The Ames Foundation will facilitate the planting of roughly 80 – 100 trees in the Southdale Neighborhood on Saturday, May 19. We will meet at Kate Mitchell Elementary at 8:30 a.m. and participate in a brief planting demo at 8:45 a.m. Volunteers will work in teams under the direction of a supervisor. 

Each team will have the opportunity to plant approximately 10 trees. Please email Anne Nelson at or 515.520.7529 if you would like to participate. Details/guidance will follow closer to the event date. 

Please note: 

  • While holes will be pre-dug and trees pre-placed, we encourage volunteers to bring shovels and gloves to move dirt and mulch. 
  • Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended for this activity. 
  • In the event of rain, the planting date/time WILL NOT change. To learn more about the project and/or to donate to this effort, please visit The Ames Foundation website at