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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.
Colborne Lodge Events
Follow John Howard's journey to Canada on Facebook
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.
Canada Blooms- March 14 to 23, 2014 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. This year's theme is "WILD". Canadian Wildlife Federation Day is Sunday, March 16. There are a number of talks on naturalizing gardens for wildlife. Canada Blooms
Emerald Ash Borer Workshop - LEAF Attend an EAB Training Workshop if you are interested in volunteering for door-to-door group canvassing efforts in select wards that need extra help or if you just want to gain knowledge and share what you learn in other ways. May 31, 2014 10-3pm. FREE.
Gardening Resources - information on gardening with native plants.
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.
Grenadier Square Development Natural Heritage Impact Study November 2013 Study
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. Poster for workshops 2014 dates TBA.
Save the Plants, Save the World...
Plant Rescue Alert - sign up at email@example.com
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.
Petition for a Local Food Act
Food Forward is circulating a petition to Kathleen Wynne to "re-introduce and pass a strengthened Local Food Act in the Ontario Legislature. With a jobs lens, it could create new opportunities in a local food economy in Toronto and beyond, while helping us meet our common goals of a more sustainable, healthy, and fair society."
NATURAL GARDEN EXEMPTION
Bylaw Change approved by City Council Nov. 29, 2012:
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.
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS - City of Toronto
Toronto Entomologists' Association
Meetings, insect counts, field trips. READ MORE
Live Green Toronto 2014 - Events and Programs
City-wide Fall Community Planting Events
Check for updated postings for 2014 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 for 2014 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
Visit City Services Review Results, for links to reports from the City's Services Review survey
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
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!
Nature Walks (a few of the offerings) Toronto Field Naturalists Nature Walks
Introduction to Organic Gardening and Permaculture Workshop Programs for adults and children.
Toronto Field Naturalists Promoting a love of nature in Toronto since 1923.
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.