LEAF Programs – COVID-19 Update

We’re doing our best to continue our programs while adhering to government guidelines. Our priority is the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, program participants and the wider community. Thank you for your understanding!
Updates to this page will be posted regularly. You can also follow us on social media or subscribe to our e-newsletter for regular updates!

Backyard Tree Planting Program

We are currently accepting applications for our Full-Service, Do-It-Yourself and Multi-Units and Businesses Programs. Shrubs are available for purchase. 

We encourage you to submit your applications now so that you are in the queue. But please be aware that it may take us longer than normal to respond, as demand is high at this time.

Please note, we have modified procedures for in-person consultations to comply with physical distancing.

Community Engagement Programs 

Backyard Biodiversity

This educational campaign continues through blogs and social media posts. Pop-up events will resume when it is safe to do so.

LEAF Learning Garden / Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens

Our Gardens are located on publicly accessible property. Visitors should follow all guidelines that apply to public areas in the City of Toronto.

Planting and Stewardship Events

Planting and stewardship activities resumed in Fall 2020. LEAF staff and volunteers will continue this work in Spring 2021 with comprehensive safety practices in place.

Project Swallowtail

This education campaign continues through blogs and social media posts. Residents within the project area are encouraged to create habitat for swallowtail butterflies.

TCHC Planting and Stewardship Initiative

This initiative continues with some modifications to engagement activities.

Tree Tenders Volunteer Training

This multi-day course is offered virtually. 

Tree Tours

Our tours are now virtual! We are accepting requests and will try our best to accommodate your group with virtual options.


We are engaging with our volunteer community virtually and in-person (outdoors and with social distancing practices in place).

Workshops and Presentations

Our workshops and presentations are now virtual! We are accepting requests and will try our best to accommodate your group with virtual options.

Young Urban Forest Leaders

This free training and mentorship program has been re-imagined as an engaging online experience.

Young Ravine Leaders

This free training program has been designed as an engaging, online program. Pending COVID-19, some in-person activities may be included.