested spacing is 20-30 feet apart outside):*
Less than 10 trees

*If you have any trouble with this form, or do not receive a reply by email within a few minutes, please email the information requested in the form above (name, address, city, zip, email) to . You should receive more information immediately, and we will respond to questions as soon as we can.


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
Photo credit: Ger Erickson

You Can Make a Difference!

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


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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


Blue oak
Photo credit: Ger Erickson

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