City staff hold nature-focused talks and tours for students, community groups and interested citizens. Drop into a scheduled event or request to have forestry staff come out to your school or local park. Our talks and tours explore:

  • Toronto’s urban forest
  • local ecology and habitats
  • species identification

All programs are free and available year-round (subject to availability).

Join City of Toronto staff for free, public educational talks, tours and webinars highlighting the urban forest. Check our calendar of events for dates and locations.

Events Requiring Registration

For events that require registration, only those who have signed up will be allowed to participate. Drop-ins will not be accommodated. Events may be removed from the calendar of events once fully booked.

Other Events

Individuals and small groups – four or fewer people – do not need to register and can drop in.

Groups of five or more people must register in advance. Email us at greentoronto@toronto.ca to register your group and include the following information:

  1. Your Name
  2. Which event(s) from the online calendar you would like to participate in
  3. The number of participants. Some events have limited capacity for large groups

Accessibility

Event 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.

Develop a greater understanding of the natural environment in your area. City staff offer tree tours and virtual presentations for groups of 15 to 35 participants. Those under 14 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver. Tours are hands-off and do not involve planting or stewardship activities. Tours are in City parks or ravines.

To register, email greentoronto@toronto.ca with ‘community group event’ in the subject line.

The City of Toronto offers:

  • virtual presentations
  • in-person presentations
  • tree tours

To register, email greentoronto@toronto.ca with ‘school event’ in the subject line.

Presentations and tours are hands-off and do not involve planting or stewardship activities.

Tree tours may occur in your schoolyard or (with the approval of the school’s principal) within local parks.

Information can be geared towards students from grades four to 12. Programming is intended for one class at a time, with 15 to 35 students. Teachers must be in attendance during programming.

Presentations Available

What Grows Around Here?

All about the urban forest – terminology, species composition, species migration, managing environments and student engagement in the urban forest.

Who lives around here?

All about urban habitats – terminology, habitat types and adaptations, threats to urban habitats and student engagement in habitat protection and enhancement.

Be-Leaf It or Not

A fun and educational game show. Two teams compete to answer questions about Toronto’s natural environment in the categories of plants, insects and arachnids, what’s in the water, mammals and flying in the sky.