We love trees. We love planting them and watching them grow. We want to give every child this joy.
Neighborhood Forest was founded in 2010 by Vikas Narula. When he was a college student in the early 1990s at Maharishi International University (Fairfield, Iowa), he was introduced to a free tree project started by David Kidd of Ohio. Vikas and his college friends adopted the program and gave away tens of thousands of trees to school children across southeast Iowa.
Shortly after graduating from college, Vikas moved to Minneapolis. Years later, when his first son was entering kindergarten, Vikas decided to rekindle his college love of giving trees to schoolchildren and started Neighborhood Forest. It has turned into a family affair with his wife, Mom, brother, sons (and dog!) involved in running and growing the program.
What started with 4 schools in Minneapolis has grown to over 900 schools, libraries, and youth groups in 48 states across America and Canada. Our goal is to reach every child in North America and, eventually, the world.