Get Involved in Toronto

We plan and deliver a variety of events and programs in partnership with residents, schools, neighbourhood groups and local municipalities that educate and engage the public in environmental initiatives.

Our community engagement programs cover natural and cultural heritage awareness, homeowner outreach and education, habitat creation and citizen science.






Highland Greening Project


The Highland Creek Green Team, a collective of passionate Highland community members, is taking the Greening Plans and putting them into action on the ground — actively addressing key issues that impact the health of the Highland, including urban stormwater runoff and the loss of natural features.

With the involvement of homeowners, apartment residents, school groups, college students, and other special interest groups, the Highland Creek Green Team is learning and informing others about local environmental issues and building capacity to effect change at home, at school, in parks, and at other sites around their neighbourhoods.

Highland Creek school planting project

Are you interested in the initiatives identified in the Greening Plans? Do you want to help make a difference in your neighbourhood? Take action and get involved with the Highland Creek Green Team!

Take Action!

  • Take action right in your back yard! The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) Healthy Yards Program provides residents with the inspiration, information and tools required to create naturally beautiful lawns and gardens.
  • LEAF’s backyard tree program offers native trees and shrubs to homeowners at a subsidized cost.
  • Install a rain barrel to capture and reuse water in your yard. Save water and reduce your water bill.
  • Disconnect your downspout to reduce the amount of water flowing directly to the storm sewer system. Contact the City of Toronto for more information and learn more with the Do It Yourself guide.

Pollinator Plants Restoration Project

April 1, 2011 – March 31, 2014

The Pollinator Plants Restoration Project engaged community groups, schools and faith groups in the restoration of pollinator habitat through wildflower planting, community gardens and education.

elementary school student takes part in Morningside Park pollinator project


  • Planted 5,200 native wildflowers in Morningside Park
  • Planted 600 trees and flowering shrubs in Morningside Park
  • Installed a Pollinator Garden (1100 native wildflowers) at the Salvation Army Agincourt Community Church and at St. Bede’s School (1000 native wildflowers)
  • Converted approximately 1.5 ha of land from turf grass to native pollinator habitat
  • Provided 10 gardens with bee condos
  • Hosted a Gardening with Native Plants workshop for the public
  • Hosted a Creating a Community Garden at your Place of Worship workshop
  • Hosted Creating a Butterfly Garden at your School Workshop

In total, more than 1,725 people volunteered their time to make the pollinator plant restoration project a success!

This project was undertaken with the financial support of:


Colin Love
Supervisor, Education, Training and Outreach
416.661.6600 x 5389