Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program

The 50 Million Tree Program offers financial and technical assistance for tree planting. Property owners with room to plant a minimum of 500 trees (usually less than an acre), can apply. We match you with a planting agent who will work with you to create a plan for your property and deliver professional planting.

This program is supported by the Government of Canada.

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Forests Ontario’s Response to Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy

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Forests Ontario is proud to have been recognized as a leader in forestry education opportunities for our youth in the Ministry of Nature Resources and Forestry’s ‘A Blueprint for Success: Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy’. Our forests are one of our most important resources and provide us with a wide range of ecological, social, and economic values. The sustainable management of our forests, and the assurance that all of the values we derive from them are provided over the long-term, requires ongoing effort and dialogue.

Please view our formal response to the Forest Sector Strategy in the attached letter.
Environmental & Forest Education in the Classroom: Summary of Key Workshop Findings

Environmental & Forest Education in the Classroom: Summary of Key Workshop Findings

The long-term well being of our forests is dependent upon engaging and fostering future environmental stewards. However, reaching youth through the school system is becoming increasingly challenging, and many organizations across the province and country have noted barriers in delivering meaningful and sustainable education programs.

In response, Forests Ontario, PLT Canada, and CIF-IFC facilitated a workshop in April, 2019 to discuss the state of environmental and forest education in Ontario, explore the barriers to program delivery, and uncover opportunities to increase participation and impact.

We are pleased now to share a summary report of the workshop and our key findings.

Leaf It To Memory

Leaf It To Memory

Activities

A fun memory style game to improve knowledge of key characteristics of  20 tree species.

  • Indoor
  • biology
  • Science
  • Observation
2018: Climate Change

2018: Climate Change

Study Guides

Climate change is characterized by an alteration in global or regional climate patterns. It is currently projected that by 2050 average temperatures will rise between 2.5°C-3.7 °C. It is crucial that countries take united action in order to combat the global increase in temperature. If no action is taken, countries across the globe will experience, among others, degraded water supplies, reduced biodiversity, and increased threats to human health as a result of smog and disease intensities.

While climate change does present significant challenges ahead, it also provides an opportunity for innovation and creative problem solving. Canada has the potential to become a world leader in the fight against climate change thanks to the expansion of the global green economy and increasing public interest.

  • Indoor
  • biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Science
  • Social Science
2019: Agroecology

2019: Agroecology

Study Guides

Broadly speaking, agroecology is the application of ecological concepts and principles to agriculture. Agroecology as a system optimizes interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment while safeguarding the social aspects of a sustainable and fair food system. It is believed that agroecology can deliver food security and ecosystem health, while still promoting economic stability. In saying this, agroecology is location and situation specific – there is not a “one size fits all” approach. Rather, it offers a set of principles to govern food and farming systems – approaches that can be locally-adapted and regionally applied.

With increasing pressure on ecosystems and biodiversity, the demand for sustainable farming practices has never been greater. Through this study guide students will be introduced to agroecology, its key principals and the benefits of agroecology.

  • Indoor
  • Agriculture
  • biology
  • Geography
  • Science

How Much Wood?

Lesson Plans

Students will learn how to conduct a forest resource inventory and practice taking tree measurements in order to calculate the quantity and financial value of wood in a forested area.

  • Indoors/Outdoors
  • Math
  • Measurement
  • Numeracy

Forest Certification

Lesson Plans

Students will learn about forest certification programs and how they are administered.

  • Indoors
  • Business/Economics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Communication
  • Inquiry
  • Research

Parts of Tree

Fact Sheets

Learn about the parts of a tree and their function with this handy factsheet.

  • biology
  • Science
  • Language Arts

Forest Growth & Carbon Capture

Lesson Plans

In this lesson, students will learn about the dynamic growth rate of a tree as it ages and the variable environmental factors that affect its growth.

  • Indoors
  • Math
  • Numeracy

Weird Wood Flashcards – Jr

Activities

Have you ever wondered where the man-made things around you come from? All of them had to come from somewhere! These fun flashcards cards can be printed and will help students learn where everyday wood products come from. They may even find the some surprising items are made with wood.