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4/18/2019 Member News
Trees Forever Showcases New Building

After 30 years of renting, Trees Forever has purchased a building and is proud to show the community its new home during a special open house event.

On Tuesday, April 23, Trees Forever and the Marion Chamber Ambassadors will hold a ribbon cutting, tree planting and open house at Trees Forever’s new location, 80 W 8th Ave. in Marion.

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Tree Giveaway
4:30 p.m. Ribbon Cutting and Tree Planting
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Pizza from Lincoln Winebar
5:00 & 5:30 p.m. Building Tours
5 & 5:30 p.m. Kids Scavenger Hunt

“This new building represents a whole new era for Trees Forever!” Trees Forever CEO Shannon Ramsay said. “The new building will help us provide more training to our volunteers, help us better demonstrate our mission as environmental stewards, and is an important step towards long-term financial security.”

During the open house, Trees Forever will be giving trees away to several lucky individuals. This family friendly event will include a scavenger hunt for kids, building tours and refreshments.

“We’re excited to show people how this space will benefit everyone we work with!” Communications and Marketing Manager Jackie Wedeking said. “We’re now next to a park, and our landscaping will eventually be replaced with native trees and plants to demonstrate our work. Also our Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor TreeKeeper classes are currently underway in our new volunteer training center, and with new audio/visual equipment, we hope to expand a similar curriculum to areas we couldn’t reach before thanks to video conference technology.”

Trees Forever is a national nonprofit based out of Marion, Iowa. In 2018 alone, Trees Forever worked with 5,068 volunteers and planted 46,784 plants, trees and shrubs.

“Every time a donor chips in, we become one step closer to the day when we have no mortgage—and as a result, we have more money to put trees in the ground," said Brad Morgan, Past Board Chair.

Trees Forever’s open house is part of Earth Week Blitz, a week full of tree-related activities. For more information, go to