SA Walks: Escape into the Forest
1859 Kingston Road
Join artist Connie Tong and arborist Terence Liu for a walk along the Bluffs to learn how to identify and interpret trees in the neighbourhood and find out its specific contribution to the urban forest. The tour will be followed by a drawing activity that engages participants to sketch a portrait of tree(s) that inspires them. Rain or shine—please dress accordingly!
The local forest continues to change with the number of removals and replacement. The hope for the city as a whole is to increase the canopy to 40% by 2057. Ever since the 2013 winter ice storm and the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer, Scarborough's local tree canopy has suffered massively, especially with ash trees, hence the demand to preserve mature trees and replant replacement trees are increasing.
About the Facilitators
Connie Tong is an artist + designer + and art educator with a Bachelor of Design in Material Art and Design at OCAD University. She has worked as an Education Coordinator at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, as a Children and Adult Visual Arts Instructor with the City of Toronto, and as the Diversity Events Coordinator with the City of Toronto where she spearheaded the creation of public murals at various community centres in Scarborough. Currently, she is the Festival Manager of a youth-led arts initiative called StArt Youth Presenting Art, a festival that serves youth in Scarborough. She is also a visiting artist with the grassroots organization called Healthy Living through Art. \
Terence Liu, a graduate from the the Faculty of
Forestry at the University of Toronto, has spent his years of post
secondary education pursuing an understanding of the role of trees in
the current world. After graduating, Terence applied the knowledge that
he gathered from mentors, fellow students, and textbooks to the our
local forests in rural and urbanized areas around the GTA. This
experience left him with a greater appreciation for the trees close to
home than he had previously understood. Currently, Terence has shifted
his focus on the conservation and management of our urban forest and is
working for Urban Forestry at the City of Toronto.
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