Friends of the Don East has had a long history of developing programs to enhance the natural environment. We currently host plantings and interpretive walks in the local ravines. We are also actively involved in restoring the Taylor-Massey Creek Watershed. FODE initiated and developed the Taylor Massey Project - a watershed wide vision for restoration of this degraded tributary of the Don River.

In the past FODE has also been active in local community projects such as Another Yard for the Don and Trees Count. These projects are no longer active but we are keeping a record of them in our past programs archive.

Cleanups and Plantings

FODE launches spring activities each year with a cleanup at Todmorden Mills, in partnership with the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve, and supports local stewardship committees working in Taylor Massey Creek. Every year we have clean-ups and plantings.

Please see the Calendar of Events for a listing of activities scheduled for this year or, if you know of a local reach that needs some help, please contact us and we'll help if we can.

Take a Hike

One of the trails through Crother's Woods.

FODE encourages residents to get out and walk their local ravines and valley corridors for their health and enjoyment.

In the meantime, please take a look at the Calendar for upcoming walks.

The Taylor Massey Project

This project focuses on Taylor Massey Creek, a major tributary to the Don River, and includes:

  • Extensive background information on the Creek
  • 15 customized location maps, most in a series of Reach Fact Sheets so people can read about their section of the watercourse
  • 54 aerial photos showing every inch of the watercourse, and
  • A call for the creation of the Taylor Massey Trail, with 11 additional aerial photos of the Warden Hydro Corridor, in which part of the trail should be located.

Please click here to access The Taylor Massey Project.

FODE is a membership-based non-profit organization working to protect and enhance the Don River and to encourage the establishment of healthy and sustainable communities within the central and eastern portions of the Don watershed, Toronto, Ontario. © 2004