OUR MISSION: As our climate changes, ACER supports communities with grass roots initiatives to plant trees, and educate on how to measure, monitor and report on tree health and growth

Planting for Change (P4C)


We help your class create a schoolyard planting site that acts as a mini-climate change outdoor classroom/lab – an easily accessible teaching tool to complement climate change, geography, math, science, and world studies curriculum (see curriculum connections here). Planting 4 Change is a program where Acer works with schools to create a schoolyard planting site that acts as a mini climate change outdoor classroom and lab for students to interact and learn from. Students will collect data on the health and yearly growth of their tree plantings as they explore issues surrounding climate change locally and globally. Hands-on involvement with the planting site engages them and helps make the issues of climate change relevant to them.

Teachers who want to address climate change and plant trees in their schoolyards, which are often wide open lawns and sports fields with little tree cover, can engage their students through this program. 

Find your school’s Planting for Change page

Our program is funded by Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Canadian Tree Fund, Maple Leaves Forever, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Earth Day Canada Community Environment Fund.

Map Legend
Schools marked with blue: P4C sites planted 2008-2015
Schools marked with yellow: P4C sites planted 2016


Tree planting volunteer opportunities are available this spring. Click here to register!

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