It was a muggy summer night on August 21st when a group of Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFLs) taught an eager group of residents from the Pocket neighbourhood in East York how to identify some of their local trees and about the important differences between native, non-native and invasive species.
Our Junior Urban Forest Rangers (JUFR) program is a special summer camp designated to give children the opportunity to appreciate and connect with the urban forest through fun and educational nature-themed activities. Today, we share our favourite activities to get kids moving and learning.
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.
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!
This summer, 13 youths (ages 18 to 29), who are aspiring professionals in the field of urban forestry and arboriculture, are working with local community groups to help green two Toronto neighbourhoods and foster a sense of stewardship for urban trees!