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Become a Young Urban Forest Leader!

The goal of the program is to provide hands-on experience in the field of arboriculture, urban forestry and community engagement. Successful applicants will receive formal training and mentorship to develop the skills needed to lead a community tree tour, host tree care events and help a community increase its local tree canopy.

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 late April/early May. Each of the four classes are mandatory.
  • Attending skill-building workshops and mentored-activities focusing on arboriculture and community engagement. Meetings occur weekly on Tuesdays evenings from late April to mid September.
  • In teams, working closely with a Toronto community group to improve their tree canopy. This includes assessing the existing canopy, identifying opportunities for tree planting and tree stewardship and holding community events that engage local residents, all with guidance from LEAF. Events include:
    • Outreach activities
    • Educational workshops
    • Tree care events
    • Tree tours
    • Tree planting workshops
  • Participating in peer-feedback and career-planning sessions

The 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 teamwork, public speaking, event coordination, community outreach and marketing
  • Exposure to industry professionals and career path research
  • 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