Free Tree Seedling Giveaway
Seedlings are now sold out. Please check back mid-March of 2024 to order seedlings next year.
If you placed a seedling order this year, you can pick up your order on Friday, May 5, 2023 from 9am to 4pm. Due to limited staffing, we cannot accommodate early pickups and we cannot hold seedlings for later pickup. Sorry!
About Our Seedling Giveaway
Hedstrom Lumber Company has given out over 600,000 tree seedlings to Cook County property owners & renters since 1997. The Seedling Giveaway Program is a much-anticipated Cook County springtime event every year and for many folks, the event heralds the end of snow season and the beginning of the growing season!
We will begin taking orders around mid-March each year for red pine, white pine, and white spruce seedlings cultivated by PRT Growers at their Brighton, MI nursery and kept in cold storage at their Hayward, WI storage facility. A typical seedling is 6-12″ tall and includes a small soil plug to protect the roots.
Up to 250 seedlings per household are available to Cook County property owners and renters (mix and match varieties as you like, no minimum order). Seedlings are first-come, first serve and only online orders are allowed due to limited office staffing. Seedlings are typically 100% spoken for by mid-April, and the actual giveaway event is typically Friday of the first full week of May from 9am-4pm.
Due to limited staffing, we cannot take early orders, we cannot accommodate early pickups, and we cannot hold seedlings for later pickup. Sorry!
For information about native Minnesota trees, identifying characteristics, and to order additional seedlings or other types of seedlings click below to visit the MN DNR.
Planting & Growing
For planting and growing tips, please visit the University of Minnesota Extension here.
For help with planting and growing trees in Cook County, click below to contact the Extension office at the Community Center.
Private Forest Management
For help learning to manage your woodlands and what resources are available for private forest management, click below to contact the Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District.
For landowner support and protective fencing grants, click below to visit the North Shore Forest Collaborative.
About Our Seedlings
For more information about the company that grows our seedlings, click below to visit PRT.