Liveable Cities: NYC-Toronto Growing Green
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Room 140, University College, University of Toronto
15 King's College Circle

Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3H7


The University of Toronto Faculty of Forestry, the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, and LEAF are hosting a special public lecture on Monday, September 29, 2014 from 4-5 pm at University College, Room 140. 


Come hear from Matthew Stephens, Director of Street Tree Planting at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and learn how one of North America’s greenest cities is planting street trees to build a greener city and their strategies for growing a healthy and resilient city. New York City has a top-ranked urban forestry program, and one of the best park systems in the U.S., so don’t miss this unique opportunity!

For more info contact: amory.ngan[at]


Matthew Stephens is the Director of Street Tree Planting at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. He has worked with the agency since 2007 and leads the city-wide street tree planting program that is responsible for the planting of over 20,000 trees a year. He developed a block and community planting scheme that targets neighbourhoods with high rates of childhood respiratory diseases, and neighbourhoods with few trees and green spaces. He also improved the tree procurement process through establishing long-term contracts with local nurseries that helped ensure better quality and diversity of trees. He holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Illinois State University, and a M.S. in Public Horticulture from the University of Delaware.  

Mine Hollow: A Natural History Walking Tour
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 1:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.
Lawrence Avenue East and Don Valley Parkway

Meet at the picnic tables by the parking lot at the end of Old Lawrence Avenue


This walk through the quiet ravine of Milne Hollow will reveal the layers of industrialization and renaturalization that have shaped its landscape over the years. Discover how railways and expressways, flooding and invasive species have impacted the area throughout Toronto’s history and how recent stewardship efforts have helped preserve this important natural landscape.


Tour Leaders:
Peter Heinz, Don Watershed Regeneration Council
Robyn Stewart, LEAF

Accessibility Info: Flat pavement, some rough ground

© 2013 Kanchan Maharaj / LEAF
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.
Earl Bales Park Community Center
4169 Bathurst St.

Toronto, Ontario, M3H 3P7


Meet at the entrance to the ampitheatre.

Join us for a guided tour of the beautiful trees in Earl Bales Park as we celebrate the Adopt-A-Park-Tree Programs and the dedicated work of the Friends of Earl Bales Park. Find out how you can adopt and care for your very own park tree! Hear about the great work that local community groups are doing to improve the neighbourhood and find out how to get involved! LEAF’s Adopt-a-Park-Tree Program is supported by Trees for Life and Ontario Power Generation.

© 2014 Robyn Stewart / LEAF
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m.
LEAF Office - Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie St.

Toronto, , M6G 4C7


Sign up to become a LEAF Volunteer today. There are many ways that you can get involved and actively help our urban forest. Please note that we only accept volunteers over the age of 18, that have completed a volunteer orientation session. 

Opportunities include:


To attend this orientation session, please complete our Volunteer Application Form

If you have any questions or to confirm your attendance, please contact Erin at erin[at] or 416.413.9244 x12.

Click here to read our Volunteer Handbook for important information on urban forest issues and how you can help. In addition, all LEAF volunteers must watch a brief accessibility training video, here.