Bringing Back the American Chestnut Tree and Restoration of Native Food Forests

 2021 Planting Events 

Graver Arboretum American Chestnut Plant

Sun, April 18th, 10am - 4pm

The Lee and Virginia Graver Arboretum of Muhlenberg College, 1581 Bushkill Center Rd, Bath, PA 18014.


10 am - Opening Ceremony
10;30am - Educational Presentations
11am - 4pm - Tree Planting, Tagging, Site Maintenance. Closing


This event is part of the Bringing Back the American Chestnut Tree Project

Sun, July 25th, 10am - 2pm

Bayonet Farm, 41 Middletown Road, Holmdel, NJ

We invite children, adults and volunteers to join us on this day to plant Paw Paw Trees!  The event is free. Community service credit and scout merit badge credit are available. Please RSVP by July 15th at if you are planning to attend.

10 am - We meet by the Red Barn for educational presentations
11 am - We move to the planting site (about 1 mile from the entrance) for planting

This event is part of the Restoration of Native Food Forests Project, and is hosted in partnership with CILU and Holmdel Township

Join us for Tree Inspections, Monitoring, Scientist Citizen Projects:

Our next round of inspections is happening in July of 2021 in Mt. Olive, NJ, Bath, PA, Bangor, PA and Emmaus, PA.  Volunteers and interns are invited to contact the Project Coordinator, Joseph Resch, to participate:  

For Families, Children, Scout Groups and Volunteers:

We invite Volunteers, Students and Scout Groups to Join our Planting Events. We also invite children and students to participate as citizen scientists in tracking the trees' health and growth.  To receive updates about our work with American Chestnut Trees, and participate in the planting events and tree inspections, please email us with your contact information and availability at

For High School and Undergraduate-Level Students:

Students are invited to participate in the American Chestnut Conservation Field Course. The course will be held in September and October of 2021 and comprised of four field sessions and four online sessions. The course is intended for students wishing to gain foundational knowledge about the history and plight of the American Chestnut tree, tree care and maintenance, as well as the trees' importance in in the Northeastern ecosystem, the impact of its demise on other species, and symbiotic relationships with companion plans and fungi.  Each lesson will include a set task and eight assignments.  The course will have assessment tests built in.  For More Information, Click Here.