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Plant It Forward


  • WHEN Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10 a.m.
  • WHERE Morley Field, Balboa Park, Joe Schloss Way, San Diego, CA 92104
  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

Tree lovers of all ages can help Plant It Forward at a new annual event celebrating the birthday of Kate Sessions, the "Mother of Balboa Park." The family-friendly celebration in Morley Field (at Joe Schloss Way) is the perfect opportunity to take a guided tree tour, dig into the park’s horticultural history, learn about the important role trees play in preventing climate change, watch tree-planting demonstrations, and enjoy live music, gourmet food truck fare, and free Kate Sessions birthday cake under the park’s forest canopy.

The day’s activities include a free opportunity for anyone who signs up in advance to don some gloves and help us plant new trees in the Morley Field area of the park. (Learn more at

Kate Sessions (born Nov. 8, 1857), a horticulturalist and landscape architect, is credited for planting hundreds of trees and flowering plants throughout the park during the late 19th and early 20th century, many of which still thrive today. This new event in her honor continues her remarkable legacy of “planting it forward” by advancing the park’s reforestation efforts and providing hands-on learning opportunities for park champions of all ages.

Plant It Forward is presented by the Balboa Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and is generously sponsored by SDG&E, California ReLeaf, and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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