On Saturday June 17, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm the Leslieville Tree Festival was held in Leslie Grove Park (corner of Queen St E and Jones Ave, Toronto). The free, fun-filled celebration of our urban forest included activities for the whole family!
We were thrilled to have a full afternoon of performers including the amazing Toronto All-Star Big Band, buskers from On the Off Beat Music School, a story-teller and special pop-up performances from a variety of other 'special guests"!
A major new attraction this year was our 24 foot high climbing wall from Toronto Climbing Academy. Kids loved the chance to Climb'n Dangle!
Kids had an opporunity to investigate the nature around them and become a citizen scientist through a Nature Hunt with EcoSpark! Fitted with a kit including a clipboard, field sheet, pencil and hand lens, kids explored the biodiversity of Leslie Grove Park using their senses (sight, sound, touch and smell). They then recreated their biological observations through a craft, contributing to an overall biodiversity mural of the park!
Families joined LEAF for a guided tour to learn about the many types of trees that have been planted in the park and learned tips on how to care for trees in their own yards. They also had the opporunity to help care for the newest addition to the park - a beautiful redbud tree which was mulched at the end of the tour!
Children also were able to enjoy free face painting and take part in other urban forest themed crafts with Ralph Thornton Centre and Applegrove Community Complex.
There were plenty of interactive exhibits by environmental organizations and local businesses, as well as some pop-up performances. And LEAF’s popular mascot, Barkley, made appearances throughout the day.
Tasty food by:
Tables from local businesses included:
Lots of non-profits included:
Applegrove Community Complex
David Suzuki Foundation
Green Hope Foundation
Leslieville Historical Society
Live Green Toronto/City of Toronto
Not Far From the Tree
Ontario Woodcarvers Association
Peter Tabuns, MPP for Toronto-Danforth
Rain Gardens United
Toronto Environmental Alliance
Toronto Field Naturalists
Toronto Public Library - Jones branch
Ward 30 Bikes
Check out our Facebook event page here!
THANK YOU to our event sponsor Toronto Hydro!