All About Trees Poster
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Newmarket Public Library (Multipurpose Room)
438 Park Avenue

Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 1W1


Love trees? Want to help them thrive in your community?  Join us for a free community workshop to learn about:

- York Region's Greening Strategy
- Impacts of invasive species in your neighbourhood (and new ones to look out for)
- Upcoming opportunities to care for trees in the community and how you can make a difference
- Subsidized backyard tree planting 

Local experts will lead indoor and outdoor interactive sessions.  Participants will have the opportunity to network with each other and with session leaders.  Refreshments will be provided. Event will proceed rain or shine. 

Session Leaders:

Tooba Shakeel, M.Sc., ISA Certified Arborist
Education and Outreach Coordinator, LEAF

Dayna Laxton, M.Sc.
Invasive Species Specialist, Environmental Services, Environmental Promotion and Protection, Regional Municipality of York

Get inspired with this short video of our fall 2016 planting event in Aurora!

Volunteer planter
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Lillian H. Smith Library (Meeting Room A)
239 College Street

Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1R5

Our volunteers play a critical role in helping improve the urban forest. There are many ways that you can get involved depending on your skills, interests and availability. Please note that we only accept volunteers over the age of 18.
Accessibility info: Fully accessible. For accessibility questions, please contact us.



Tree Tenders Toronto
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.
St. Matthew's Clubhouse
450 Broadview Avenue

Toronto, Ontario, M4K 2N3

Course Agenda


This couse runs from Tuesday May 9th to Tuesday to May 16th, 2017.

Tuesday May 9th | 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Thursday May 11th | 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Saturday May 13th | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Tuesday May 16th | 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Would you like to be able to identify the tree species around you? Do you want to learn best practices for selecting, planting and caring for trees in your yard or community?

This multi-day course will give you a solid understanding of how trees function and what they need to survive and thrive. You’ll learn about the benefits of urban trees and the challenges they face. Our expert instructors deliver engaging indoor and outdoor sessions that will give you skills you can apply immediately. You will walk away with a deeper understanding and be inspired to become an urban forest leader in your community.

This course is suitable for all knowledge and skill level.


Eligible for up to 13.75 International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Continuing Education Units. 

Drawing Native Plants with Alan Li
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
LEAF Learning Garden
601 Christie Street

Toronto, Ontario, M6G 4C6

Join us for a delightful afternoon of sketching native plants. Artist Alan Li will be your guide as you explore and record the diversity of spring flora growing in the LEAF Learning Garden. The sketching techniques covered will be of interest in aspiring artists and anyone who keeps a nature journal. All skill levels welcome. Participants must bring their own supplies.

Suggested Materials List:

- folding chair or stool
- 9x12 inch artist quality sketchbook
- HB & 2B graphite pencils
- coloured Pencils (Optional)
- Sakura Micron Fineliner pens 0.1 and 0.5
- kneadable eraser, pencil sharpener
- ruler
- magnifying glass
- water, snacks, sunscreen, hat
Instructor Bio
Alan Li studied figure drawing, perspective and hand drawn animation at Sheridan College. After graduating, he spent three years travelling to primate sanctuaries to draw chimpanzees and orangutans followed by six years of animating children's television programs. Alan currently pursues his own art projects, teaches workshops and keeps busy collaborating with grass-root environmental groups. He supports conservation efforts through the sale of his artwork and is active in volunteering.


Newmarket Edible Tree Tour
Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Riverwalk Commons

Meet at the Town of Newmarket sign, located on the north-west corner of Doug Duncan Drive and Water Street


Join us for a guided walking tour through downtown Newmarket as we uncover delectable treats in unexpected places. Learn about the healthy and delicious food growing on trees and shrubs. Sample urban forest treats and find out about urban forest and food-related programs across York Region. Certified arborist and local experts will lead the tour and share tips on tree identification and selection. 

Please bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and water. 

This event is rain or shine.


The tour stops will be accessed by walking on sidewalks and flat pavement with some walking on soft, grassy surface. For accessibility questions, please contact us.

Tree Tenders Stewardship Day - Machell Park, Aurora
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Machell Park

Meet in the northeast corner of parking lot. Parking lot is located on the north side of Aurora Heights Drive, west of Yonge Street

This site, planted last year with young trees and shrubs, needs some TLC in order to thrive.

Join us to get your hands dirty at this family-friendly event! 

10:00 to 10:30 am: Learn about restoration efforts during a short tour of the site
10:30 am to 12:00 pm: Hands on work party to remove invasive species and apply mulch around young trees and shrubs

Refreshments provided. Volunteer hours available. 

Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes (no sandals!) and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and water. 

This event is rain or shine.

This event will involve walking through the park on paved walkways and unpaved, grassy surfaces and working in naturalized areas on unpaved ground.  For accessibility questions please contact us.