Young Ravine Leaders

COVID-19 Update: This free training program has been designed as an engaging, online program. Pending COVID-19, some in-person activities may be included.

Training Tomorrow's Ravine Leaders

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The Young Ravine Leaders (YRL) program is a free, four-part, educational and training program designed to provide an in-depth overview of Toronto’s ravines, community stewardship and career development to youth (ages 18 to 29) who are exploring opportunities in the environmental field.

Our expert speakers will provide engaging virtual sessions that will empower participants with the knowledge and skills to enhance Toronto’s ravines and urban forest. Pending COVID-19, independent or in-person group activities are planned to give participants the opportunity to strengthen their online learning experience. 

The program is designed to be accessible to all educational backgrounds. Participants are not required to have any experience within the environmental field in order to apply.

The program seeks to support Toronto youth from Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) and/or underrepresented groups within ravine ecology, urban forestry and environmental stewardship including (but not limited to) women, non-binary people, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, 2SLGBTQ+ persons and racialized individuals. 

The Young Ravine Leaders Program is funded by the City of Toronto.

Become A Young Ravine Leader

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Become a Young Ravine Leader!

This program aims to empower the next group of ravine advocates in the City of Toronto! The goal of the program is to provide a valuable learning experience in the fields of ravine ecology, urban forestry and environmental stewardship. 


Benefits to Participants:

  • Explore various volunteer opportunities and career paths in ravine ecology, urban forestry and environmental stewardship 
  • Meet and network with industry professionals
  • Gain knowledge and training from industry experts on ravine ecology, urban forestry and environmental stewardship 
  • Build meaningful connections with like-minded young people and explore networking opportunities 
  • Solidify online learnings through independent or in-person, group activities

Applicant Criteria

Applicants Must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 29
  • Be a resident of the City of Toronto
  • Be able to commit to all of the following sessions*:
    • Tuesday, September 6 (6:00PM – 8:30PM)
    • Tuesday, September 13 (6:00PM – 8:30PM)
    • Tuesday, September 20 (6:00PM – 8:30PM)
    • Saturday, October 1 (1:00PM – 3:00PM) 
      • *Dates may be subject to change
  • Have an interest in ravines, urban forestry and/or environmental stewardship
  • Priority will be given to applicants from NIAs and/or underrepresented groups within ravine ecology, urban forestry and environmental stewardship with a need to participate in a fully-funded, educational program.
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Want to learn more about the program before applying? You can watch a recording of our virtual information session here


Applications for the 2022 Young Ravine Leaders program are open!


The Young Ravine Leaders Program is funded by the City of Toronto.

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