History

PAST TOUR ROUTES:

1992
Seattle, WA to Oakland, CA (900 miles)
1993
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Bismarck, ND
(575 miles)
1994
Stowe, VT to Halifax, Novia Scotia, Canada
(600 miles)
1995
Mt. Airy, NC to Hilton Head, SC (615 miles)
1996
St. Ignace, MI to Cleveland, OH (600 miles)
1997
Coeur d’Alene, ID to Salt Lake City, UT (975 miles)
1998
Guildford to Birmingham, England (450 miles)
1999
Albany, NY to Stamford, CT  (550 miles)
2000
Williamsburg, VA to Baltimore, MD (550 miles)
2001
Minneapolis, MN to Milwaukee, WI (500 miles)
2002
Seattle, WA to Vancouver, BC, Canada (585 miles)
2003
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Watertown, NY Burlington, VT, Montreal, PQ, Canada (575 miles)
2004
Philadelphia, PA to Pittsburgh, PA (425 miles)
2005
The Natchez Trace Jackson, MI to Nashville, TN
(470 miles)
2006
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada to Minneapolis, MN
(525 miles)
2007
Sacramento to San Jose, CA (520 miles)
2008
Indianapolis, IN to St. Louis, MO (470 miles)
2009
Tinton Falls, NJ to Providence, RI (500 miles)
2010
Chicago, IL to Chicago, IL (450 miles)
2011
Virginia Beach, VA to Washington, D.C. (480 miles)
2012
Banks, OR to Portland, OR (590 miles)
2013
Niagara Falls, ON to Toronto, ON (575 miles)
2014
Milwaukee, WI to Milwaukee, WI (583 miles)
2015
Orlando, FL to Ft. Lauderdale, FL (567 miles)
2016
Charlotte, NC to Charlotte, NC (610 miles)

Tour des Trees was born as an idea–a dream, really–in the minds of a few arborists at the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) conference in Philadelphia in 1991. They were looking for a way to create a growing source of funds for the ISA Research Trust, now known as TREE Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), to support the very necessary research and education required to keep urban trees healthy and beautiful. Their dream was to use their passion for cycling as a means for promoting their love of trees.

The first Tour des Trees began a year later with 13 riders setting off from Seattle, WA, and ended over 900 miles later in Oakland, CA. It was a great success, and the beginning of a growing tradition. The Tour des Trees has continued to spread the word in places such as Great Britain, along the East Coast and Canada, throughout the Northern Plains and the Midwest, into the Deep South and along the Pacific Northwest and California coasts. 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Tour des Trees to benefit TREE Fund.

Over the thousands of miles, the Tour des Trees has been the primary means by which TREE Fund has secured a $3.0 million research and education endowment, issued over $3.0 million in direct program grants since 2002, and educated millions of people throughout North America on the importance of our urban forest. Tour participants have reaped additional rewards as well:

  • Working with others to make the world a better place
  • Building lifelong friendships
  • Achieving personal goals
  • Networking with others, leading to professional opportunities
  • Exploring beautiful and interesting places
  • Having FUN!

The Tour des Trees has proven to be an event that marries a passion for cycling with a passion for the environment. It brings together people from different professions and backgrounds to support a common love of urban trees.