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A new way for Ontario educators to get children to “see the trees through the forests”

TORONTO, November 12, 2009 –  The Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation (ORMF), Trees Ontario and the Ontario Forestry Association (OFA) have developed a series of free Focus on Forests materials designed to teach children all about trees and tree seeds. The online kit includes lesson plans and activities and is available at

“Focus on Forests is a trusted source of teaching resources matched with the provincial course curriculum and celebrates our most precious environmental resource, our forests,” said Carla Grant, Executive Director, OFA. “We encourage educators to go online to see how they can get their school involved in this new and fun way to teach kids all about our important trees.”

For students in grades 1 to 6, the Focus on Forests lesson plans provide material to engage and further educate students on tree seed identification, collection and germination, and the importance of growing healthy, native trees. Restoration activities (focused on native tree seed and tree planting), undertaken by Trees Ontario in partnership with the ORMF are highlighted in this resource. General information about the Oak Ridges Moraine including how the Moraine was formed and history of the area is also provided.

“This program has been made available through funding from the ORMF as part of an on-going seed program partnership with Trees Ontario,” said Kim Gavine, Executive Director, ORMF. “We are thrilled to be extending this partnership into Ontario classrooms, particularly those situated on the Moraine, thanks to the OFA and the Focus on Forests program,”

For more information about the program, click here.