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Become a Young Urban Forest Leader!

Applications for the 2018 program are now open. Please submit this applicaiton by Sunday April 1st, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. 

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