Urban Tree Walks

Engaging the community face-to-face

 

At EarthSake we believe that it is important to reach out to communities and help them appreciate their environments as dynamic ecosystems. This leads to a greater understanding of how human behaviours influence the sustainability of robust healthy environments. Embedding such ecological capacity in local communities is an important part of what EarthSake does.

Community Engagement thru Education

At EarthSake we believe that it is important to reach out to communities and help them appreciate their environments as dynamic ecosystems. This leads to a greater understanding of how human behaviours influence the sustainability of robust healthy environments. Embedding such ecological capacity in local communities is an important part of what EarthSake does.

There are two ways that EarthSake provides support to communities in this regard. The first is our commitment to provide online educational resources through our blogs, video productions and PDF downloads. The second way is  by conducting periodic half-day urban ecology oriented walking fieldtrips in the Greater Toronto Area. These walks are organized around specific topics ranging from very basic plant identification to highly developed ones such as those listed below:

 

  • plant symbioses
  • the effects of climatic / water / nutrient stress on vegetation
  • vegetation and soil
  • evergreen species in urban environments
  • understanding the ecology of exotic and invasive plant species
  • insect – plant relationships in urban environments