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

Resources for Schools


Planting for Change (P4C)

Your school can participate in a project that creates a planting site on your schoolyard. We have already fifteen P4C schools in Ontario and the growing network of sites with mini-climate change outdoor classrooms enable teachers to complement their curriculum. Additionally, since all our data is used and analyzed by Environment Canada, your school will be helping researchers to track climate change effects on new tree plantings.


Measuring Our ResourcesMeasuring Our Resources

This is a project in which the students 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

Species ID

These pages 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.