Opportunity Details

Toronto’s natural environment trail network is a popular destination for mountain bikers, hikers, runners, dog-walkers and nature enthusiasts. Good trail design and maintenance helps protect the natural environment, keep trail users safe and ensure an enjoyable trail experience.

As a volunteer you will:

  • Re-route trails away from unsafe and eroded areas
  • Rock armour over exposed tree roots
  • Build safe and sustainable water crossings
  • Install interesting trail components
  • Plant native trees and shrubs
  • Close trails for forest regeneration
  • Acquire documented volunteer hours (if requested)

All tools and training are provided, and no expertise is required.

Where and When

There are two ways to help out:

Community Stewardship Program

Participants in this program help to care for natural areas across the city, with teams that meet on a weekly basis.

The trail stewardship team meets at the Thomas Hauser Memorial Trail Head in Crothers Woods, located at 27 Redway Road (south end of the Loblaws parking lot).

  • From April to September.
  • Every Monday, not including holidays
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Visit Community Stewardship Program page for more information.

Tree Planting and Stewardship Events

Tree planting and stewardship events take place in different locations across the city, spring through fall. Volunteer at a trail stewardship event to help enhance Toronto’s natural environment trail network!

Visit Tree Planting and Stewardship Events for more information or the online calendar for dates and locations.

How to Apply

To join the weekly stewardship team or register in advance for a trail event, email us at greentoronto@toronto.ca.

Trail stewardship site conditions vary. Contact greentoronto@toronto.ca for information on site conditions including accessibility. If you would like to request accessibility support, contact us as soon as possible.

For more information about natural environment trails, contact trails@toronto.ca.

Cancellation Policy

An event will be cancelled if there is a 70 per cent or greater chance of thunderstorm, if rain makes the trails dangerous or if other hazardous conditions arise.

Mailing List

Sign up for the Tree Planting and Stewardship Events mailing list to receive updates on volunteer tree planting and stewardship opportunities.