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Seeds To Forest

Seeds to Forest is a NEW program we are offering to London elementary schools!


What is it?

Seeds to Forest is a new program open to Grade 4, 5 and 6 classes in elementary schools in London. Students will learn about trees and their impact on the local environment through a 4-part series of educational activities. 

The 4 activities modules are:
1) Growing Tree Seedlings in the Classroom: Students plant seeds of native tree species and raise seedlings throughout the winter and spring, before taking seedlings home in May/June. Students learn about the life cycle of trees and requirements of plants. 

2) Tree Planting Site Planning Workshop: Students work with ReForest London staff to learn how to make appropriate species recommendations for schoolyard trees. Students learn about tree requirements (light, moisture, soil, etc). 

3) Schoolyard Tree Planting Event: Students plant large shade trees in their schoolyard, with assistance from ReForest London staff. The number of trees planted at each school will vary, but on average we expect 450 trees per year to be planted in London schoolyards. 

4) Tree Hike Field Trip: Students attend a tree hike through a local mature forest in one of the city’s Environmentally Significant Areas (ESA).  


These hands-on, interconnected activities will enhance students’ connection with nature and their understanding of trees, and the role of trees in our urban forest, all while adding more trees to schoolyards in London and contributing to the Million Tree Challenge.
There are numerous curriculum connections available throughout the 4 modules – embedding environmental education into mathematics, science and technology, language, arts, social sciences, and more.


Who is eligible?

  • Elementary schools in the City of London (including public, Catholic, French, and private schools)
  • 2 classes from each school, in Grades 4, 5 or 6 may participate
  • Additional classes may participate in the seedling growing activity if supplies are available, at an extra cost. 


What is the cost to participate?   St Francis

There is NO COST to participate in this program! 

Your school will be provided with the supplies and seeds required to grow approximately 60 baby trees, or, enough for 2 classes of students. (Additional seedling supplies may be purchased.)

We will allocate a certain number of large shade trees to your schoolyard, based on need. If your school wishes to plant additional trees beyond what our program can fund, you will be required to fundraise for those extra trees.

Busing for the field trip (tree hike) is provided through this program, and busing arrangements will be made by our staff.

How many schools can participate each year?  

We will work with 30 schools per year. Priority will be given to those schools who display highest need for trees.

How many trees will be planted in our schoolyard in this program? What size will they be?

The size of trees planted may vary from school to school, based on site requirements and board policy, but we expect trees to range in size from potted trees between approx. 6'-10’ in height; to wire basket 30-50mm caliper trees at approx. 8-14’ in height. The number of trees that can be planted in each schoolyard will depend on the size and price.  Where schools are required to plant larger trees, there may be 3 trees planted, whereas if schools plant smaller trees, up to 20 trees may be planted. Our staff will work with your school staff to determine an appropriate planting plan.

Princess ElizabethWhen do the activities take place? 

Seedling Planting: February to early March
Site Planning Workshop: Late March to April
Tree Planting: May or October
Tree Hike: May-June or October


Teachers must have the support of their principals to register. 

Fill out our registration form HERE

One of our staff will then contact you to discuss your school's involvement, and, if approved, begin planning your tree projects! 




Questions? Contact Christy Cook at or 519-936-9548 ext 222


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