Education and TrainingEducation and Training

2011 is the United Nations "Year of the Forest". What a perfect opportunity to talk to our local government, businesses and neighbours about the benefits of the urban forest! How do we give them "tree fever" and how best to teach them the skills they need to be effective.

The Ripe IdeaThe Ripe Idea

Fruit on backyard trees and public trees acress York Region is rotting and going to waste, often because the trees produce so abundantly that the homeowner can't use it all. York Region Food Network will help by bringing a team of volunteers out to harvest the tree, with the bounty being shared between the homeowner, YRFN, and the volunteers. YRFN will donate part of its share to local organizations, and will use part of it for community food programs.

Emerald Ash Borer Educational Video SeriesEmerald Ash Borer Educational Video Series

LEAF created a short, easy-to-share video series focusing on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and what you can do in your neighbourhood.

Peterborough's Ecology ParkPeterborough's Ecology Park

Peterborough's Ecology Park has been a centrepiece for regional landscape education since 1991.  On five acres of City parkland, the Ecology Park showcases native trees, a variety of display gardens, a garden market and naturalization projects.  It has also become the headquarters for Peterborough's community-based urban forest programs.

Tea Crafting with Locally Foraged PlantsTea Crafting with Locally Foraged Plants

We brought together those that wanted to learn with a knowledgeable enthusiastic teacher.  We foraged, steeped and toasted, shared stories and left with a new appreciation of what is growing all around us. 

Here’s how it went…

A week prior to the event we had scoped the area out and found all the species to be harvested.  Some were harvested then to dry so that they’d be ready for the workshop.

PhD student helps local grassroots organizationPhD student helps local grassroots organization

Chris Greene is a PhD student at Ryerson University, as well as LEAF’s Data Management and GIS consultant.

LEAF Tree ToursLEAF Tree Tours

Tours are guided walks that highlight trees of interest in a neighbourhood and incorporate history, culture and personal stories. The tours tell the narratives behind the many tree species found in our urban areas as well as the the people and places our urban forest sustains. Tree Tours are a large component of LEAF’s outreach, community engagement and education initiatives. The purpose of these tours is for participants to gain an appreciation for the urban forest and to become stewards of the trees found in their community.

LEAF TTC Urban Forest Demonstration GardensLEAF TTC Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens

Our Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens are a result of a partnership with the Toronto Transit Commission.  We transform underused turf areas, located outside subway stations, into beautiful urban forest demonstration gardens. 

LEAF Learning GardenLEAF Learning Garden

The LEAF Learning Garden is a unique, hands-on outdoor learning environment that focuses on bringing out Toronto’s “best nature”. It does this by spotlighting the urgent need to create natural habitats in downtown Toronto.

Tree Tenders Volunteer Training ProgramTree Tenders Volunteer Training Program

LEAF’s Tree Tenders Volunteer Training program is designed for anyone who’s ever wanted to know more about how trees function and how to care for them. Initiated in 2006, the Tree Tenders Training program was developed in response to a demand from citizens to understand the issues facing urban trees, and how to get involved in helping them. This multi-day course provides basic arboricultural training, taught through a combination of indoor and outdoor activities.

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