Dedicate a Redwood Grove
Support through this special program is instrumental in enabling the League to permanently protect and restore redwood forests and invest in building the next generation of redwood caretakers.
Each grove dedication has a unique story. Regardless of the reason for dedicating a redwood grove, the individuals, families and organizations that have named these lands have played an important role in the history of Save the Redwoods League, the state of California, and the redwood forest throughout its range.
Groves are currently available in 19 redwood parks. Some groves can be visited by trail or road, while others are located in the deeper and wilder reaches of the forest. Personalized maps illustrate the location of the available groves, and League staff may be able to accompany you on a visit. Those unable to visit the redwoods may ask the League to designate a grove for them.
Donation amounts vary based on the size and age of the trees, density of forest cover, acreage, accessibility and location of the grove. Grove gifts, which begin at $35,000, may be made in a lump sum, over a period of three years, or by bequest or other form of planned gift. In many parks, a sign bearing the name of the honoree may be placed in the grove.
Gifts to dedicate a redwood grove support our work to purchase and restore redwood forestland, study the redwoods and learn how best to protect them, and teach children and adults about these magical expressions of life. Each dedicated grove has its own unique story. Some people dedicate a grove or tree to memorialize the everlasting love shared between two individuals or a family. Others are established in celebration of a birthday or anniversary. Still others acknowledge the work of a favorite group, organization or hero.
Regardless of the reason for the dedication of a redwood grove or tree, the individuals, families and organizations that have named these lands have played an important role in the history of the League and the state of California.
For more information or to dedicate a grove, contact Megan Derhammer at (415) 820-5809 or MDerhammer@SaveTheRedwoods.org.
Magnificent redwood groves are available for dedication all along the north coast of California, from Big Sur to the Oregon border. Some have small creeks winding quietly through the trees. Others have breathtaking views of the Pacific. Many are easily accessible by trail, and others are tucked into the far reaches of the parks.
Many of the well-known redwoods state parks (SP), state natural reserves (SNR) and state recreation areas (SRA) offer groves for dedication. Your grove may be established in one of the following sites:
- Big Basin Redwoods State Park
- Butano State Park
- Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
- Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
- Grove of the Old Trees
- Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area
- Humboldt Redwoods State Park
- Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
- Limekiln State Park
- Montgomery Woods State Reserve
- Navarro River Redwoods State Park
- Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
- Portola Redwoods State Park
- Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
- Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve
- Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
- Standish-Hickey SRA (external link)
- Wilder Ranch State Park
Since 1921, our members have dedicated more than 1,000 redwood groves in California redwood parks and reserves, and more are added each year. Though often referred to as “Memorial Groves,” these special places are also dedicated to honor living loved ones, families or heroes, or to celebrate significant events such as anniversaries or births. Here is a snapshot of the reasons behind the grove dedications over the last 30 years.
Download the PDF of all Honor Tree and Grove FAQs.
For information on dedicating a single tree please visit SavetheRedwoods.org/HonorTree.