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Tree Planting in Mississauga 10/16/21

This Saturday 10/16 at 10 AM, ACER is hosting a tree planting event at Applewood Heights Park in Mississauga! We’ll provide the materials, and COVID safety protocols will be in effect. RSVP today! This event is made possible by the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative grant and our partner, the City

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Ontario’s Own Heritage Red Oak

Written by ACER executive board member Elizabeth MacLean, with a tree planting guide by ACER founding president Alice Casselman. Ontario has its own celebrated oak tree. Known as the Heritage Red Oak, the giant tree stands near the edge of the Humber River, in the yard of a house on

Forge Ahead with TreeTrackers.ca

Written by ACER executive board member Elizabeth MacLean. “The sky’s the limit,” said Fazal Khan in an August on-line preview presentation of the TreeTrackers.ca website to ACER Board members and friends. He was describing the potential of both the website and its creators, a team of high-school and university students hired by

ACER AGM Presents Alumni and Reopens 2021

On June 13, just as COVID-19 restrictions reopened across Ontario ACER, the Association for Canadian Educational Resources, held its Annual General Meeting. The virtual meeting was simulcast on YouTube to a Canada-wide audience of members, Canada Summer Jobs interns, scientists and agency collaborators.  Video keynotes from two ACER interns who found career jobs

ACER Alumni: Tyler Orsulak

Part four of ACER’s Where Are They Now? series, a celebration of our wonderful former employees, interns, volunteers, and other folks who have made our work possible. Written by ACER executive board member Elizabeth MacLean. Tyler Orsulak’s career path is looking a little straighter now — diverse strands are weaving together

ACER Alumni: Julia Bilas

Part three of ACER’s Where Are They Now? series, a celebration of our wonderful former employees, interns, volunteers, and other folks who have made our work possible. Written by ACER executive board member Elizabeth MacLean. Julia Bilas says she always leaned toward the sciences — she grew up helping her mother

*Closed* We are Hiring Summer Interns

** Update: May 21, 2021 — Internship positions have now been filled. Thank you for your interest! ** ACER (Association for Canadian Educational Resources) is excited to open our application process for summer interns. Positions are available in the Region of Peel. ACER’s research and activities contribute to reaching UN

Spring Flowers: Maple Suite

With spring upon us, it’s the perfect time to explore our Spring Flowers activity suites! Start with our newest addition: the maple. Check out our activities for more ways to engage the outdoors.

ACER Alumni: Daniel Kim

Part two of ACER’s Where Are They Now? series, a celebration of our wonderful former employees, interns, volunteers, and other folks who have made our work possible. Written by ACER executive board member Elizabeth MacLean. It’s more than 10,000 km from his birthplace in Seoul, South Korea to the office in

ACER Alumni: Jason Weiler

Part one of ACER’s Where Are They Now? series, a celebration of our wonderful former employees, interns, volunteers, and other folks who have made our work possible. Written by ACER executive board member Elizabeth MacLean. Jason Weiler loves his work as Parks Ecologist in Calgary, where his current project is

Sheridan Inventory Fall 2020

Tree Inventory was carried out, under COVID protocols, by 7 students Sheridan College – Davis Campus Brampton in two field teams, each of 3 members and 1 person working remotely. The field teams measured 406 trees (38 species) for analysis and mapping. The Japanese tree Lilac and Silver Maple had

ACER Gets Peel Region Nod, for Community-Engaged Climate Action in Knightsbridge

For immediate release: December 18, 2020 Written by Catherine Soplet Project Crossroads can address trifecta of crises: climate change, racism and COVID-19 On December 10 Peel Regional Council heard encouraging ground truth from Brampton’s Knightsbridge residents, who have been hardest hit by COVID‑19. A two-minute video of volunteers’ testimonials opened the

Save Toronto’s Historic Red Oak

One of Toronto’s oldest tree needs our help. The Red Oak has stood for at least 250 years, if not longer. It is formally recognized by Forest Ontario’s Heritage Tree program. In September 2019, a commemorative plaque was placed next to the tree that reads as follows: “The large red

ACER Featured in Toronto.com Article on Outdoor Education

Andrew Palamarchuk featured ACER in an article about outdoor education in North York during COVID-19. Check out a short excerpt below: Alice Casselman, a retired science teacher and founding president of the Association of Canadian Educational Resources (ACER), said outdoor educators have now been given “a new lease on life.”

ACER Thanks Knightsbridge Residents for Welcoming Project Crossroads Trees

ACER thanks Knightsbridge residents for welcoming Project Crossroads trees, to contribute much-needed cooling shade and sustained climate change research into areas hardest-hit by COVID-19 pandemic. On October 29, the final of four community tree plantings was installed with local volunteers on the grounds of Peel Living social housing. Adhering to

Fantastic fall planting at Folkstone Park in a SNAP

On October 17 at Folkstone Park and October 24 at Knightsbridge Kings Cross apartments, local residents in Bramalea will be supported in tree planting for climate change research. “These locations sit in low tree canopy areas, where many residents are really hurting as a result of the COVID pandemic,” says Alice

ACER Lifts Knightsbridge Wellbeing with Project Crossroads for Thanksgiving

On October 7, ACER (Association for Canadian Educational Resources) held its inaugural installation of Project Crossroads community tree planting event, for climate change research. Knightsbridge residents of diverse ages and backgrounds were drawn from schools, faith, and community organizations. “We braced against stormy weather today and difficult times over the past 18

Project Crossroads Volunteers Needed

We need your help! ACER is hosting Project Crossroads, a series of tree planting events in Brampton made possible with funding from the Arbor Day Foundation.We’re looking for volunteers to join us in Bramalea. We’ve created and field tested COVID-19 planting protocols, which will allows us to beautify the community

ACER: Ready for Back-to-School, with COVID Protocol and Distance Learning Programs

September 2020 – ACER is ready and waiting for back-to-school programs to kick in! In addition to pre-scheduled community tree planting activities and volunteer opportunities for monitoring and maintenance of established school yard tree sites, ACER offers resources on-line at www.acer-acre.ca for distance learning units in Ecology 101 and biology, as well as

ACER Reopens in Stage 3 — Field Test of COVID-19 Planting Protocol

August 2020 – on August 6, within one week of Stage 3 reopening for Peel Region that lifted restrictions on group gatherings, nearly 50 reforestation experts, conservation staff and community volunteers gathered at Fleetwood Park in Mississauga, to field test a COVID protocol for community tree planting. “Pinch me!” said

Spring Flowers Activities

Spring has sprung, and many flowers are in bloom! While we continue to practice physical distancing to protect ourselves and our neighbours in these strange times, take a digital stroll through the blossoms. Explore our Spring Flowers activities today, perfect for distance learning. Dandelion Suite Crab Apple Suite Forsythia Suite