Connecting with your Community
Free tree planting and community gardens to special events, advisory councils, youth and special needs, volunteers plan an important role in assistant in the delivery of services to the community. Share your expertise or develop new skills we are interested in your leadership to enhance our programs and services.
Most community centres provide opportunities for volunteers. Please contact your local community centre for an opportunity near you.
Opportunities to get Involved
If you are looking for a way to get involved or are a youth looking to fulfill some of your placement hours, read on!
Become a Parkland Naturalization Volunteer (Spring/Summer/Fall)
We offer two types of opportunities:
Community Planting (all ages)
- Help plant native trees, shrubs nd wildflowers at City of Toronto parkland naturalization sites
- Planting events are a perfect activity for community groups, individuals and families
- Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 12 noon
- Visit toronto.ca/greentoronto for more information and schedules
Community Stewardship Program (16yrs+)
Community stewardship volunteers participate in on-going maintenance and monitoring activities at various naturalization sites across Toronto. Volunteers help to improve the long-term sustainability of naturalized areas, while also offering a chance to get outside, explore nature and get involved in the community.
- Ongoing maintenance and monitoring of activities at various City of Toronto parkland naturalization sites
- Some key project sites include: Warden Woods, Nordheimer Ravine, Riverdale Farm, Don Valley Brick Works, Spadina Quay & Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat
- Monday to Friday, 6-8pm
- Season runs from May-September
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 311 for information on either program
Trees Across Toronto
Trees are one of the most important features of our natural environment. We need to take action to protect, maintain, and grow our urban forests and natural environment spaces.
We encourage everyone to participate and help increase Toronto’s tree canopy. There are many ways to help keep our trees healthy and grow our urban forests. you can plant a tree in your back yard, add some shrubs to your garden, water and protect the trees you have in your yard already, or help plant trees at our annual spring planting event. You can also make a donation, sponsor our tree planting programs, or volunteer with us.
High Park Children's Garden and Exploring Toronto Programs
High Park needs volunteers to assist with:
- Exploring Toronto or Children's Garden nature or gardening programs for school groups
- Summer Eco Camps and garden drop-in programs
- Organic garden or compost maintenance at the High Park or Waterfront Children's Gardens
- Food preparation/volunteer chef
- Community events
High Park Volunteer Stewardship Program
High Park Stewards meet on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.
201 Winchester Street, three blocks east of Parliament Street along Winchester Street, three blocks north of Gerrard Street East along Sumach Street. Open daily, 9 am - 5 pm.
- We're Looking for Garden Volunteers: Starting May 15 to October 16, join us every Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm
Monthly on Saturdays - May 18, June 29, July 27, August 31, September 21 and October 19 - from 10 am to 12 pm
- Your assistance is needed to prepare beds, plant annuals, remove weeds, deadhead, edge and water plants. Meet us at the Drive Shed, first building on the left, inside the Winchester St. entrance. Tools will be provided. Everyone 14 years or older are welcome!
- For more information, call 416-392-6794 or email us at email@example.com
- Sorry, Riverdale Farm does not have opportunities for youth or adult volunteers to work with the animals, poultry, waterfowl or in the barns.