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Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests

LEAF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. We offer programs that help you plant, care and give.


Our Backyard Tree Planting Program offers native trees and shrubs to property owners at a subsidized cost.






People standing in front of a planted tree during the fall.
Spring is a great time to plant trees, but did you know that fall is equally as great? The fall season offers unique and ideal weather conditions that help newly-planted trees adjust and thrive in their new environments.
Two junior urban forest rangers posing in front of a house
Every summer, LEAF hosts a one-of-a-kind urban forest experience for City of Toronto day campers. The campers, ages six through 12, join our staff at Riverdale Park East and partake in a series of fun and interactive activities with the aim of educating the kids on the value of the urban forest around us. This year, I was lucky enough to join the Junior Urban Forest Rangers (JUFR) for a day and see the action in person!
Three native flower arrangements.
Flower arrangements are not only great ways to brighten up your kitchen table or work desk, they’re also an attractive way to add interest and warmth to any party or social gathering. Inspired by the native flower arrangements seen at our annual garden party, we share some of our favourite species to use to curate your very own (and very instagrammable) native flower arrangements.


Woman reaches up the leaves of a tree
Join us on September 17 for a guided tree tour through the Lake Wilcox Park and discover the natural history of the park through its native tree species!
Four teenagers collecting mulch from a pile
Join us on September 25th and celebrating National Tree Day by greening the community!
Man reaching up to examine a branch
Join us September 30th to October 8th for a multi-day course to learn the basics of tree identification, selection, planting and caring from expert instructors!

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