OUR MISSION: ACER supports communities, government agencies and corporations in taking action to reduce biodiversity loss and strengthen climate resilience by increasing and monitoring urban and riparian zone forest canopy.

Resources for Schools

Planting for Change (P4C) Resources 

These resources help schools establish and maintain a P4C mini climate change lab in their schoolyard that not only teaches students how to plant, mulch, measure and report on tree health and growth but also complements the Ontario Curriculum.  Additionally, all data collected can be analyzed to help scientists and researchers track climate change effects on new tree plantings.

Measuring Our ResourcesMeasuring Our Resources (MOR)

This is a program in which the students learn how to measure trees in their schoolyard and this way they monitor the local effects of a globally changing climate. ACER developed a set of field activities and assessments as a second cross-curriculum program, using GPS coordinates to create a QGIS digitized map. It also enhances curriculum in mathematics, literacy, science and geography by involving core learning in grades 7-12; and it builds interpersonal communication skills as the project requires extensive teamwork by the students.

Species ID

Tree and Shrub Species ID Resources

These resources will help students and educators identify species of trees and shrubs in forest and schoolyard biodiversity plots. Photos and concise descriptions of the main characteristics of each specimen are provided.