The River Forest Park District welcomes your interest in the Memorial Tree Donation Program. A Memorial Tree can be purchased and planted to commemorate people, organizations, or special events in most of the parks. Trees can also be donated without a memorial, if so desired.

All Memorial Tree donations will be commemorated with a 4" X 6" personalized plaque of up to 39 characters, located at the base of the tree. Plaques of 40-53 characters will require an extra $15 charge. Trees can be purchased anytime; however, planting will only take place in the Spring and Fall. All trees are guaranteed for 10 years. In the event your tree dies, a new tree of the same variety and size as originally planted will be installed by the Park District.


The Park District will assist you in selecting a tree and a planting location in a park of your choice. Please note that park locations availability may vary from time to time. We will let you know at the time of placing the order if a location is not available for planting.

Ginkgo: A native tree to the Midwest. Exotic open growing tree that is one of the oldest tree species known in the world. The unique fan-shaped leaves turn a brilliant yellow in the Fall. Matures over 70 feet.

Sugar Maple: A native tree to the Midwest. This landscape standout is know for its outstanding Fall colors of yellow, orange, and scarlet. Matures over 70 feet.

Northern Red Oak: A native tree to the Midwest. This large, symmetrical and colorful tree is well suited for parks. Bristle-tipped leaves turn red in the Fall. This tree grows up to 2 feet per year it's first 10 years of growth. Medium growth rate. Stately appearance. Dark red Fall color. Matures over 70 feet.

Swamp White Oak: A native tree to the Midwest. This medium size tree has a symmetrical and rounded crown. Attractive leaves turn yellow in the fall, then brown. Matures over 60 feet.

Princeton Elm: A Dutch Elm Disease resistant hybrid, with many of the qualities of the American Elm Tree. Matures over 80 feet.

Tulip Tree: One of the largest of the native trees of the eastern United States. Known to reach 70 to 100 ft in height. The name Liriodendron is Greek for "lily tree." Also called the Tulip Tree Magnolia. Sometimes referred to by the lumber industry as the Tulip Poplar or Yellow Poplar.

For more information, please contact 708-366-6660 x102.

Click the button below to locate your donated tree and see a photo of the marker:

Find Your Tree

Click the button below to view the Memorial Tree form:

Memorial Tree Form

Click the button below to view the Memorial Tree Donation Program Information:

Memorial Tree Donation Program Information