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LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests)


LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest. Since 1996, LEAF has actively engaged residents in urban forest stewardship through:

  • Planting — subsidized Residential Planting Programs and hands on public projects 23
  • Education — guided tree tours, presentations and workshops
  • Training — Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program EVENTS http://www.yourleaf.org/calendar

Backyard Tree Planting: http://www.yourleaf.org/toronto

Not Far From The Tree


Not Far From The Tree puts Toronto's fruit to good use by picking and sharing the bounty. When a homeowner can't keep up with the abundant harvest produced by their tree, they let us know and we mobilize our volunteers to pick the bounty. The harvest is split three ways: 1/3 is offered to the tree owner, 1/3 is shared among the volunteers, and 1/3 is delivered by bicycle to be donated to food banks, shelters and community kitchens in the neighbourhood.

Register your tree: http://www.notfarfromthetree.org/register-your-tree

Park People


Park People is the catalyst for better parks across Toronto. The organization is working with more than 75 park friends groups, city workers and other partners to plant more trees and gardens, fix broken infrastructure and get more people out celebrating their communities through parks.

Events: http://www.parkpeople.ca/events



Evergreen is a national charity that makes cities more livable. By convening environmental innovators, city builders and researchers at the forefront of the emerging green economy, and engaging Canadians to be part of the conversation and solution, Evergreen is helping to create sustainable cities. At Evergreen Brick Works, our global showcase for green design and innovation, we are actively exploring and showcasing the leading-edge ideas, technologies and solutions for urban sustainability.

Calendar: http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/calendar

Gardening Tips: http://www.evergreen.ca/en/resources/home-greening/index.sn
Community Greening Tips: http://www.evergreen.ca/en/resources/communities/index.sn

Toronto Green Community — Lost Rivers Walks


Toronto Green Community is a grassroots, non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1995 with a mission to engage Torontonians in environmental initiatives where they live, work and play. "Lost River Walks," is a joint project of the Toronto Green Community, Toronto Field Naturalists and community partners including Hike Ontario.

Fort York


Fort York is a historic site museum that contains Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Fort York is open year-round and offers tours, exhibits, period settings, and seasonal demonstrations. During the summer months, the site comes alive with the colour and the pageantry of the Fort York Guard. Fort York also provides a wide variety of education programmes for groups of all ages. Since 2008, Fort York has also been home to an on-site Community Garden.

Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)


With decades of practical experience in protecting the environment, educating young people, and engaging communities, TRCA works with governments, businesses, and individuals to build a greener, cleaner healthier place to live.

Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Hazel, TRCA has a strong history in watershed management and leadership in applying sustainability practices. Today, TRCA owns more than 40,000 acres of land in the Toronto region, employs more than 400 full time employees and coordinates more than 3,000 volunteers each year.

Community calendar: http://trca.on.ca/get-involved/

Green Roofs For Healthy Cities


Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is a not-for-profit industry association working to promote green roof and green wall technology throughout North America. The organization's mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence.

Events: http://www.greenroofs.org/index.php/events

Bird Studies Canada


Bird Studies Canada is proudly committed to advancing the understanding, appreciation and conservation of Canada's wild birds and their habitats. Bird Studies Canada is a not-for-profit organization built on the enthusiastic contributions of thousands of volunteer Citizen Scientists. Data from Bird Studies Canada's volunteer surveys and targeted research projects are used to identify significant population changes and help direct conservation planning.

Programs: http://www.bsc-eoc.org/volunteer/index.jsp?targetpg=ontario&lang=EN

Cultivate Toronto


Cultivate Toronto (CultivateTO) is a non-profit organization with the goal of turning urban backyards into a sustainable source of fresh, organic food for its inhabitants. Fuelled by a passion for healthy living, local organic produce, and environmental responsibility, we hope to spark a new revolution in sustainable urban living by providing the freshest, tastiest, urban-grown produce to GTA residents. Our backyard Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program is an innovative adaptation of the increasingly popular CSA model for alternative agriculture, and part of a greater movement towards access to safe, local food.

Share Your Yard: http://cultivatetoronto.com/join-the-harvest/share-your-yard/

Toronto Master Gardeners


The Toronto Master Gardeners are volunteers committed to providing the public with horticultural information, education and inspiration. The resources and services available through this site are designed to help Toronto residents use safe, effective, proven and sustainable horticultural practices to create gardens, landscapes and communities that are both vibrant and healthy.

Gardening guides: http://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/index.php/fact-sheets/ ask a gardener: http://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/index.php/ask-list/

Mike Layton, Councillor, City Of Toronto Ward 19


Mike Layton is a resident of Ward 19 and has lived in Trinity-Spadina for over 25 years. Before being elected in 2010 to serve as one of Toronto's youngest Councillors, Mike worked for political change as an environmental leader and community organizer.

Events: http://mikelayton.ca/categories/events

Toronto Beekeepers Cooperative


Toronto Beekeepers Cooperative has evolved since 1985 to become a dynamic force in downtown Toronto's urban agriculture scene as beekeepers and educators. The Cooperative's goals are to: Create opportunities for individuals to learn about hive ecology and honey production; share knowledge by working with experienced beekeepers; promote awareness about bee culture and urban ecology; and support its members in starting beekeeping projects.

North American Native Plant Society


NANPS is a volunteer-operated registered charitable organization concerned with preserving native plant habitat in wild areas and restoring indigenous flora to developed areas. Our key purpose is to provide information and inspire an appreciation of native plants with an aim to restoring healthy ecosystems across the continent. It is our belief that nature belongs in urban, suburban, and rural areas as much as in remote areas.


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