Media Release

LEAF Course Teaches Volunteers How to Identify and Care for Trees


(April 29, 2014, Richmond Hill, ON - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)



What: Outdoor tree identification, Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program 

When: Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Where: Oak Ridges Community Centre, 12895 Bayview Ave. (Bayview & 16 Ave.), Richmond Hill

Who: Robyn Stewart, Education & Outreach Coordinator, LEAF

           Gaspar Horvath, B.Sc. Forestry, M.Sc. Environmental Biology, Project Manager, TRCA


Instructors of LEAF’s Tree Tenders Volunteer Training program will take residents of York Region through the tree identification component of this interactive course on Saturday June 8 from 1:15 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. During the outdoor walk-and-learn (2:15 – 3:15 p.m.), Gaspar Horvath will discuss basic tree classifications and how to identify them by features, site, and habitat. Graduates of the course will walk away with simple tips and tricks to identify common trees in our urban forests.

Gaspar has over 30 years of experience of international forestry having travelled, worked and planted trees across Canada, New Zealand, the USA and Mexico. The full Tree Tenders Volunteer Training course consists of three sessions covering topics ranging from tree biology and care to municipal bylaws and how to get involved in urban forest issues. For more information on the course, residents can visit or call 416-413-9244


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Photo opportunities and interviews available upon request.



Robyn Stewart
Education & Outreach Coordinator, LEAF
416-413-9244 x.14 (office) | robyn[at]


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Photo opportunities and interviews available upon request.


LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest and engages citizens in urban forest stewardship through planting, education and training. Since 1996 LEAF has helped citizens plant over 19,000 native trees and shrubs in their neighbourhoods. The Tree Tenders Volunteer Program is supported by Ontario Power Generation, York Region and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.