(May 13, 2015 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) – For the first time, residents of Mississauga can register for LEAF’s Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program, to be held later this month at the Bradley Museum (620 Orr Rd, Mississauga). The City of Mississauga is excited to partner with LEAF on this program, which includes over 15 hours of indoor and outdoor instruction with experts.

“The Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program provides participants with tree-related knowledge and skills. It is for anyone who has ever wanted to learn more about trees and how to properly care for them” said Janet McKay, Executive Director at LEAF.

Topics covered include tree biology, identification, planting and care, as well as urban stresses, bylaws, and avenues for community stewardship.  As part of the course, students will put their new knowledge into practice through interactive activities and a group tree planting.

“We’re really excited to help bring LEAF’s program to Mississauga” said Jessica McEachren, Acting Manager, Forestry, City of Mississauga. “The City is committed to maintaining and growing our urban tree canopy. This program will teach residents how to properly care for trees in our city and will help us to conserve and enhance the City’s open spaces and forested areas for future generations to enjoy.”

LEAF has offered the Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program for approximately ten years in Toronto and York Region. Graduates of the program have gone on to start their own projects, such as tree-planting campaigns, Adopt-a-Tree activities, and caring for community gardens.

The Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program begins on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Bradley Museum, and includes three weekday evenings and a Saturday. The cost of the program is $50 + HST, or $75 + HST with the recommended Citizen Arborist manual. For more information and to register, visit http://www.yourleaf.org.

Interviews available upon request.  

CONTACTS:

Janet McKay
Executive Director, LEAF
416-413-9244 x17 (Office)
janet[at]yourleaf.org

Robyn Stewart
Education and Outreach Coordinator, LEAF
416-413-9244 x14 (Office)
robyn[at]yourleaf.org

LEAF is a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest.  We engage residents through planting, education and stewardship programs.