Did you know that an insect called the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is set to kill over 2.8 million ash trees across York Region in the next few years? LEAF is working to educate students and help them take action through our Youth EAB Ambassador pilot program. Together we’ll plant new native trees and shrubs to fight EAB and restore our urban forest.

With support from the Government of Ontario and York Region, LEAF is providing in-class workshops to teach students the importance of the urban forest, its connection to Great Lakes water quality and the threat posed by EAB. 

In 2015, we offered workshops at participating elementary schools (in the spring) and secondary schools (in the fall) across the Region. Schools then competed to see how many trees and shrubs they could get planted through LEAF’s subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program. The three top-selling schools won school ground greening gift certificates. These certificates can be used to plant trees and shrubs in schoolyards, which will enhance biodiversity and create more shade for students.

This spring, we're running another contest with new participating elementary schools from the York Catholic District School Board. The contest will run from March 29-June 3, while rebate supplies last.

Participating Schools:

Father Frederick McGinn CES (Richmond Hill)

Father Henri Nouwen CES (Richmond Hill)

Good Shepherd CES (East Gwillimbury)

Holy Name CES (King)

Our Lady of Hope CES (Richmond Hill) 

San Lorenzo Ruiz CES (Markham)

St. Cecilia CES (Vaughan)

St. Michael The Archangel CES (Vaughan)

St. Padre Pio CES (Vaughan)