Take the Arbor Day Tree Survey and Win Free Coffee

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The good ol’ Arbor Day Foundation©™ is giving away a year’s worth of free coffee to the first 50 people to finish their tree survey! The chance to win is low, but the prize is high. Daddy like those odds.

After you take their survey, you’ll be given an opportunity most people only dream about – the chance to donate your hard-earned money (“skrilla”, as it were). Even ol’ EcoJoe broke a long miserly streak and donated to this worthy cause.

Update: Many people are reporting that this survey no longer rewards you with trees, so buyer beware!

Posted in contest, free, plants on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 at 8:24 PM.

87 Responses to “Take the Arbor Day Tree Survey and Win Free Coffee”

  1. Charles Ault says:

    I sent a donation of $10 for 10 trees. Haven't heard anything regarding when I should get any of them. Tried to call, but phone doesn't seem to be able to make contact. Would like to know when my trees will arrive. The ground here will be frozen most likely in the next two weeks. Would like to get any of them planted before the big frost.

    C Ault

  2. ecojoe says:

    Charles, I'm in the same boat as you. I was expecting them to send them by now… I'll get in touch with them and see what I can dig up.

  3. Hannah Rees says:

    What chance do I have of being one of the first 50 people to win coffee when I received my survey on Dec. 23 and others have gotten theirs in August……

  4. Monika Tandon says:

    Last year I was supposed to get several trees to be planted, but they never arrived. Maybe the post office planted them. This year I do not want any trees, but I surely like the coffee. I applied as soon as I got the news in the mail. I should be among the 50 early ones.
    Thanks,
    Monika Tandon

  5. Rhonda says:

    I sent a donation $10 8-8-12 and still nothing.Some kind of scam going on.

  6. Angela Fitzgerald says:

    I just received my survey January 4,2012. My mom always told me patience is a virtue. I understand things take time and also you can’t just get a tree and put it in the ground. Every state is different and that means there’s different times to plant things. I think it tells you they won’t mail the trees until the right part of the year for planting in the area you live. I know I should receive mine around spring. I don’t believe this organization is a hoax, considering they have their own web site and phone number. Yes, I am aware that anyone can create but my child’s school went with this company a few years back. Its a real company, things do happen I life, mistakes, like orders getting misplaced. If you feel you have been took advantage of then call them or email them. I personally will throw $10 away to save trees.

  7. Jo Oberg says:

    just received my survey I want to respond and send donation and vouchers but -reading other peoples comments and calling the number which does not seem to work – are you people for real? I do not wish to give my credit cards # to a place that does not seem to respond……..will wait for reply

  8. Sheila says:

    I am among the latest that has not received their trees. I mailed a check out to them January 4th, 2013. Does anyone have a phone number? Only address that I have is 100 ArborAvenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410. Is this address any good? Does anyone have a better address? I am sure the coffee deal is long gone by now. THANKS FOR THE HELP. PS: I sent the vouchers and I did the survey. Help needed in Georgia.

  9. gary l wagner says:

    i would surley take the survey and send $20.00, but i see all these people saying thay didn't recieve anything in return. also i just recieved mine today 3/13 13. unless i am guarenteeded the free items. i'm a no go . please respond and if i'm guarenteeded i will swnd the money.

  10. kathy says:

    Coffee is sure long gone by now. I just got mine in March. Sure glad I checked this out before sending money

  11. kathy says:

    Why do these companies keep taking advantage of us unsuspecting people ?

  12. Moe says:

    I just received my survey today I am a tree lover and know Arbor Day Foundation is a good thing. All the response that I have read is not good. I am sure there is a middle men that is going to take 50-60 % of the money that is sent. I will send my $10.00 because Arbor Day Foundation has good intentions. I wood love to have the trees and shrubs

  13. ecojoe says:

    Hi Jo,

    I thought the same thing, but I called and emailed them, and they said they were just waiting for the right time of the year to send my trees. That's weird their number isn't working now…

  14. VINCE MCLARNEY says:

    Enter text right here!wHERE THE HELL IS THE SURVEY??????????THGIS SUPPOSED TO BE THE SITE BUT IT'S FILLED WITH ABSOLUTE junk ALTHO I WAS GOING TO DONATE , I FEEL MY MONEY IS BETTER SPENT WITH MORE RESPONSIBLE ORGANIZATIONS, dONT WRITE BACK…….EVER

  15. Margaret McAdoo says:

    I recieved my FREE trees but did not get the RED MAPLE as I was promised or the rest of my order ????????????????

  16. Linda Forshey says:

    The day is October 24,2013. sent in $ 10.00 donation. I have not recieved the 10 trees as promise along with the creep myrtle bushes. please respond.

  17. George Frank says:

    In reading the comments it seem to be a scam. Sent in order with ck. for $10.00 in Aug.13. never received
    frees and other thing you promised. George

  18. JOEY says:

    I ALWAYS GET MY TREES HERE IN ALABAMA. THANKS JOHN ROSENOW.MOM LIKES THE TREES I PLANTED AT HER HOME TOO.

  19. Lita says:

    I was all ready to send $10 and wait for trees, but after reading all the comments from people who never got their trees, I'm not going to do it. I love trees, but will spend the $10 to buy myself a tree.

  20. ANN says:

    I WILL NOT SEND IN ANY THING,AFTER READING ALL THESE STATEMENTS FROM THE PEOPLE HERE.

  21. Odell Johnson says:

    I cannot even get the website to accept my survey and donation. I also have not been able to get my name corrected even after speaking to someone over the phone. I will not keep my membership if they do not even care enough to correct the spelling of my name.

  22. Ren says:

    Where is the Survey?

  23. Evelyn Grasse says:

    Thanks for all these posts…I am not bothering with any of it because it sounds like a bunch booha to me. I got the survey, but I think you need to buy or they forget about you.

  24. Kathleen Beaurline says:

    December 24, 2013 I just received the survey and was going to send in my questionnaire and money when I came upon these comments from all the people who have NOT had any response or FREE gifts from Arbor Day Foundation. Thank you to you all for letting us know that this foundation is not backing up what they are promising but they are willing to take our monies and forget their promises.
    ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION OF MINNESOTA – SHAME ON YOU ALL!

  25. Hoppy in Pa. says:

    Was going to send a donation, however after reading all the negative blogs I will put the money towards a tree or bush from my local gardening contractor(s).

  26. Jeanette LeGere says:

    After reading all the other comments I am not going to bother. I think it is all a scam. They want you to send $10.00 and then don't send any trees. A lot of money was made on this scam.

  27. Chantal Morriss says:

    It's Thursday Jan 2nd 10:42pm, I don't like what I'm hearing. I will call them tomorrow and try to reach a real person and get back to all of you.
    Thank You

  28. Mary Taylor says:

    My wife, Mary Taylor has passed away and can no longer be a part ot survey

  29. forest says:

    I hesitate to say this and if I am wrong I will apologize and make a donation and willingly plant any trees the arbor day foundation sends out BUT…. after applying on line yesterday and being told by some one at the phone number that they were sorry but the web site is down right now tnis smacks of another LIBERAL (obamacare) site that was not vetted or even functional but baited for suckers. I would hope this is not true but the site still is not working and from from some comments previously posted trees from 2012 campaign still have not been sent out. Really would like to be proven wrong, BUT…..

  30. Myra Akers says:

    I just completed my survey. Hope the information is helpful.

  31. Chantal Morriss says:

    Well friends, I called this morning and was thanked for the survey, Tyler said that for my zoning area 7-9, that my trees will be sent out the middle of March-beginning of April and that all of the free gifts will be shipped in bulk mail and will arrive within 2-3 weeks. I really hope this company is on the up and up since it is a very worthy cause. I will post again when and if the gifts arrive and then again when and if the trees arrive. Hope this helps. as for the website being down…it wasn't when I filled out the survey last night and wasn't down this morning and like I had mentioned, it was very easy to reach a live person…Thank Goodness!

  32. Rich says:

    Thank all off you for your comments. I just got the entry for the trees and coffee today 1-6-2014. I first filled out the survey and was going to mail it with my $50.00 for the foundation. It is still on my dining room table ready to go with a stamp, but thought I would get on the computer and send it in that way so it would get there faster. Again thank you for your comments,,,,You saved me $50.00 for this SCAM

  33. Tony Garcia says:

    I received the 2014 tree survey today. I sent it via the web site. I also sent a donation of twenty $'s. I can only pray. This is a righteous foundation. If it isn't maybe we can continue to communicate and file a class action suit against them. Im sure by the time planting season rolls along I will have spent a few hundred dollars getting the area ready for planting. IM sure most of you have done the same thing, (right)! Keep in touch rethp37@live.com

  34. Maureen says:

    I've donated twice and never received the trees. So now I question what really happened to the Monday donated.

  35. Jae Clarke says:

    Is this for real? I sent the $10.00 and survey from Utah. It is now April 8, 2014. When do I get the trees/bushes. It is Spring, NOW!!! Jae

  36. Secretary says:

    I'm still waiting on my trees also (April 29). I'm not holding my breath.

  37. Scott P. Goubeaux says:

    No Questionaire here!

  38. Jay H Pistohl says:

    I am about to fill out the survey.

  39. Debby says:

    This is my second year of filling out this survey. The first was about 5 years ago. Same questions. I did receive all the trees. But, it's OK if I do or don't. They are sticks and the chance of them living through a PA winter are not good. Think this time, I will start them in pots. If I don't get the trees, it's a great cause. Stop fracking and plant trees

  40. tkb says:

    tk….just received this for 8/2014..after reading comments, probably don't need the coffee, & I'll just start tree clippings, have gardenias sprouting in some old "coke" bottles right now…thx for the words.

  41. dolores szratter says:

    love trees

  42. Jack says:

    Well, these comments are enlightening. Started to mail the survey in but then decided to do it online. The over whelming consensus is that the Arbor Day Foundation should be renamed as the Horri-bor Day Foundation in living up to its expectations. I for one cannot be expected to support such an organization. I'll get my coffee from Gavlia

  43. Joe says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After reading most of the above comments, why would anyone want to donate their money to a ????? that doesn't sound on the up & up.

    "May the bird of paradise, fly up whomever's nose and an elephant caress whomever with his toes"

    Sorry, but why send money to whomever and we don't know wherever it goes…………hmmmmm?

  44. Dan Parris says:

    I sent the survey and a check on 8-11-14 forgot to enclose vouchers please use this email as a notice that I want the vouchers activated.

    Dan

    • ecojoe says:

      Mr. Parris,

      I will definitely use this "email" as notice that you want the vouchers "activated". Consider them activated.

  45. fran says:

    Just received my survey on 8.15.14, how could I be one of the first 50 people if this has been going on for years????
    Mine says they plant the tress in the forest and you just give the people the gift card as a way of saying you did it.

  46. barb says:

    guess it's lucky i tried to do this online as opposed to "hurrying" to be one of the first 50! that seems to be a joke. the comments have made me rethink this and doubt if i'll be participating…doesn't seem to be the SURE THING that i was led to believe!!!

  47. Roger says:

    Like so many here, just received the survey 8/15/14 in California. Looks like the questionnaire is only intended to get the donations without sending any 'promised' trees or coffee. Some individuals have posted here 30 plus weeks ago, so I'm sure there are 50 donations sent in by now. Smells like a scam.

  48. mary velie says:

    I mailed in my survey on aug.19, 2014 and forgot to put in my coupons for 10free trees for my area. There where two American redbuds two white flowering dogwoods two flowering crabapples two washington hawthorns and two Japanese dogwoods. Plus two crapemyrtles.and up for free coffee for one year.oh yes a calendar too.I’m sorry I forgot the coupons didn’t realize until I already had mailed. I hope you will still consider me for the trees etc.I will hold on to coupons incase u need them. Thank you so much mary velie.

  49. joe spano says:

    send you a 10.00 chesk on 8/9 /14 check #709 did you forget me and the otherpeople that send you monies if I don't receive the trees , im going to small claims court . people like you should go somewhere I cant print this . dam m you send the trees?

  50. ROBERTA says:

    I did the donate deal in 2013. I still haven't received any trees. Please respond as soon as you possible can . I always thought we were helping the air, planet, wildlife, and Alabama.

  51. Kathy Klein says:

    sent my donation check was cashed. Forgot to enclose the Vouchers. Is there anything I can do to get the trees, ets.

  52. Brenda Lowry says:

    iI sent my donation, the vouchers and the survey the day I received it (Aug. 7,2014). Please send me the trees and the year of coffee.
    Thanks for your prompt attention to this request. I'm sure you are very busy filling all the requests, would appreciate a reply as soon as possible. Brenda

  53. Suzanne Pagola says:

    Sorry to hear all of your bad news , but I did receive my 10 trees, 2 crapemyrtle shrubs. I did not recieve any coffee so I guess I wasn't one of the first 50 people to get my survey back in. I was probably #51. HaHa my luck….Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

  54. Clarice Down says:

    just finished the survey, I don't know if it was the right survey, so many oare on line. Confusingm is that what they want. My money will go to my church next time.

  55. Gary Davis says:

    I received my OFFICIAL QUESTIONNAIRE TODAY. 12-23-2015. After reading some of these comments, mine is going in the trash.

  56. romane says:

    i just received a survey from arbor day 12-24-14 . after reading about what happened to all of you . i will go out and buy a few trees on my 0wn . romane

  57. Dick says:

    recived survey 12/22/14 just was going to fill out on line & send a donation UNTIL i read all these comments & i think i've changed my mind. THANKS YOU ALL !!!!!!!

  58. john Dvorak says:

    Mr Matt Harris Chief Executive you should read all the negative posts and clean up your act if you want people to make donation. I would be embarrassed if this is the best that you can offer. After reading this I won't bother to participate.

  59. Larry Bloodgood says:

    If there is a certain time the trees are to be planted, wouldn’t it be a good idea to put that information enclosed with the survey? As far as I am concerned after reading all the negative comments, I will not be completing the survey or sending any money. I looked up Arbor Day Foundation on the internet, and their mailing address was a street and town compete different from the return envelope with the survey. It was a PO Box and in a different city. SCAM!!!

  60. Donald Farrington says:

    Where is the survey?

  61. Joyce Fondersmith says:

    I tried to send the survey by computer but the official number would not go in so I will send it by mail instead…waiting for my supper gifts thank u…..

  62. DARVIN HARTZELL says:

    ALREADY HAVE TEN AND DO NOT NEED MORE

  63. Jim Harrell says:

    I completed the survey but it doesn't sound like a reputable organization to send money to according to comments above.

  64. Ray Taylor says:

    They will ship your new trees for planting in the spring when the time is right so no need to look for them now. The trees will come but I doubt you will see the coffee unless you are the luckiest person in the world. Be patient as they will come at the right time. Please plant them as soon as possible so the roots don't dry out and the tree dies.

  65. Jimmy says:

    arbor day foundation; you need to be very shamed of what you have done here. folks will willing support the
    planting and saving of trees. you cannot use that as your way to take advantage of folks by saying you'll do
    this or that.. that's not the world of trust expected from an institute that claims it to be a "do gooder". you're
    not right. jimmy

  66. Laura C. says:

    Was going to send it through the mail and I decided to do it online. After reading all the comments about people not getting their trees and all the different times this questionnaire was sent out it really has me wondering. Who are the 1st 50 people that get the free coffee when these questionnaires have been sent out to people at different times ? I would have been happy to give $20.00 but I have decided know that I will not.

  67. Adrian says:

    Wow, I thought this was a respectable cause/foundation.

  68. Rose says:

    I was just about to send in my donation, for my free trees and shrubs. I dont think I will send any money after reading all these negitive responses. No Thanks Aborday foundation.

  69. timothy malone says:

    I HAD TAKEN THE SURVEY ONE YEAR TO THE DATE AND NEVER RECIEVED ANY COFFEE I SUBMITTED IT JUST AS SOON AS IT CAME INTHE MAIL ONLINE WOULD LIKE MY COFFEE PLEASE

  70. SallyGirl says:

    I didn't know the survey was time sensitive so I put it a side. The letter said respond by 02/04/15….. TODAY is 03/09/15!!!! I'm filling it out anyway, and sending a donation. If I receive the free trees & coffee, that's great! If not, I'm blaming myself for not filling it out when I received it!!

  71. darlene talbert says:

    I forgot to send in the vouchers would still like to receive my free gifts but hearing all these comments from other people it looks like this is not on the up and up…what is going on dktalbert66@yahoo.com Darlene kaye Talbert 7702 ivy hollow dr. charlotte nc 28227

  72. Shilda Burns says:

    I received a request from the North Carolina Tree Survey and was told that for a donation of $10 I would receive 10 free trees and a free year's supply of coffee just for being one of the first 50 survey respondents. I responded immediately. Is this a scam? If so, it will certainly damage the reputation of the Arbor Day Foundation. I've been looking for my trees ever since.

  73. JOE says:

    I RECEIVED MY 10 TREES AND 2 SHRUBS. SHRUBS ARE GROWING BUT TREES ARE DEAD.

  74. Aaron says:

    My girlfriend donated $10 to join because she wanted the 10 free trees. A week or so later I joined and donated $10 to get my trees. It was 2 months ago and the Arbor Day Foundation says they were sent out and they don't know why we didn't get them, and they can't send out any more trees this Spring so wait until Fall and they'd send them again. Really? Neither I or my girlfriend got them and I am supposed to believe it's just a freak mishap? Nope, it's a scam.

  75. david says:

    A big rip off! I was going to send money but after reading the E-mails changed my mind.

  76. kathy says:

    I just got mine today and its March 2013 Jeeze, one way of making money for nothing in return

  77. kathy says:

    don't hold your breath. Looks like they are not keeping their word. At least we got free address labels lol

  78. ecojoe says:

    Betty, I wish I was getting some kind of money from them, but I actually just had a good experience with them. Maybe things have changed, but for me, all I did was fill out the survey and send in the money, and then I got my trees a couple months later. It definitely does sound like people are having bad experiences with them now, though.

  79. Sue B says:

    for some trees, January is the best time to plant. A friend of mine got 10 free trees and shared with me, Three of the four she gave me are well and thriving three years later. I kept them in a large planter the first two years and put them in the ground last winter, they are still doing well. I am excited to get my 10 trees! We moved and need trees on the new land. I will share what I don't have room to plant. I will be patient… seems it takes a while to arrive, according to others.

  80. PATTI C. says:

    I HAVE BEEN RECEIVING THESE SURVEYS FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS NOW. YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT ANGELA. THE TREES ARE SENT ACCORDING TO THE CORRECT & IDEAL TIME IN THE AREA WHERE YOU LIVE FOR OPTIMAL PLANTING RESULTS/CONDITIONS. I HAVE RECEIVED MY TREES EVERY YEAR. I LOVE RECEIVING THEM & GIVE SOME OF THEM TO MY DAUGHTERS TO PLANT. ALSO, MY DAUGHTERS FRIEND PASSED AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY & WE GAVE THE PARENTS A TREE TO PLANT IN HER MEMORY & HONOR. THEY WERE VERY APPRECIATIVE & I THOUGHT IT WAS AN APPROPRIATE WAY TO USE THE VOUCHER. THE VOUCHERS NEVER GO TO WASTE. I THINK IT IS A MORE THAN WONDERFUL FOUNDATION & I AM SORRY THAT SO MANY PEOPLE ARE HAVING DIFFICULTIES. BE PATIENT, YOU SHOULD RECEIVE YOUR TREES ACCORDING TO PLANTING TIMES IN YOUR AREA. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED THEM AFTER A REASONABLE TIME. MAYBE YOU CAN WRITE OR EMAIL THE FOUNDATION. I USUALLY RECEIVE MINE IN THE EARLY SPRING. GOOD LUCK~I WISH YOU ALL WELL.

  81. Terri says:

    My fine print says that , as well.

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