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. Team Canada donations support the Jack Kimmel International Grant, enabling tree research around the world. During the tour tree plantings and community engagement are hallmarks. Professor Elwood Pricklethorn provides educational programs for young audiences along the way. The Tour also adds about 20 new trees each year to the growing urban forest planted by its cyclists. Since 1992, the Tour des Trees has generated more than $7.2 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. There is nothing a whole lot more fun than riding your bike & spreading the LOVE of trees!