Sign Up to Volunteer with the Norfolk Soil Sponge Project!

Are you interested in helping the Norfolk Soil Sponge Project with community engagement (graphic design, social media, person to person contact), site selection, or manual labor? 

Sign up using the form below and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

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What do we mean by site selection?

When we say “site selection” what we really mean is using this geographic information systems (GIS) data to determine which parcels in Norfolk are the highest priority and where exactly on those parcels we should focus on.

The image above was created using GIS data from the City of Norfolk. It shows residential building and driveway footprints, along with property boundaries, sidewalks, and roads. The green tree icons represent trees under the management of the City of Norfolk. The shaded green boxes represent existing tree cover.

Financially Support the Soil Sponge Project


With your support, we can purchase more trees and the supplies essential to make this project a success.


Our Phase 1 Project Budget is $7,200 and it runs from March through the end of June.


  1. Site Preparation – $4,000
  2. Logistics / Supplies – $1,500
  3. Marketing – $1,000
  4. Initial 400 trees – $700


Our phase two project budget is $10,000. During this part of the project, we will be investing in seasonable vegetable gardens in our community to continue addressing flooding and climate change while also combatting food insecurity. This phase runs from June through the end of October.


  1. Site Preparation – $5,000
  2. Logistics / Supplies – $2,000
  3. Grants for vegetable plants / seed starting – $2,000
  4. Marketing – $1,000

What Kind of trees are we talking about?

We believe in being as transparent as possible. Below is the actual order we placed with the Virginia Department of Forestry and the delivery date of April 3rd, 2022.

Product Quantity Price
Buttonbush, Common 1-0 (Cephalanthus occidentalis) 100 $120.00
Birch, River 1-0 (Betula nigra) 100 $120.00
Dogwood, White 1-0 (Cornus florida) 100 $125.00
Oak, Overcup 1-0 (Quercus lyrata) 100 $130.00
Subtotal: $495.00
Shipping: $173.25 via UPS
Tax: $35.42
Total: $703.67

Delivery Date: 3 April, 2023