Break A Bat, Plant A Tree

Graphic showing how many bats have been broken so far this season, and how many trees planted that corresponds to

Break a Bat, Plant a Tree is an innovative partnership between Minnesota State Parks and Trails and the Minnesota Twins that gives both sports fans and outdoors enthusiasts good reasons to cheer.

Every time a Twins pitcher breaks the bat of an opposing player during the season, we'll plant 100 trees in a Minnesota state park or recreation area, or along a Minnesota state trail. So far, 51,800 trees are being planted as a result of this partnership!

What's behind this partnership?

We have a lot in common! Minnesota State Parks and Trails and the Minnesota Twins both want to...

  • see people get outdoors, and to promote outdoor recreation and environmental responsibility;
  • raise awareness about forest restoration projects underway at Minnesota state parks and trails;
  • and affirm their commitment to environmental stewardship.

Break a Bat, Plant a Tree related videos

planting trees for Break a Bat, Plant a Tree campaign DNR Commissioner throwing first pitch at Twins game Trees from Target Field get replanted at St. Croix State Park.

Former Twins pitcher Jack Morris pitches in with tree planting at Afton State Park.

Commissioner Tom Landwehr throws first pitch at Twins game.

Trees from Target Field get replanted at St. Croix State Park.

Past results

Minnesota pitchers broke a total of 170 bats during their 2012 season, which equals the planting of 17,000 trees.

In 2011, they broke 168 bats and scored 16,800 trees for Minnesota state parks and trails. And in 2010, they broke 180 bats and we planted 18,000 trees.

That's a whole lot of reforestation happening as a direct result of this partnership!

Trees are planted in the spring that follows the end of the baseball season.

Slideshow of photos from various Break A Bat tree plantings, promotions, and other programs. This slideshow requires the latest version of
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Map of 2010 & 2011 tree planting locations around the state This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

In the news...

Seeing The Forest For The Trees (Brainerd Dispatch)

Twins Break a Baseball Bat, Plant a Tree (KSTP)

Minnesota Twins Announce Tree Planting Ceremony with Bert Blyleven (MLB)