TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - In 1991, before the notion of nature deficit
disorder became mainstream, three university students established
Evergreen, an organization aimed at connecting city dwellers with
"We had some big ideas 20 years ago, and they quickly gained momentum as
the wider community embraced our efforts," says Geoff Cape, Evergreen's
executive director. "Thanks to the energy, passion and dedication of
our donors, partners, supporters, volunteers and staff, here we still
are—bringing nature to schools, communities and homes throughout
With support from our lead national partner Fido, the wireless company
that cares, Evergreen will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a series of Earth Day activities across Canada. The
events will provide more ways for Canadians to embrace nature
throughout the country—including nature tours, tree planting and
hands-on restoration efforts.
Twenty years is a long time, but even more impressive are the
accomplishments made in those years:
$5.8-million - Grants provided by Evergreen to naturalize more than 3,600 schools,
parks and public spaces across Canada
1,000,000 - Amount of students from more than 3,000 schools that have been
involved in a planting or school ground greening initiative.
190,000 - Number of people who have participated in over 2,500 community
greening events and workshops organized by Evergreen across Canada.
With multiple events planned across Canada, we invite you come join the
activity in your community!
Join Evergreen and Les Amis de la Montagne to celebrate Biodiversity Day
in Montreal at Mount Royal Park May 22 from 12:00 - 3:00. Everyone is
Take part in a tree planting and stewardship event where participants
will learn about the native species being planted and the importance of
biodiversity for the health of our urban forests.
Become a part of the five-year partnership between Evergreen and Les
Amis de la Montagne at Mount Royal Park and help to establish a habitat
corridor between two separated forest ecosystems within the park.
For a full listing of the events across Canada, visit:
Evergreen is a national not-for-profit organization that makes cities
more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature,
and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban
environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities—now and
for the future.
Evergreen Brick Works
Evergreen's new home is a community environmental centre in the heart of
the Toronto's ravine system. It is many things: a vibrant public space
featuring a local farmers' market and retail garden centre; a showcase
of sustainable design; an educational playground for green living; and
an international hub that fosters new ideas in urban innovation.
For further information:
416-596-1495 ex. 332