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Become a Young Urban Forest Leader!

Applications for the 2018 program are now closed. If you would like to be notified when applications for the 2019 program open, please let us know here.

The goal of the program is to provide hands-on experience in the field of urban forestry and community engagement. Successful applicants will receive formal training and mentorship to develop the skills needed to lead a community tree tour and tree mulching event, and will help to establish Adopt-A-Park-Tree projects in select Toronto parks.

Activities include:

  • Completing LEAF’s Tree Tenders Volunteer Tree Training Program – 15 hours of arboriculture training led by local professionals. The session is held in early May. Exact dates and times will be posted shortly. 
  • Attending skill-building workshops and mentored activities focusing on arboriculture and community engagement. Meetings occur weekly starting in May though September on Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
  • In teams, planning and launching an Adopt-A-Park-Tree program, tree tour and mulching event in a Toronto park working with local stakeholders such as Friends of park groups
  • Participating in peer-feedback and career-planning sessions

Benefit to Participants:

  • Hands-on skills in arboriculture, urban forestry and community engagement to prepare for employment and/or post-secondary education
    • Skills developed include: tree biology, identification, planting, mulching, understanding Toronto's tree bylaws and threats to the urban forest, leadership and team work, public speaking, event coordination, community outreach and marketing 
  • Career path research and exposure to industry professional
  • Program graduates receive a certificate and reference letter
  • Participants contribute to community-building and increased public appreciation of the urban forest
  • Transit subsidies and snacks provided at workshops
  • Up to four participants can receive childcare subsidies to cover costs while attending workshops