How it Works
The STIHL Tour des Trees is a weeklong, 500-mile cycling tour with an ambitious agenda:
- To fund important research focused on improving the health of urban trees
- To fund education programs aimed at connecting young people with the environment and with opportunities in the green industry
- To raise awareness in the communities we visit of the importance of trees to the quality of urban life and the value of science-based professional tree care.
- To engage and educate young people about how trees grow, why people need trees and how they can help care for the trees in their lives.
Every full-Tour participant commits to raising a minimum of $3,500 for the TREE Fund in addition to pedaling 500+ miles in a week, rain or shine. They do it for the challenge, the mission and the camaraderie. Their legacy is a promise of strong, healthy urban trees for generations to come.
The 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees promises an international adventure for cyclists. Tracing a 585-mile route around Lake Ontario, the 2013 Tour will showcase upstate New York and Ontario’s beautiful scenery, historic trees, urban centers and favorite destinations.
Tree plantings and community outreach are hallmarks of every Tour, and Professor Elwood Pricklethorn (aka Toronto arborist and veteran Tour cyclist Warren Hoselton) provides educational programs for young audiences along the way. The TREE Fund expects to add at least a dozen new entries to the growing urban forest planted by Tour riders over the years.
The Tour concludes August 3 at Ontario’s Toronto Island, site of ISA’s International Tree Climbing Competition and Arbor Fair.
Since 1992, the Tour des Trees has generated more than $5.6 million and has funded a variety of research projects and educational programs for budding tree care professionals. To learn more, visit the grant and scholarship archive pages at www.treefund.org.
The continued success of the Tour des Trees is directly attributable to the support of its Sponsors. Corporate sponsorships ensure that the money raised by Tour riders is applied to research and education programs, not event costs. The TREE Fund gratefully acknowledges the support of our Partners and Sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible.
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