LEESPORT and TAMAQUA, Pa. — Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program of Berks and Schuylkill counties is hosting its 3rd 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.
Orders are being accepted now through August 31, 2022. Pick-up day is Friday, September 30, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at one of two pre-selected locations:
Berks County: Berks County 4-H Center, 1206 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533
Schuylkill County: Hometown Farmers Market, 125 Mahanoy Ave., Rt. 54, Tamaqua, PA 18252
Order link: http://tinyurl.com/MWS-2022TreeSale
Learn more about the tree sale by visiting 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 at http://tinyurl.com/MWS-2022TreeSale. To place an order by phone, please call 1-877-345-0691, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Not Sure Where to Start? Register for a Free Q&A Webinar
The Master Watershed Stewards are also offering a free webinar to outline native tree and shrub species suitable for a wide range of conditions. “There’s something for every spot in your yard,” Zerbe says. “It’s all about the right plant at the right place.”
Register for the Q&A webinar here: https://extension.psu.edu/master-watershed-steward-q-a-for-native-tree-and-shrub-sale
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@example.com.
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.
–Penn State Extension