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Dig In! News - February 2011
Evening stewardship at Downsview Park with the U of T English Language Club. Photo: Rolla Tahir.
Spring Has Sprung
The warmer weather is finally here. With daffodils popping up all around, spring is in full swing, and with it volunteer opportunities abound. The planting season begins across the GTA this month. Read on for events in your area. We are also celebrating National Volunteer Week April 10–16, Earth Month and Evergreen’s 20 years of bringing nature to cities. So come out, rain or shine, and dig in—see you out there!
GTA Planting and Stewardship
Shovels ready for planting. Photo: Lori Harrison.

Get your hands dirty this spring at planting and stewardship events across the city. Below are some highlights. Be sure to visit our event calendar for the latest on events in your area and sign up! Everyone is welcome.

Volunteers work on a garden at EBW. Photo: Claire Ellenwood.

Evergreen Brick Works

Everyone is welcome to join our weekly gardening groups, Tuesdays 6–8pm, starting April 12. On April 23, celebrate Earth Day with an invasive species pull from 10am–Noon.

Building nursery beds

Kitchener

Evergreen is excited about our new partnership with the City of Kitchener. Our work will focus on stewardship and restoration at the Huron Natural Area. The Earth Day tree planting event is set for Saturday, April 23.

Stormwater pond planting

Markham

We’re back in Markham this year, with events in parks and open spaces across the municipality, including native tree and shrub planting at Huntington Park on May 4 and a wildflower planting at Fierheller Park on May 7.

Plus, relax your mind, body and soul on June 5 at Range Valley Park, where we will be combining the ancient art of Tai Chi with our restoration efforts!

Downsview planting

Mississauga

Mississauga is going global—join us for International Day of Biodiversity at McKechnie Woods Park on May 14! We’re celebrating Earth Day at Rathwood Park on April 30 and you can take part in other events this spring at Erindale Park, Osprey Marsh, Shelby Woods and more.

Earth Day 2010 at Downsview Park. Photo: Sung Soo.

Parc Downsview Park

At our annual Downsview Park Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 17, come learn about Canada’s first national urban park and Evergreen’s efforts to help establish the Canada Forest—the only urban forest in Canada. Plus, learn about stormwater management, the native tree nursery and small animal habitat.

McCowan Park planting

Richmond Hill

Join Evergreen and the Town of Richmond Hill at planting and stewardship events across the municipality, including a native tree planting at Phyllis Rawlinson Park on April 16 & April 17 and stewardship at Hunter’s Point Park on April 19. You can celebrate International Biodiversity Day by planting a tree and nurturing wildlife habitat at Russell Tilt Park on May 28.

Your Impact
Volunteers Edward Chan and his three teenage children.

Green City Family

The Chan family from Richmond Hill were some of our most dedicated volunteers in 2010. Find out what inspires them to dig in for Evergreen.

Russell Tilt planting group in Richmond Hill.

Focus On Diversity

Evergreen is committed to creating a diverse and equitable workplace. In order to help us achieve this goal, Evergreen has engaged Turner Consulting Group to conduct an Organizational Diversity Audit. The results will be used to make recommendations for creating a more inclusive and welcoming work environment for all employees, interns and volunteers.

Your input is necessary to ensure that all voices are heard and we hope that you will participate in the online survey and/or focus groups. Your input will be confidential. Please contact Melissa Watanabe, Evergreen’s HR Manager, if you have any questions.

2010 GTA Tree Tally: 0 trees and shrubs + 0 wildflowers planted... Get ready to watch them grow!
Tips and Tools
Labrador tea. Photo: Brenda Taylor.

Labrador Tea

This hardy bog plant, attractive to pollinators and a traditional remedy for stomach and respiratory ailments, can be found all across Canada and is a native plant we love.

Current Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers prep a food table at Doors Open 2010. Photo: Melissa Yu.

Event Assistant – Earth Day at Evergreen Brick Works

Join us to celebrate Earth Day and Evergreen's 20th Anniversary. The festival takes place over two days with many ways to get involved. From food prep and serving to helping out around the site.

Two volunteers at Downsview Park Earth Day 2009. Photo: Lori Harrison.

Event Assistant – Earth Day at Downsview Park

Get your hands dirty at our annual Earth Day event at Downsview Park! Help out with planting, lead groups and answer questions about Evergreen.

A young boy waters plants in a pot.

Wednesday Waterer

Calling all green thumbs! Help out at our new and improved Evergreen Garden Market to ensure that plant stock is thriving.

The 2010 Roots for Reconciliation Group. Photo: Evergreen.

Evergreen’s Board

We’re looking for dynamic, knowledgable board members to help lead Evergreen into the future.

A volunteer helps with signage for an event. Photo: Melissa Yu.

Event Assistant – Kids’ World of Energy

Help us kick off the season at Evergreen Brick Works by getting involved with this two-day event on energy and sustainability for kids and families.

A volunteer leads a craft table. Photo: Shadi Edarehchi.

Chimney Court Crafter

Use your imagination, creativity and passion for crafts to lead children in artsy activities Saturday mornings during the Farmers’ Market.

Two of our awesome Welcome Hosts. Photo: Sarah Weaver.

Welcome Host

Help us roll out the welcome mat! Greet visitors to the Young Welcome Centre with your bright smile and share your knowledge of Evergreen Brick Works and programs on site.

A volunteer helps a visitor with a site map. Photo: Helen Klassen.

Weekend Program Assistant

Help connect Toronto’s communities with nature in the heart of the city. You can volunteer at the Farmers’ Market, special events and regular programs.

An Evergreen Volunteer greets and directs vistors at an event. Photo: Vera Gillman.

Community Ambassador

Use your people skills to spread the word about Evergreen and Evergreen Brick Works throughout Toronto.

A monitor checks the leaves of a plant.

Volunteer Leader – Nature Monitoring

Use your Nature Specialist skills to lead volunteer groups in wildlife studies and monitoring at Evergreen Brick Works.

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Evergreen About Evergreen

Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities—now and for the future.

Photo credits: Rolla Tahir (Top Image), Lori Harrison (Shovels, Downsview Park Event Assistant), Claire Ellenwood (EBW Stewardship), Sung Soo (Downsview Park Planting), Brenda Taylor (Labrador tea), Melissa Yu (EBW Event Assistant, Kids World of Energy Assistant), Shadi Edarehchi (Chimney Court Crafter), Sarah Weaver (Welcome Hosts), Hellen Klassen (Program Assistant), Vera Gillman (Community Ambassador).

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