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Forests Ontario supports the Ontario Library Association by greening the stages of the Festival of T

TORONTO, ON, May12th, 2015 – Helping students understand the importance of our forests and trees has long been central to the mission of Forests Ontario. It’s for this reason that Forests Ontario jumped on-board at Toronto Harbourfront Centre to support the Ontario Library Association’s Festival of Trees, a leading educational initiative designed to teach students about the value of trees, how they grow, and the many products made from trees that we use in our daily lives.

The Festival of Trees, Canada’s largest literary event for young readers, is taking place in Toronto on May 12th and 13th at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen’s Quay West). The event will to attract more than 10,000 students, educators and visitors and feature activities and exhibits to get students excited about reading.

Forests Ontario will be on hand to share our education resources for students ranging from kindergarten to grade 12. To help the Ontario Library Association set the tone for the event, Forests Ontario will contribute 20 trees grown at Sheridan Nurseries in Georgetown, Ontario for the event’s stages. Following the festival, the trees will be donated to several lucky schools throughout Toronto to plant and nurture for the future. Bringing trees to schools is just one of the ways that Forests Ontario works to bridge the gap between students and nature, helping to ensure that students get the vital benefits from the nature connection.

Forests Ontario’s publication “A Healthy Dose of Green” has documented the positive impact that green spaces and trees have on our health and well-being, including lower rates of heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses as well as promoting an active lifestyle. We hope that in making our schools greener, we can inspire students to spend more time outdoors reading and being active.

The Festival of Trees is a part of the Forest for Reading, a program of the Ontario Library Association. The Forest of Reading is Canada’s largest recreational reading program, offering programs for students at all levels with a focus on Canadian authors. Forests Ontario is pleased to be involved with such an initiative and support literacy and Canadian artists. Visitors to the festival will have the opportunity to meet authors and illustrators, attend author/illustrator workshops, take part in activities and games, and win prizes. A French edition of the festival will also be held on the 13th at Harbourfront Centre.

 

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About Forests Ontario

 

Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario’s forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit www.forestsontario.ca or follow us @Forests_Ontario.

For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact:

 

Jessica Kaknevicius

Education Programs Manager

Forests Ontario

416.646.1193 ext. 226

jkaknevicius@forestsontario.ca