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Tree Stewards

September Storm Damage –

Your donation today will help our trees recover!

Sadly, an early September snowstorm damaged many of Chautauqua’s beloved trees. The cost of replacing these trees will be substantial, as is the ongoing cleanup, now estimated at nearly $25,000. With Chautauqua already struggling financially from restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn, this additional expense comes at a very difficult time. Please consider donating to the Chautauqua Tree Steward Fund knowing that your gift will help us care for Chautauqua’s injured trees and preserve these living treasures for future generations. Thank you and please know that your gift is very much appreciated.

Some of the Chautauqua trees damaged by the September 2020 storm

Chautauqua Tree Programs

Make a powerful gesture of hope in the future. Give the gift of Trees at Chautauqua!

The historic Chautauqua grounds are covered with almost 500 trees of every variety. Today, 30 percent of that tree canopy is threatened by the Emerald Ash Borer.
Help preserve and sustain the natural beauty of Chautauqua for generations to come by becoming a Tree Steward. Tree Steward contributions help plant new trees and treat and remove trees

General Tree Steward Fund

Donations of any size are welcome and make a difference! Donations to the Tree Steward General Fund will be used where the need is greatest and may include tree treatment, removal, or planting of new trees on CCA-managed property.

Plant a New Tree
$1000 per tree

Honor someone special, commemorate a birthday, wedding or graduation, create a special spot to return to on our campus – or simply plant a timely seed of hope in these challenging times. Tree stewards make a living gift to Chautauqua and the surrounding community that marks the seasons for decades.

Your contribution will be used to purchase trees to be planted on CCA-managed property within Zones 1-6 of the Colorado Chautauqua (see map) and cared for by CCA grounds personnel. Contributions for one or more trees are gratefully accepted. Your generosity will be acknowledged in the list of Tree Donors on this page. When the tree is planted, a virtual marker acknowledging your donation will be available on an interactive map available at

Although tree orders are accepted year-round, trees will only be planted in the spring or fall to give the trees the best chance to survive. The CCA horticulturist and forester will select the appropriate trees for specific sites within the park. Trees may include the 15 species featured in the slideshow above.

Trees are currently being planted in Zones 2 and 3. All trees are 2” caliper trees or larger. Once the trees are planted, donors will receive a notice of the location of their tree and it will be posted on a virtual map on

Tree Donors

In honor of the Texas Chautauquans, past, present and future

- Margaret Ryder and Lamar and Anne Clemons

In Memory of Jan C. Otto

- Joanne Otto

In fond memory of Karen Ripley Dugan

- Cynthia Schmidt

- Huey Kenyon Family

Tree Varieties at Chautauqua


Native Rocky Mountain Glow Maple / Acer Grandidentatum


Concolor Fir / Abies Concolor


Autumn Blaze Maple / Acer X Freemanii


Emerald Queen Norway Maple / Acer Platanoides


Silver Maple / Acer Saccharinum


Autumn Splendor Ohio Buckeye / Aesculus Glabra


Native Ponderosa Pine / Pinus Ponderosa


Western Catalpa / Catalpa Speciosa


Kentucky Coffeetree / Gymnocladus Dioicus


Panicled Golden Rain Tree / Koelreuteria Paniculata


Native Colorado Spruce / Picea Pungens


Native Douglas Fir / Pseudotsuga Menziesii


Swamp White Oak / Quercus Bicolor


Northern Red Oak / Quercus Rubra


Sterling Silver Linden / Tilia Tomentosa


(See Larger Interactive Map)

Tree Steward General Fund Donors

In honor of Anne Berlucchi and Andrew Loy

- Steve and Michelle Rodriguez

- Ellen Steiner