Category: Events

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

Planting for Change (P4C) 2017

There are 7 new Planting for Change (P4C) schools in spring and fall of 2017. TD FEF funded the projects, which brought schools and their wider communities together to create mini-climate change outdoor classrooms/labs. The school plants 61 native trees and shrubs and monitors five different indicator species each year

Riparian Rangers 2017

This year ACER received 3 grants from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund (GLGCF). We worked with Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA), Quinte Conservation Authority, and Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA). These projects each involved planting a 1000 trees and shrubs in the spring and fall of 2017 with

Citizen Science Launches 2017

ACER developed the Citizen Science (CSI) program with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). TD Friend of the Environment Fund funded the implementation of this project. In spring and fall of 2017, CSI was launched at 4 Planting for Change (P4C) schools; John William Boich Public School, Humberview Secondary

Monitoring Events

City of Mississauga Serson Park Planting and Monitoring On September 23rd, 2017 the City of Mississauga organized a planting at Serson Park in Mississauga for National Forest Week. ACER taught volunteers how to measure 10% of the trees and shrubs being planted. Community Volunteers planted 250 trees and shrubs. ACER

ACER Interns and Associates

This summer ACER the interns from Sheridan College were Murat Oguzsimsaroglu, Souvik Banerjee, Faria Malik, and Kanna Sivakumar. The University of Toronto Scarborough intern was Bahy Salah. These interns did tree inventories at two Sheridan College campuses. They continued the inventory at the Sheridan College Davis campus started by previous

Earth Day Tree Plantings Celebrate Canada 150

Join the City of Mississauga and partners at the annual Earth Day tree planting event on Saturday, April 22 at 9:30 a.m.  This year, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and to kick off the tree planting program for 2017, 150 trees will be planted in each of Mississauga’s 11 wards. 

Étienne Brûlé and Wendat Celebration: Sept. 11-13, 2015

2015 marks the 400th anniversary of Étienne Brûlé’s expedition with the Wendat-Huron from Orillia to Lake Ontario along the Toronto Carrying Place Trail. ACER is delighted to be collaborating with a variety of organizations to bring the history of Brûlé’s expedition to life during the second week in September. A

Seedy Saturday Mississauga

ACER presented a workshop and had a display table at the Seedy Saturday event held at the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga. The workshop introduced the audience to ACER’s TreeCaching program and provided tips on how to identify trees in winter.  A total of 20 vendors and ENGOs were present at

Halton Eco Festival

ACER participated at the Halton Eco Festival this past Saturday April 6th, 2013. It was organized by the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights and featured live presentations of exotic animals and 50 educational booths. Please see link for more details:  


On Oct. 24th, 2012, ACER provided tree measuring workshops to high school students from all over Peel Region. Students learnt how to measure the root collar, DBH, crown width, and total height of a tree. The ECOBUZZ workshops were held at Sheridan College and run by Ecosource. Photos below taken

Halton Forest Festival

From Oct. 10th to Oct. 13th, 2012, ACER trained over 100 people and students to measure trees at the Halton Forest Festival. Classes came in by bus to Rattlesnake Point in Oakville, ON to participate in the first ever Halton Forest Festival. ACER was one of the many organizations that

TD Tree Days – Lowville Park

[scrollGallery id=39] On Sunday, September 30, 2012, ACER participated in the “40 million trees – TD Tree Days” program organized by TD Bank at the Lowville Park in Burlington Ontario. The project was run by TD Bank (Burloak Branch) and Trout Unlimited. Volunteers planted 250 trees along the Bronte Creek

Nature Connection at Downsview Park

[scrollGallery id=34] On Sunday, September 9, 2012, ACER trained members of the community in monitoring newly planted trees. Downsview Park staff, Jonathan Deshman, trained the nearly 20 volunteers on the proper techniques to plant trees and ACER instructed them on how to measure and keep track of the trees that

2012 FutureWatch

Natural Connections Open House [scrollGallery id=33] On August 22, 2012, ACER participated on the first Natural Connections’ Open House organized by FutureWatch and Conservation Halton at Crawford Lake in Milton, Ontario. Over 50 new immigrants and new members of the community attended to a day full of activities, lectures and

2012 AGM

ACER hosted its 2012 AGM at the Humber Arboretum, Toronto. At 4:30 p.m., Lynn Short led a walk through the area, showing the projects that ACER has established since the late 1990s. We would like to thank all who attended! ACER Team

Earth Day Community Tree Planting Festival

[scrollGallery id=27] On Saturday, April 21, 2012, ACER Participated in the “Earth Day Community Tree Planting Festival” at Princess Point to take benchmark measurements of the 10 species of trees planted. Throughout the day ACER worked with young naturalist and volunteers in monitoring the mass planting using a scientifically-sound sampling

Halton Eco Festival

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, ACER attended the 12th annual Halton Eco Festival at the Glen Abbey Community Centre in Oakville. This event was organized by the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights, and it was a one-day environmental fair for sustainable living and biodiversity. At the

Earth Day Community Tree Planting Festival on April 21st, 2012

On Saturday, April 21st, ACER will be participating in the “Earth Day Community Tree Planting Festival”, organized by Earth Day Hamilton-Burlington, from 11 am to 3 pm, at Princess Point (Cootes Paradise) foot of Longwood Rd. N. ACER will be measuring a portion of the 500 trees that will be

Training Day at Humber Arboretum

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, ACER held a training event for interns and other interested people at Humber Arboretum. The goal of the training was to instruct people to use international protocol carrying out forest inventory. During the training, participants split up into two teams and measured trees from two

Sharing Our Experiences Workshop

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, ACER attended the Sharing Experiences Workshop held by the Conservation of Hamilton. The goal of this workshop is to get together, share, learn and network for community based environmental groups. Throughout the day ACER participated in the event by sharing and learning about other organizations,

STAO Conference 2011

Alice Casselman will presenting “Get your hands and head around Climate Change in your own schoolyard” at the STAO 2011 Conference in Toronto. From 1 pm to 2 pm at the Hamilton Room, DoubleTree by Hilton, Toronto Airport Monitor long-term effects on trees using measurement equipment, manuals, and international protocols.

TL Kennedy SS – Measuring Day

On Tuesday June 21, 2011 ACER continued the monitoring of the TL Kennedy plot in Mississauga. Taking more measurements and seeing to the maintenance of the plot. Tree tags were also put in place to further help the monitoring of the plot. P4C Coordinator, Sophie Lu, Volunteer Dillon and Volunteer

Herb Campbell PS – Green Futures Award Ceremony

On Monday, June 20, 2011 ACER attended an Awards Ceremony at Herb Campbell PS, Caledon. The Green Futures National Award is presented to one school across Canada annually that demonstrates environmental sustainability via its initiatives/actions. At Herb Campbell P.S., the environmental initiatives and actions are a collaborative effort on the

Oakville Trafalgar SS – Measuring Day

On Tuesday November 19, 2010 ACER continued the monitoring of the Oakville Trafalgar plot in Oakville. Taking more measurements and seeing to the maintenance of the plot. The plot is doing well, a sign of proper maintenance and care on the part of students and staff. Our thanks go out

Applewood SS – Measuring Day

On November 19, 2010 ACER continued the monitoring of the Applewood plot in Mississauga. Taking more measurements and seeing to the maintenance of the plot. The plot is doing well, a sign of proper maintenance and care on the part of students and staff. Our thanks go out to everyone

Earth Day – Downsview Park

On April 25, 2004, Earth Day, ACER planted trees at Downsview Park in a demo plot. The plot will needed to be measured again later this Spring and we look forward to the growth and development of the plot. Our thanks go out to all that helped plant and measure,

STAO Presentation

On December 14, 2007 ACER presented for The Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario. ACER gave an overview of the programs that we offer to educators from across the province as well as independant organizations and members of the community. ACER is thankful to STAO for the opportunity to inform educators