Volunteer Opportunities 

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Other Groups & Events

There are many activities happening in Toronto that you may also be interested in attending or groups that you may want to receive newsletters from. Here are a few of them to get you started.

The Local Scoop Upcoming Events for many groups is the best place to start.



Free Pollinator Plants (In the Zone Gardens)

In September and October, WWF-Canada, along with various local collaborators, is participating in a series of neighbourhood events to help communities restore wildlife habitat in parts of West Toronto. ITZ Event Calendar and Event poster

Green 13 is a group of Ward 13 residents concerned about the impact humans are having on our climate and environment. Green 13 Newsletter

North American Native Plant Society (NANPS)

AGM and Social with Awards and it is an opportunity to hear about what NANPS has accomplished over the past year.

Saturday October 26th, 2019, at the Toronto Botanical Garden (777 Lawrence Ave E. Toronto Ontario). NANPS AGM and Socials


Events and workshops 2019

Stewardship and Environmental News

This is an excellent resource and Blog by Jason Ramsay-Brown

Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests a new book on our urban forests ravines.to

Stewardship Network Monthly Webcasts from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, covering a variety of conservation and land management topics.

Upcoming and Pre-recorded webinars


This newsletter contains great information on other city stewardship groups. Calendar of Stewardship Sessions. Also see Twitter Toronto Forestry and Facebook Nature in the city and the city website Green Toronto Stewardship Program and Community Stewardship Newsletter September.


A resource for aspiring native plant gardeners, providing advice, native plants, workshops, landscape design, stormwater attenuation, and environmental consulting services.


This Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation program provides an opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to help rebuild Toronto’s damaged tree canopy.

Tree for Me

The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is offering residents a locally grown native tree to help renew the Urban Forest. Tree for Me

Colborne Lodge Events

Follow John Howard's journey to Canada on Facebook (see entries from 2013)

New Funding for Park Groups

The Partnership Development Unit of Parks, Forestry & Recreation helps grassroots community groups with their fundraising projects, and we welcome support and funding from corporations, foundations and philanthropists. Working together, we have successfully raised millions of dollars for parks, recreation and urban forestry projects for the benefit of Torontonians and visitors. Please contact us to discuss your needs and projects.

Also see Park People for Weston Family Grants to Parks.

Toronto Botanical Gardens Toronto Botanical Gardens 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, ON. TBG offers an array of 17 award-winning themed gardens spanning nearly four acres, designed to educate and inspire. You'll also find a complete range of innovative indoor and outdoor learning experiences for all ages including programs, garden tours, nature day camps, organic farmers' market and an extensive horticultural library. Events

Toronto Community Garden Network TCG members are committed to greening and sustainable gardening practices across the City of Toronto, and to make community gardening an integral part of city life. Check events in Feb-Mar for Seedy Saturday and Sundays

Upcoming Events and Workshops - LEAF LEAF has many activities and demonstration native plant gardens at specific subway secondary entrances (including High Park).

Gardening Resources - information on gardening with native plants.

Developments near High Park

There are many condo developments proposed and underway across from High Park. If you are concerned or want to find out more about the impact of this activity please see the following links. Please also contact your City Councillor.

HPTA High Park Tenants Association

FMTA Federation of Metro Tenants Associations

City of Toronto - Planning Department

1844 Natural Heritage Impact Study March 2013 Part 1 Part 2

Grenadier Square Development Natural Heritage Impact Study November 2013 Study

Nature Workshops

Explore the wildflower diversity of High Park with seasoned naturalist and educator Richard Aaron. Each of the hikes will focus on the intriguing variety of plants blooming at that time, along with ample discussions on their natural history, ecology, lore and uses.

Save the Plants, Save the World...

Plant Rescue Alert - sign up at rescues@nanps.org

North American Native Plant Society and The Local Scoop

Speak Up Against Changes to the Endangered Species Act

Sponsored by Ontario Nature. The Ministry of Natural Resources has put forward recommendations that would weaken protection for Ontario’s at-risk wildlife. Sweeping new exemptions to our Endangered Species Act (ESA) are on the table that would allow industry to dodge crucial protection measures. Say no to further endangering already endangered species! Take action now!.

Also see ESA Exemptions A Science Matters column by David Suzuki and Rachel Plotkin dealing with ESA exemptions and other examples of environmental deregulation across the country.


Bylaw Change approved by City Council Nov. 29, 2012:

Current interpretation of the bylaw, Bylaw as passed and Staff Report.

What this could mean for gardeners Verdigrow blog and NANPS Local Scoop info.

UPDATE: On March 29th, the city sent staff to cut and remove Deborah Dale's boulevard native plant garden despite her sending notification that she had complied with their every changing objections.



Toronto Entomologists' Association

Meetings, insect counts, field trips. READ MORE

Toronto Community Garden Network

Live Green Toronto - Events and Programs

City-wide Fall Community Planting Events

Check for updated postings on the City's website.

Plantings are a perfect activity for community groups, individuals and families, and all are welcome to attend. For groups over 10 people, please contact greentoronto@toronto.ca or call 311 (they will transfer you) to let staff know how many are in your group and the location at which you would like to help. Individuals and families can just arrive on planting day and join in.

EcoSpark's Live Green Toronto Programs EcoSpark

Carden Nature Festival Check here for past and next year's festival info (when posted)

A Smorgasbord of Biodiversity. More than 100 activities to choose from. Carden Recreation Centre, 258 Lake Dalrymple Road. 15 min. from Kirkfield. Festival info

Toronto Environmental Alliance.

Visit City Services Review Results, for links to reports from the City's Services Review survey

LEAF Smartphone Friendly Garden Opens

Canada’s first “smartphone friendly” public garden at Toronto’s Artscape Wychwood Barns. The LLG is open to everyone and contains nearly 50 native plants found in southern Ontario. Each plant is labeled with a small sign containing common and Latin names, several educational symbols and a QR code. Each QR code, which can be read by smartphones and tablets, is linked to a webpage containing species specific information about each plant. perennials, shrubs and trees


LEAF Upcoming events

Tree Tenders Volunteer Training

This multi-day course is designed for individuals who want to gain tree-related knowledge and skills. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about trees, and how to properly care for them then this course for you!

LEAF Tree Tenders

Nature Walks (a few of the offerings) Toronto Field Naturalists Nature Walks


Introduction to Organic Gardening and Permaculture Workshop Programs for adults and children.

Garden Jane Intro to Permaculture Design Sept 14 to 16 2018, Mitigating Climate Change through Regenerative Soil Work.


Other Links

Toronto Field Naturalists Promoting a love of nature in Toronto since 1923.

ProtectNatureTO Advocating for the protection of wildlife and natural areas across the City of Toronto

Stewardship Network of Ontario

Humber Arboretum Centre for Urban Ecology

Toronto Botanical Garden

The International Year of Forests, 2011

Nature Canada

Tallgrass Ontario

Carolinian Canada Coalition

Ontario Nature Please sign the Ontario Nature's 20/20 Vision: A Biodiversity Charter for Ontario

LEAF Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests, backyard tree planting, native plant kits and much more.

Native Plant Girl An excellent resource listing for Stewardship in Toronto.

Farms at Work Promoting healthy and active farmlands in East Central Ontario. Info on native pollinators and sustainable agriculture.

The Sustainability Network works with environmental non-profits to make them more effective and efficient.

Evergreen Brickworks Open year-round, Evergreen Brick Works is a community environmental centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably.

Park People Park People is mobilizing all who care about parks to address the challenges now and work cooperatively together to make our parks the best they can possibly be.

Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation Founded in 2002, the TPTF is a charitable Public Foundation dedicated to enhancing Toronto's parks.

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