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Volunteering to Plant Trees

Trees Across Toronto logoPlanting trees, shrubs and wildflowers is fun and great for all ages! By volunteering, you will be instrumental in helping to connect communities with their natural surroundings.

How you are helping!

You will be strengthening Toronto's environmental legacy. Thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers have been planted thus far! If you love Toronto's parkland, working as part of a team, or simply want to brush up on planting skills, come out and aid in creating an environmentally friendly Toronto.

As an event volunteer you will meet like-minded individuals and plant trees, shrubs and flowers. 

young boy with a potted tree ready to be planted

check mark Learn more about native treesshrubs and how to plant a tree.
check mark Acquire general understanding of native habitat restoration
check mark Meet new people, gain new friendships and network within the community
check mark Gain experience, leadership and interpersonal skills
check mark Be challenged while spending time outdoors
check mark Acquire documented volunteer hours (if requested)
check mark Receive recognition for your participation

When do events happen?

Tree planting and environmental stewardship events take place in the spring and fall every year. See our calendar for more information on when and where we are hosting public events.

Please note: Groups of 10 or more should register in advance greentoronto@toronto.ca

What to expect.

Public tree planting events include a tree planting demonstration by City staff, and the opportunity to plant and mulch trees at your own pace. No previous experience is required and all materials are provided.

Planting Day Tips for Volunteers:

  • Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Come on time to make sure you get to plant a tree or shrub!
  • Remember to wear sun screen.
  • Gloves and shovels are provided.
  • Bring water in a reusable container you can take home with you. Help make this a litterless event!
  • Remember to wear sunscreen
  • 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.

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