Plant a Tree in Israel with Your Own Hands


Please note: Tree planting must be coordinated with KKL-JNF in advance.

About Planting a Tree in Israel


"And when come into the land, and plant all kinds of trees…" (Leviticus, 19:23)

KKL-JNF invites you to plant a tree with you own hands in the land of Israel.

In honor of this unique experience, you will receive a beautiful tree planting certificate and a copy of the special Planter's Prayer.

Your connection to Israel will be rooted deeply in the land, and will last forever. 

Since 1901, KKL-JNF has planted over 240 million trees in Israel. This work is just as important today as it ever was.

Trees remind us of our roots and of our intrinsic potential to grow and reach great heights.Plant a tree with your own hands, and leave roots that will flourish and help contribute to a greener, better tomorrow.

KKL-JNF has two tree planting centers, one located in Nachshon Forest in the Judean Lowlands, and the second, for tourists visiting the Galilee, is located near the Golani Junction, in the Lavi forest, near Tiberias.

Plant a Tree in Lavie Forest

The Golani Tree Planting Center is located near the Golani junction in KKL-JNF's Lavie Forest, on the cross-road between Tiberias and Nazareth, in the Lower Galilee. Lavie Forest expands over an area of some 3,000 dunam, and was developed with the help of KKL-JNF Friends worldwide.

Visitors plant one year old saplings which are specially grown and tended to in KKL-JNF nurseries. KKL-JNF foresters water the saplings and tend to them for a defined period of time, in order to help them survive, take root and acclimatize.This beautiful forest comprises of conifers, pines, eucalyptus, olive trees, carob trees and fig trees. There are rest stops and picnic areas throughout the woodlands, including special wheelchair accessible facilities for the disabled.

The forest is a refreshing and uplifiting stopover for visitors en route to and from Galilee. Additional places of interest in Lavi forest include an archaeological park, the Olive Recreation Area, the South Africa Recreation Area, a Field Education Center, and the KKL-JNF regional tree nursery.


Lavie Forest. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive


Planting in Lavie Forest. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

How to get to the Golani Planting Center


Our northern tree-planting center is located near the busy Golani junction, in the Lavi Forest, on the cross road of Tiberias and Nazareth.

Directions:

Drive 400 meters south from the Golani junction along Route #65 and turn left into the Lavi forest. Continue straight until you arrive at the KKL-JNF office.
 

Plant a Tree in Nachshon Forest

Nestled in the hills overlooking the breathtaking biblical landscape of the Judean Lowlands, situated between Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh, is the tree planting center in Nachshon Forest.

The site encompasses an area of some 60 acres, and is planted with local species of trees, such as Carob, Terebinth, Christ-thorn-Jujube and conifers.

Visitors plant one year old saplings which are specially grown and tended to in KKL-JNF nurseries. KKL-JNF foresters water the saplings and tend to them for a defined period of time, in order to help them survive, take root and acclimatize.

The Tree Planting Center is an integral part of the Nahshon Forest,  which covers an area of 875 acres.  A large part of this forest, Yaar Hamaginim - The Defenders Forest, is dedicated to the fallen Israeli Soldiers. The forest and center borders with the villages of Karmei Yosef, Kefar Bin Nun and Bakoa.

Nachshon forest offers many picturesque hiking and cycling trails. Part of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem cycling trail goes through this area.

The forest is also an excellent base to visit Tel Gezer, an ancient archeological site.

Some more recommended sites in the vicinity: Hulda Forest and Herzl House, the Sculpture Road at Yaar Hanassi (commemorating Israel's first president Haim Weizman), the Ayalon-Canada Park, Yitzhak Rabin Park, Eshtaol Forest, Latrun site, Latrun Trappist Monastery, the Armored Core Memorial, Mini Israel, and more.
 


Nachshon Planting Center. Photo: Yoav Devir


The Defenders' Forest. Photo: KKL-JNF Archive

How to get to the Nachshon Planting Center

 
Travelling from Jerusalem: (approx. 20 minutes drive from Jerusalem)
 
 
  • Go on Highway no. 1, from Jerusalem towards Tel Aviv until Latrun Junction.

 

  • At Latrun turn right and then left in order to drive on Route no. 3 towards the Armored Corps Museum and to Moshav Bako'a.

 

  • Keep on driving to the north on Route no. 3, approx. 1 mile after Bako'a (see brown sign: Hamaginim –Defenders Forest).

 

  • Turn right at the brown sign that says Hamaginim - Defenders Forest

 

  • Turn right to the unpaved road and follow the direction signs all the way to the KKL-JNF Tree Planting center at Nachshon Forest.

 

Travelling from Tel Aviv: (approx. 30 minutes drive from Jerusalem)

 

  • Go on Highway no. 1, from Tel Aviv towards Jerusalem until Latrun Junction.

 

  • At Latrun, turn right and drive on Route no. 3 towards the Armored Corps Museum and to Moshav Bako'a.

 

  • Keep on driving to the north on Route no. 3, approx. 1 mile after Bako'a (see brown sign: Hamaginim –Defenders Forest).

 

  • Turn right at the brown sign that says Hamaginim - Defenders Forest

 

  • Turn right to the unpaved road and follow the direction signs all the way to the KKL-JNF Tree Planting center at Nachshon Forest.