The Young Urban Forest Leaders Program is designed to provide young women with hands-on experience in the field of urban forestry and community engagement.  

This program will provide participants with tangible skills in arboriculture, community organizing and public outreach. According to research published by the Journal of Arboriculture, there is a low representation of women in the industry (approx. 10%). This program aims to shift that. The young women will receive support and mentorship from LEAF staff, as well as guest lectures from other female urban forest leaders and experts. 

After receiving 15 hours of formal arboriculture training and additional project-specific workshops, the participants will work together in teams of three to five to support the creation of an Adopt-A-Park-Tree program in a local park. This will include creating an inventory of existing trees, developing a park stewardship plan, and planning a public event including a guided tree tour in each park.


Using the Adopt-a-Park-Tree Manual, developed by LEAF and Park People, participants will work closely with the local community to build capacity for ongoing protection and care of trees in the park. This unique, five-month training and mentorship program will not only benefit the participants, but also support three new Adopt-a-Park-Tree initiatives in Toronto. 


Our 2017 Park Projects include Berczy Park in downtown Toronto, Etienne Brule Park on the Humber River, and Stephenson Park in the east end of Toronto! Learn more about our 2017 projects HERE.

To download a printable information page about the Young Urban Forest Leaders Programs, click here.