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The primary goals of the Native Canopy Educational Program are to both increase the number of native trees and plants in Palm Beach County and to improve local awareness of their importance.  Tree canopies provide many benefits including shading, cooling, community beautification, reduced erosion, and absorption of carbon dioxide (a global warming gas).  They also provide food and shelter for wildlife.  Appropriate landscape plantings and their best management can conserve water, improve water quality in your neighborhood and beyond, and reduce the need for insecticides, fungicides and herbicides.  The program is funded by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and is collaboratively overseen by the University of Florida/IFAS, Palm Beach County Extension Service Department and the Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management Department. 

The heart of the program is a free native plant giveaway to residential households, along with supporting information and educational presentations.

New application dates have been scheduled and begin at 12:00 Noon, West Palm Beach time on the following days.  The link to applications will remain open until monthly inventories are gone.  We expect that available quantities will be exhausted quickly each month.  Check back frequently for additional application dates!

  • Saturday, December 5, 2020
  • Saturday, January 9, 2021

    Palm Beach County residents can APPLY HERE.  The link will direct you to a short instructional video and application instructions.  Watch the video and fill out the application to receive a plant voucher that can be redeemed at any of our participating nurseries.

    There is an annual limit of one plant voucher for two free 3-gallon native plants per Palm Beach County household, while funding lasts.


Fact Sheets to Help You Succeed!


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Calendar of Free Plant Giveaways & Other Events

Lunch and Learn Series

Additional Valuable Information


UF/IFAS Palm Beach County
531 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL  33415

Office Open: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, excluding holidays

Native Canopy Webpage
Environmental Resources Management Department
Cooperative Extension Services Department