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Community Toolkit

Resource to help members of the community get involved in Ontario’s Green Leaf Challenge! Whether it’s planting their own trees or participating in an organized planting event, there are many ways for Ontarians to get involved. Download our Community Toolkit today!

Planting Double: Twelve-Year-Old Twin Sisters Pledge to Help Forests Ontario Plant Three Million Trees

Lauren and Kaitlin Grierson aren’t your average middle school girls. While you might expect to find the twelve-year-olds cheering on their favorite pop stars or enraptured by the latest smartphone game, you’d be more likely to find these sisters deep in one of Ontario’s forests.

You see, the Grierson twins have a very grown-up goal in mind: Helping Forests Ontario plant three million trees across the province for Ontario’s
Green Leaf Challenge.

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Donate to plant a tree

Don’t have anywhere to plant? Consider making a donation to Forests Ontario to support tree planting efforts across the province. For every $4, we will plant one tree!

Organize your own event

Consider hosting your own tree planting event!

Things to consider when organizing your own event:

  • Where will you plant trees? Work with your local municipality, schools, conservation authorities, or community members to determine the appropriate place to hold a tree planting event.
  • When to plant? Trees can be planted from spring through fall, but planting in the summer can be tough for a tree because of the heat and lack of moisture.
  • How will you fund your event? Lots of opportunities exist to help fund your tree planting event. Look for support from community foundations, non-profit organizations, grants available online, conservation areas, municipalities or local businesses. You could also look for in-kind possibilities through the donation of plant materials, mulch, soil or tools.
  • Who will you invite? Local MPP, Community members, local businesses, school groups, religious groups, or anyone interested in helping to plant the trees.

Share your success! Make sure you share your community planting stories by tagging #GreenLeafChallenge and help to add to Ontario’s forests!

Join a community event

Look for events taking place in your community either through community calendars, by contacting your local Conservation Authority, or getting in touch with local community groups holding tree planting events.

    • Greening Hawkesbury

      June 3

      En l’honneur du 150e anniversaire de la confédération canadienne, la ville de Hawkesbury et le département des Loisirs a obtenu une subvention de la part de Arbre Canada, Patrimoine Canada, et le CN au nom de Canada 150, afin de planter des arbres dans les parcs. La cérémonie d’ouverture acompagné des délégués officiels est prévu pour le samedi 3 juin prochain, dès 11h00. Soyez des nôtres au coin de la rue Higginson et Laflèche, à l’entrée est du parc Mémorial afin de faire partie de ce moment mémorable!

      In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Town of Hawkesbury and its Rec Department has received a grant from Tree Canada, Heritage Canada and the CN in the name of Canada 150, to plant more trees in our parks. The official ceremony will be held with our local delegates and elected representatives on Saturday the 3rd of June, at 11am sharp. Join us at the corner of Higginson and Laflèche street, at the eastern entrance to Memorial Park, to be part of this moment in time!

      Location
      Memorial Park
      Link
      www.facebook.com
      Email
      bjean-louis@hawkesbury.ca
      Phone
      6136764295
    • BurlingtonGreen Tree Planting - Ward 3

      June 3

      Event will last 2-3 hours. There is no registration for this tree planting event. Just show up, ready to plant (rain or shine). All are welcome. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots – no sandals or flip-flops please! (Sturdy soles help when digging with a shovel.) The City kindly asks that volunteers bring their own shovels, if they can.

      Event begins at 10:30am

      Location
      Brant Hills Park 2300 Duncaster Dr., Burlington, ON
      Link
      www.burlingtongreen.org
    • Neighbourhood Tree Planting Event

      June 3

      Event runs from 12:30pm-3:30pm.

      Organized by ReForest London.

      Location
      Hyde Park, West Park Church, 955 Gainsborough Rd, London, ON
      Link
      reforestlondon.ca
      Email
      volunteer@reforestlondon.ca
      Phone
      519-936-9548 x 221
    • Tree Planting

      June 4

      Join the Town Richmond Hill as they preserve Richmond Hill’s natural environment by planting trees! Everyone is welcome. As well, visit the Mill Pond Splash Eco Festival and celebrate the Don River watershed. Through interactive displays and fun activities, visitors gain an increased appreciation for the natural environment, the challenges facing the Don River watershed, and the solutions that we can all implement.

      Event runs from 11am-4pm.

      Organized by Town of Richmond Hill.

      Location
      Rumble Pond Park, Bathurst Street & Mill Street, Richmond Hill, ON
      Link
      www.richmondhill.ca
      Email
      naturalenvironment@richmondhill.ca
      Phone
      905-771-8800
    • Neighbourhood Tree Planting Event

      June 4

      Event runs from 10am-1pm.

      Organized by ReForest London.

      Location
      South of Sarnia Rd, Chesham Heights Park, 328 Castlegrove Blvd, London, ON
      Link
      reforestlondon.ca
      Email
      volunteer@reforestlondon.ca
      Phone
      519-936-9548 x 221
    • Park Naturalization Tree Planting Event

      June 4

      Event runs from 1pm-4pm.

      Organized by ReForest London.

      Location
      Kains Woods SWM, 1760 Oxford St. W., London, ON
      Link
      reforestlondon.ca
      Email
      volunteer@reforestlondon.ca
      Phone
      519-936-9548 x 221
    • Stewardship and Water Monitoring

      June 8

      Join the Town of Richmond Hill and their partner, Evergreen as they preserve Richmond Hill’s natural environment by removing invasive plants and mulching newly planted trees. You’ll also learn about the impacts of urbanization on our local water systems, contribute to a database of citizen science and collect water quality data.Wear weather appropriate clothes, sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. Equipment, gloves and light refreshments will be provided.

      Event runs from 4:30pm-6:30pm.

      Organized by Evergreen.

      Location
      Leno Park, 72 Woodriver Street, Richmond Hill, ON
      Link
      www.richmondhill.ca
      Email
      lchung@evergreen.ca
      Phone
      416-596-1495 x 303
    • Plant a Forest

      June 10

      Come out for a morning of tree planting and help bring back our local forests for future generations!

      With thanks to the County of Wellington’s Green Legacy Programme we will be planting red & white pine, cherry, elm, birch, hickory and walnut trees.

      Delicious organic snacks provided!

      Cost – free but registration is required.

      Location
      Ignatius Old-Growth Forest Project lands
      Link
      ignatiusguelph.ca
      Email
      oldgrowthforest@ignatiusguelph.ca
      Phone
      519-824-1250 ext 258
    • Tree Planting

      June 10

      Join Ontario Streams and the Town Richmond Hill as they preserve Richmond Hill’s natural environment by planting trees! Everyone is welcome. Wear weather appropriate clothes, sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. Equipment, gloves and light refreshments will be provided. This event runs rain or shine.

      Event runs from 10am-12pm.

      Organized by Ontario Streams.

      Location
      Leno Park, 72 Woodriver Street, Richmond Hill, ON
      Link
      www.richmondhill.ca
      Email
      krystal.athanassiou@ontariostreams.on.ca
      Phone
      905-713-7399
    • Neighbourhood Tree Planting Event

      June 10

      Event runs from 10am-1pm.

      Organized by ReForest London.

      Location
      Blackfriars, West Lions Park, 20 Granville St., London, ON
      Link
      reforestlondon.ca
      Email
      volunteer@reforestlondon.ca
      Phone
      519-936-9548 x 221
    • Park Naturalization Tree Planting Event

      June 10

      Event runs from 1pm-4pm.

      Organized by ReForest London.

      Location
      Dingman Park, 4695 Dingman Dr.. London, ON
      Link
      reforestlondon.ca
      Email
      volunteer@reforestlondon.ca
      Phone
      519-936-9548 x 221
    • Community Tree Planting at Millstone Park

      June 17

      Let’s plant native trees!

      Come and join Oakvillegreen on June 17, help us enhance our urban forest!
      ALL WELCOME, FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT, STUDENTS EARN VOLUNTEER HOURS

      – Meeting point Millstone Park by Pine Glen Rd.

      – This is a rain or shine event so please dress for the weather.

      – Bring a reusable water bottle.

      – Tools and gloves will be provided but please feel free to bring your own.

      – To sign up and get more info email programs@oakvillegreen.org

      An Oakvillegreen event in partnership with the Town of Oakville.

      Event runs from 10am-12pm

      Location
      Millstone Park 2395 Pine Glen Road Oakville, ON L6M 0R6
      Link
      oakvillegreen.org
      Email
      programs@oakvillegreen.org
    • Neighbourhood Tree Planting Event

      June 17

      Event runs from 10am-1pm.

      Organized by ReForest London.

      Location
      Old East Village, Boyle Community Centre, 530 Charlotte St., London, ON
      Link
      reforestlondon.ca
      Email
      volunteer@reforestlondon.ca
      Phone
      519-936-9548 x 221
    • Community Tree Planting

      September 2 to September 9

      Volunteers will be planting 50 trees to commemorate the community‘s roots and along with Canada‘ 150th anniversary.

      Location
      Val Rita Harty
      Phone
      705 335 6146
    • Community Tree Planting

      September 2 to September 9

      Volunteers will be planting 50 trees to commemorate the community‘s roots and along with Canada‘ 150th anniversary.

      Location
      Val Rita Harty
      Phone
      705 335 6146
    • Community Tree Planting

      September 2 to September 9

      Volunteers will be planting 50 trees to commemorate the community‘s roots and along with Canada‘ 150th anniversary.

      Location
      Val Rita Harty
      Phone
      705 335 6146
    • Community Tree Planting

      September 2 to September 9

      Volunteers will be planting 50 trees to commemorate the community‘s roots and along with Canada‘ 150th anniversary.

      Location
      Val Rita Harty
      Phone
      705 335 6146
    • Community Tree Planting

      September 2 to September 9

      Volunteers will be planting 50 trees to commemorate the community‘s roots and along with Canada‘ 150th anniversary.

      Location
      Val Rita Harty
      Phone
      705 335 6146
    • Community Tree Planting

      September 2 to September 9

      Volunteers will be planting 50 trees to commemorate the community‘s roots and along with Canada‘ 150th anniversary.

      Location
      Val Rita Harty
      Phone
      705 335 6146
    • Community Tree Planting

      September 2 to September 9

      Volunteers will be planting 50 trees to commemorate the community‘s roots and along with Canada‘ 150th anniversary.

      Location
      Val Rita Harty
      Phone
      705 335 6146
    • Community Tree Planting

      September 2 to September 9

      Volunteers will be planting 50 trees to commemorate the community‘s roots and along with Canada‘ 150th anniversary.

      Location
      Val Rita Harty
      Phone
      705 335 6146
    • Community Tree Planting - Niagara Falls

      September 29

      Volunteers will be planting over 50 trees in support of the surrounding storm management pond with the local community.

      Location
      Warren Woods Trail
      Link
      www.niagarafalls.ca
      Email
      jguarasci@niagarafalls.ca
      Phone
      905-356-7521
    • North Hill Park Tree Planting

      October 14

      Community Volunteers are welcomed to join BDHS members in hand planting 200 native mixed variety potted trees & shrubs in Bolton’s North Hill Park, behind the Caledon Centre on Highway 50 south of Columbia Way.  Tools and gloves will be provided.  Please wear appropriate shoe or boots – the ground may be muddy.

      Event runs 12pm-2pm

      Location
      Caledon Centre 14111 Hwy 50 Bolton, ON L7E 2V2
      Link
      boltonhort.info
      Email
      rich.hunt@sympatico.ca
      Phone
      9058573228
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