Tree Planting & Stewardship
Tree planting, stewardship and trail building opportunities are available spring, summer and fall.
These programs are open to anyone 16 years of age and older and are usually one-day opportunities to get your hands dirty and contribute to the City’s tree canopy goals and healthy natural environment.
How to Apply
Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for tree planting and stewardship opportunities.
For Riverdale Farm planting opportunities, join us Wednesdays and Sundays during the growing season. Find more information below.
- Work with nature and the city.
- Help beautify gardens.
- Learn more about the wide variety of plants that grow at the farm.
- Get in touch with the natural environment and enjoy beautiful settings.
- Meet new people, gain new friendships and network within the community.
- Gain experience, leadership and interpersonal skills.
- Be challenged while spending time outdoors.
- Acquire documented volunteer hours (if requested).
- Receive recognition for your participation.
- Learn about: native trees; shrubs; herbaceous plants; invasive species; plant management; ecological monitoring and more.
- Participate in additional training workshops and learn about: benthic monitoring; pollinator and butterfly identification; conservation and more.
- Learn about sustainable trail design, including slope, drainage and user experience (Crothers Woods only).
- Attend required orientation(s).
- Abide by any City of Toronto policies or procedures.
- Always be respectful.
- Come prepared to work.
- Don’t disturb the wildlife.
- Leave no trace.
- Stay on official trails.
- Voice any concerns.
- Leave your pets at home.
Planting Day Tips
- Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
- Bring water in a reusable container you can take home with you. Help make this a litterless event!
- Remember to wear sunscreen.
- Gloves and shovels are provided.
- Plantings happen rain or shine but not in thunderstorms. Please dress for the weather.
- Most of our sites do not have permanent washroom facilities.
- If you are a student looking for volunteer hours, please remember to bring your paperwork with you to be signed by a site lead.
Drop in, bring your green thumb and join other event volunteers in assisting staff with a variety of gardening activities.
We need your help preparing beds, planting annuals, weeding, deadheading, watering, and edging.
Riverdale Farm is a scenic 7.5 acres of wooded areas, with ponds and butterfly-herb-flower-vegetable gardens located in the heart of the downtown community of Cabbagetown.
Meet us at the Drive Shed (first building on the left just inside the Winchester Street entrance):
Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. (May 16 to October 24, 2018)
Sundays 9:30-11:30 a.m. (June 10, July 08, August 19, September 16, October 13, 2018).
Dress comfortably, bring a hat & water bottle. Tools will be provided.
Note: For the health and safety of all the farm animals, please leave your pets at home, leave bikes and strollers outside the farm gates, don’t touch or feed the animals onsite and remember only staff are permitted to touch or work with the animals.
The City developed a Tree Planting Strategy and implementation plan focusing on private-public partnerships to help reach the City’s target of 40 percent tree canopy cover.
This Strategy came about from the Forest Management Plan.
To learn more about how you can help the City meet the canopy goals, visit Tree Planting.