May
23
Tue
North Heights Band Concert @ River Landing Tickets
May 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
North Heights Band Concert @ River Landing | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Between 12:00pm – 1:00pm on May 23rd at River Landing Ampitheatre, a combined band of grade 8 students from North End schools (Lawson Heights, River Heights, North Park Wilson, and Brownell Schools) in addition to the Marion Graham grade 10 band and the Marion Graham Dixieland band will be performing music along the river bank.

Mendel Riverbank Bird Walk @ Prairie Lily Boat Dock Tickets
May 23 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Mendel Riverbank Bird Walk @ Prairie Lily Boat Dock | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

We will look for water birds on the river and songbirds in the bushes along the Mendel shoreline trail between the Mendel and the Weir. Bring your lunch. You will have a chance to explore the habitat that could be flooded by the proposed hydro-electric project at the weir. This natural area is described on page 100 of “A Guide to Nature Sites In and Around Saskatoon”.

Meet at Prairie Lily boat dock below Mendel gallery, 950 Spadina Crescent, at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, May 23.

Email trips@saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca with any questions.

Leader: Michael Williams (306-242-5383)

Birdwatchers for Beginners Class & Field Trip @ Room 130, Physics Building Tickets
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Birdwatchers for Beginners Class & Field Trip @ Room 130, Physics Building | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

This course will cover the basics of birding and is open to both novices and experienced birders. The first session will be an indoor seminar that will meet in Room 130 Physics building on campus. This seminar will summarize tips for using field guides to identify common Saskatoon area birds. The following Tuesday evening will be an outdoor field trip restricted to registered participants in the class.

The registration fee for individuals is $20, which includes a 2017 Saskatoon Nature Society membership. Family fee is $30.
Mail a cheque payable to the Saskatoon Nature Society along with your name, phone number and email address to:
Saskatoon Nature Society
Box 448, RPO University
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 4J8.

Late registrations will be taken at the door if space permits.

If you have any questions, phone Stan Shadick at 306-652-5975 or email: trips@saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca

Reading the River: the Ecological Activist art of Basia Irland @ Broadway Theatre Tickets
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Reading the River: the Ecological Activist art of Basia Irland @ Broadway Theatre | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Basia Irland is an author, artist, activist, Fulbright scholar
and professor emerita (University of New Mexico) who
creates international water projects and works with
communities and researchers in diverse disciplines.

Basia is visiting Saskatoon to participate in the spring art-science course, Becoming Water, with field trips on the Saskatchewan River. Her talk will be an Illustrated presentation of her art-science water projects.

Also – come to the Broadway Theatre between 6 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, to have your portrait taken with the river! Images will appear on the digital billboard on 25th St. in Saskatoon during July and August. This event is prior to the free public talk, Reading the River, with Basia Irland at 7 p.m.

 

Presentation: Piping Plover Critical Habitat on Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area @ Winston's Pub Tickets
May 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Presentation: Piping Plover Critical Habitat on Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area @ Winston's Pub  | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

A portrait of Piping Plovers, including their behavior, life cycle and habitat. Showcasing the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area (LML NWA) Southeast of Saskatoon, Kerry will discuss critical habitat for Piping Plovers and how it was designated on the LML NWA.

This presentation is part of PCAP’s monthly Native Prairie Speaker Series

May
24
Wed
Into the Aspen Grove @ Children's Discovery Museum in Market Mall Tickets
May 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Into the Aspen Grove @ Children's Discovery Museum in Market Mall | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Join Program facilitator, Helena Larsen McKay on a short hike to the local park where she will teach children and adults the names of some of the trees and shrubs growing there. Participate in a couple of scavenger hunts and games. Discover the wonders of nature right in the middle of the city!

Adults must accompany children. Please dress for the weather. Program is free of charge unless patrons wish to visit the museum after in which case regular admission fees will apply.

This event is hosted by the Children’s Discovery Museum.

Beehouse Building for Solitary Bees Tickets
May 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Beehouse Building for Solitary Bees

Loss of habitat for our birds and bees is a growing concern across Canada. Birds help keep the insect population in check, while bees are important pollinators for our plants. To help combat the habitat loss, Lee Valley Store is partnering with the community to build bird houses and bee houses. These will then be donated to CHEP, to provide shelter for birds and bees in community gardens in Saskatoon.

We will be taking registrations before the event, as we have to order and cut wood, and have all materials ready. If you can’t make this time, look for the other workshop scheduled for May 24th at 4:00PM here Workshops will be approximately 1 – ½ hours, and we can accommodate up to a maximum of 8 builders (ages 8+) and adult volunteers.

Please register for this FREE workshop at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/habitat-workshop-build-a-solitary-bee-house-tickets-33934300406. Space is limited!

Beehouse Building for Solitary Bees Tickets
May 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Beehouse Building for Solitary Bees

Loss of habitat for our birds and bees is a growing concern across Canada. Birds help keep the insect population in check, while bees are important pollinators for our plants. To help combat the habitat loss, Lee Valley Store is partnering with the community to build bird houses and bee houses. These will then be donated to CHEP, to provide shelter for birds and bees in community gardens in Saskatoon.

We will be taking registrations before the event, as we have to order and cut wood, and have all materials ready. If you can’t make this time, look for the other workshop on May 24th at 1:30PM here. Workshops will be approximately 1 – ½ hours, and we can accommodate up to a maximum of 8 builders (ages 8+) and adult volunteers.

Please register for this FREE workshop at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/habitat-workshop-build-a-solitary-bee-house-tickets-33934300406. Space is limited!

Guided Tour of Patterson Garden and Arboretum @ Patterson Garden and Arboretum SE corner of College Drive and Preston Avenue intersection Tickets
May 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Guided Tour of Patterson Garden and Arboretum @ Patterson Garden and Arboretum SE corner of College Drive and Preston Avenue intersection

Join a guided tour of Patterson Garden Arboretum, 50 years old this year. This is a good opportunity to see what grows here in Saskatoon, especially if you are wondering what to try in your own garden.

Reclaim Our Prairie! @ SFBLC Garden Patch Tickets
May 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Reclaim Our Prairie! @ SFBLC Garden Patch | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

For the Nature City Festival this year, we would like to give the community the chance to understand what Saskatchewan really looks like. Too often, our province has been stereotyped as vast farmland, which has always been there, and always will. Our goal is that through an educational workshop, and a native prairie planting, participants will come away with a broader understanding of Saskatoon’s natural prairie.

The event will start off with a workshop on the Saskatchewan prairie. We will then plant prairie seeds and seedlings, and answer any questions.

Explore Eau Canada by Canoe @ South Saskatchewan River Tickets
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Explore Eau Canada by Canoe @ South Saskatchewan River

Water was vital in establishing our country, now celebrating its 150th. No better time to get out and learn more about a vital waterway flowing through our city. Join Meewasin’s senior nature interpreter Kenton Lysak and CanoeSki Company’s nationally certified canoeing instructor Cliff Speer on a short South Saskatchewan River paddling trek to explore local ecology and water issues on our doorstep.

Registration required – Register with CanoeSki at www.canoeski.com/registration

Cost: $25 per person

Capacity limited to first 11 paddler entries. Children 12 & under accompanied by parent/guardian can ride free as centre passengers. All bow & stern paddlers will be considered as paying participants.
All canoeing and related safety equipment supplied. Canoes are tandem (2-person). Singles will be matched with another paddler to make up a compatible paddling team. If you are registering as a pre-formed paddling team, please assure that at least one person has the necessary skills to steer a canoe. Additional info, where to meet, what to bring etc., provided upon registration.

Email Cliff Speer : cliff@canoeski.com Tel: 306-653-5693 with questions.

BIRDS Birds In Real Danger Saskatoon @ Frances Morrison Library Tickets
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation for a FREE public lecture with Michael Mesure of Birdsafe and Toronto’s Fatal Light Attraction Program (FLAP) at Frances Morrison Library. We invite anyone who cares about our wild neighbours, especially our feathered friends, and wants to learn about how to protect birds from colliding with our buildings.

Birds have been hitting glass on buildings since glass was invented. For the past 27 years, Michael Mesure has been trying to reduce avian mortality. Michael is the force behind Toronto’s Fatal Light Attraction Program (FLAP) and BirdSafe. He will be in Saskatoon to offer his perspective and expertise on our buildings; where we are on the right track, and where we can do a better job of keeping our birds safe from windows.

Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation receives dozens of birds injured by window strikes each year. We’d like to increase awareness in the public and to inspire people to take a bigger role in reducing the number of birds hitting windows and buildings in Saskatoon.

Funding for this public talk has been made available by Saskatoon Nature Society and EcoFriendly Sask. Please join us for this important, education and WILD event!

 

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What on earth is a permablitz? @ Cliff Wright Library Branch Tickets
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
What on earth is a permablitz? @ Cliff Wright Library Branch | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable habitats. Permaculture Saskatchewan is dedicated to teaching people about permaculture through education and community involvement. One way we do this is by holding a permablitz, an event where we overhaul a person’s yard and turn it into something based on permaculture principles.

Learn more about Permaculture Saskatchewan at http://permasask.ca/

May
25
Thu
Maze in the Woods @ Churchill Park Tickets
May 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Maze in the Woods @ Churchill Park  | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Children’s Maze in the Woods is built in the bushes located in the center area of Churchill Park, the corner of Wilson Crescent and Clarence Avenue.

This project is based on the beauty and design of the trails discovered by the children, when exploring lines, curves and obstacles through the neighborhood streets and pathways. Alerces Preschool and Kindergarten students will tour and guide you enjoying and having fun with nature.

 

Turning Space into Place: Tour SERI’s Sustainable Design @ Sustainable Education Research Institute, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan Tickets
May 25 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Turning Space into Place: Tour SERI's Sustainable Design @ Sustainable Education Research Institute, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Turning Space into Place: Tour SERI’s Sustainable Design

Visit the Sustainability Education Research Institute, a co-working place on the University of Saskatchewan campus. SERI redesigned several offices to create an inviting, useful working environment, drawing on innovative uses of re-purposed and recycled materials, and including a living wall as a focal point.

Where:  Meet tour leader (Janet McVittie or Nicola Chopin) at East door of the College of Education

When:  Thursday, May 25, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

or 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Book: with janet.mcvittie@usask.ca

Let’s Talk Climate Change: How to have hard conversations @ The 220 Commons Tickets
May 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Let's Talk Climate Change: How to have hard conversations @ The 220 Commons | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Come join us over your lunch break to hear about the basics of climate change science, and learn more about strategies for for connecting with people around polarizing environmental topics.

This workshop will leave you feeling more confident talking about what you know, how you feel, and what you can do about climate change!

Please bring your own lunch. This event will be held at The 220 commons at 220 20th Street west.

This event is hosted by Climate Justice Saskatoon. Check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ClimateJusticeSaskatoon/

Maze in the Woods @ Churchill Park Tickets
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Maze in the Woods @ Churchill Park  | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Children’s Maze in the Woods is built in the bushes located in the centre area of Churchill Park, the corner of Wilson Cr. and Clarence Av.

 

This project is based on the beauty and designe of the trails discovered by the children, when exploring lines, curves and obstacles through the neighbourhood streets and pathways. Alerces Preschool and Kindergarten students will tour and guide you enjoying and having fun with nature.

Rain Garden Workshop @ SFBLC Garden Patch Tickets
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Rain Garden Workshop @ SFBLC Garden Patch | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Rain Garden Workshop: This ½ day workshop is geared towards homeowners or anyone interested in learning about rain garden design and construction, planting recommendations and maintenance. The workshop includes a classroom style instruction (but outside!) followed by hands on installation work.

The objective is to provide homeowners with the tools to develop a rain garden to help control stormwater, risk of flood and reduce water consumption.

Participants are asked to dress for the weather; wear close-toes shoes, gloves, hat, and sunscreen; and bring their own water and snacks. Tools will be provided.

Presenters:
Renny Grilz, Nola Stein and Sue Bouchard

Limited spots available. Please get your free registration ticket at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/rain-garden-workshop-free-tickets-33865169634.

Held at the Saskatoon Food Bank Garden Patch

Afforestation Workshop Tickets
May 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Afforestation Workshop

Afforestation workshop is an opportunity to learn about the Richard St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, the West Swale and the Legacy of Richard St. Barbe Baker.

As the trails and paths are uneven please wear adequate walking shoes. The activity takes place out of doors, there will be no workshop in heavy rain. This is a free event for families or classrooms.

“When the trees go, the rain goes, the climate deteriorates, the water table sinks, the land erodes and desert conditions soon appear~Richard St. Barbe Baker.”

For directions, visit: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com/

 

Bird House Building Tickets
May 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Bird House Building

Loss of habitat for our birds and bees is a growing concern across Canada. Birds help keep the insect population in check, while bees are important pollinators for our plants. To help combat the habitat loss, Lee Valley Store is partnering with the community to build bird houses and bee houses. These will then be donated to CHEP, to provide shelter for birds and bees in community gardens in Saskatoon.

We will be taking registrations before the event, as we have to order and cut wood, and have all materials ready. If you can’t make this time, look for the other workshop on May 26th at 1:30pm and 4:00pm. Workshops will be approximately 1 – ½ hours, and we can accommodate up to a maximum of 8 builders (ages 8+) and adult volunteers.

Please register for this FREE workshop at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/habitat-workshop-build-a-birdhouse-tickets-34257434910?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button. Space is limited!

Our Blue Future: An Evening with Maude Barlow @ Roxy Theatre Tickets
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Our Blue Future: An Evening with Maude Barlow @ Roxy Theatre | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

The keynote evening of the 2017 NatureCity Festival features an evening with Maude Barlow, renowned Canadian author, water activist, former UN Senior Advisor on water and board chair of the Council of Canadians.

We bask in the idea that Canada holds 20% of the world’s fresh water — water crises face other countries, but not ours. We could not be more wrong. This keynote evening, Maude will lay bare the issues facing Canada’s water reserves, including long-outdated water laws, unmapped and unprotected groundwater reserves, agricultural pollution, industrial-waste dumping, boil-water advisories, and the effects of deforestation and climate change. This will be the defining issue of the coming decade, and most of us have no idea that it is on our very own doorstep.

Join us for an inspiring evening, joined by several guests, as we explore the role of water in our prarie lives.

This event is no cost, rush seating. Please order tickets in advance at http://bit.ly/2p9bXbb

About Maude:

Maude is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the 2005 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (US).

In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 18 books, including, Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever and her latest Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis

May
26
Fri
Saskatoon Cache and Release – SCAR X Tickets
May 26 – May 27 all-day
Saskatoon Cache and Release - SCAR X

We are having our 10th annual main event in Saskatoon and Area—there will be new geocaches published for our event– a 24hr cache-a-thon starting on Friday May 26th with a wind up party on Saturday May 27th….Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt—caches are hidden and people use a GPS or a phone app to go to the co-ordinates of the cache and then search for what is hidden. It is a game for all ages-all walks of life-families, retired folk, young people, single people-anyone can geocache!!! Geocaching gets people out in nature-hiking, walking enjoying the city or countryside. This event is held every year and cachers come from other cities, other provinces and all for one goal– to find as many caches as possible in the 24hr period! Geocaching is one of the 150 playlist of activities for Canada’s 150th Birthday celebrations!!!!!

For more information, visit https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC71GG1_scar-x-saskatoon-cache-and-release-2017

Songbird Window Collision Survey @ Corner of 22nd Street and 4th Avenue Tickets
May 26 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Songbird Window Collision Survey @ Corner of 22nd Street and 4th Avenue | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Birds In Real Danger-Saskatoon (BIRDS)

Help us walk downtown Saskatoon streets with Michael Mesure from Toronto’s BirdSafe program to search for any injured or dead birds that may have hit windows in highrise buildings overnight. We are hoping to find people to do this on a regular basis as a new initiative by Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation, funded in part by a City of Saskatoon grant. This walk will help us identify which buildings to target for future visits.
Meet at NE corner of 22ndSt & 4th Ave by the Saskatoon Square Building

Leaders: Michael Mesure with Jan Shadick (306-281-0554)

This event is hosted by Saskatoon Nature Society, with support from EcoFriendly Sask.

Tour the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre Garden Patch @ The SFBLC Garden Patch Tickets
May 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Tour the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre Garden Patch @ The SFBLC Garden Patch  | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Come visit the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Garden Patch and learn about healthy yards, sustainable gardening, promoting biodiversity in your garden, growing food, and so much more!

There will be multiple times for the tours on Friday May 26th. Please join the SFBLC Garden Patch staff for one of three 45 minute tours at:
10:30 – 11:15am
3:15-4:00pm
5:45-6:30pm

Bird House Building Tickets
May 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Bird House Building

Loss of habitat for our birds and bees is a growing concern across Canada. Birds help keep the insect population in check, while bees are important pollinators for our plants. To help combat the habitat loss, Lee Valley Store is partnering with the community to build bird houses and bee houses. These will then be donated to CHEP, to provide shelter for birds and bees in community gardens in Saskatoon.

We will be taking registrations before the event, as we have to order and cut wood, and have all materials ready. If you can’t make this time, look for the other workshops on May 25th at 1:30pm, and on May 26th at 4:00pm. Workshops will be approximately 1 – ½ hours, and we can accommodate up to a maximum of 8 builders (ages 8+) and adult volunteers.

Please register for this FREE workshop at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/habitat-workshop-build-a-birdhouse-tickets-34257434910?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button. Space is limited!

Tour the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre Garden Patch @ SFBLC Garden Patch Tickets
May 26 @ 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Tour the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre Garden Patch @ SFBLC Garden Patch | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Come visit the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Garden Patch and learn about healthy yards, sustainable gardening, promoting biodiversity in your garden, growing food, and so much more!

There will be multiple times for the tours on Friday May 26th. Please join the SFBLC Garden Patch staff for one of three 45 minute tours at:
10:30 – 11:15am
3:15-4:00pm
5:45-6:30pm

Bird House Building Tickets
May 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Bird House Building

Loss of habitat for our birds and bees is a growing concern across Canada. Birds help keep the insect population in check, while bees are important pollinators for our plants. To help combat the habitat loss, Lee Valley Store is partnering with the community to build bird houses and bee houses. These will then be donated to CHEP, to provide shelter for birds and bees in community gardens in Saskatoon.

We will be taking registrations before the event, as we have to order and cut wood, and have all materials ready. If you can’t make this time, look for the other workshops on May 25th at 1:30pm, and on May 26th at 1:30pm. Workshops will be approximately 1 – ½ hours, and we can accommodate up to a maximum of 8 builders (ages 8+) and adult volunteers.

Please register for this FREE workshop at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/habitat-workshop-build-a-birdhouse-tickets-34257434910?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button. Space is limited!

Tour the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre Garden Patch @ SFBLC Garden Patch Tickets
May 26 @ 5:45 pm – 6:30 am
Tour the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre Garden Patch @ SFBLC Garden Patch | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Come visit the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Garden Patch and learn about healthy yards, sustainable gardening, promoting biodiversity in your garden, growing food, and so much more!

There will be multiple times for the tours on Friday May 26th. Please join the SFBLC Garden Patch staff for one of three 45 minute tours at:
10:30 – 11:15am
3:15-4:00pm
5:45-6:30pm

Compost & The Story of Soil @ SFBLC Garden Patch Tickets
May 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Compost & The Story of Soil @ SFBLC Garden Patch  | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Soil is vital for life. It feeds our plants, filters our water, and recycles our nutrients. Join the Saskatoon Compost Coaches at the Garden Patch to learn more about this incredible part of nature and how we can support it. We will talk about soil biology and learn how to build healthy soil using compost and other organic techniques. The night will include some hands-on practice, so bring your comfy clothes and gardening gloves!

This event will also be going forward rain or shine; if it is raining we will be sticking to talking in the covered picnic area.

Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/162794704251042/

Nature Photography with Smartphones @ Donna Birkmaier Park Tickets
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Nature Photography with Smartphones @ Donna Birkmaier Park  | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Learn how to use your smartphone to capture beautiful nature and landscape images and exercise your creative side. Join Saskatoon photographer Branimir Gjetvaj for a leisurely walk around a naturalized urban park rich in plant and wildlife subjects.

What to bring: any type of a cell phone with a built-in camera, a snack, drinking water, insect repellent and a wind-proof jacket. We will be walking on rough terrain; please bring shoes with adequate ankle support, and you do not mind if they get slightly muddy (the best pictures are found off the beaten path). Event will be cancelled in case of heavy rain.

Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/182632432259123/

Wildflower Identification 101: Legume & Rose Family @ University of Saskatchewan, Room 130 of the Physics Building Tickets
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Wildflower Identification 101: Legume & Rose Family @ University of Saskatchewan, Room 130 of the Physics Building | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada
This introductory workshop will focus on key identification features of common wildflowers in the legume and rose families. Wildflowers (and a few shrubs) that are found in the Saskatoon Region will be discussed‎ including the tricks to identifying these plants from leaf, flower, and even seed heads. The first session will be held in Room 130 Physics building, U of S campus. The follow-up field trip to the workshop will be at Cranberry Flats Conservation Area where the prairie is rich in wildflowers.
 
Instructor: Renny Grilz.
 
Advance registration is suggested. The registration fee is $20 per person, which includes a 2017 Saskatoon Nature Society membership. Mail a cheque payable to the society along with their name, phone number and email address to
Saskatoon Nature Society
Box 448, RPO University
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 4J8.
 
Late Registrations will be taken at the door
 
If you have any questions, email trips@saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca or phone Stan Shadick at 306-652-5975.
May
27
Sat
Spring Bird Count @ In and Around Saskatoon Tickets
May 27 all-day
Spring Bird Count @ In and Around Saskatoon

Help us survey the bird populations in Saskatoon and its surrounding natural regions during the peak of spring migration. Novices are welcome, and will be assigned to a group with an experienced leader.

Join us in the morning or afternoon or for the day!

Before May 25th, please call Michael at (306) 242-5383 or email trips@saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca to register.

Check out the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1965088573720175/

Labour and Learn @ Robin Smith Meditation Garden & Hertitage Rose Garden Tickets
May 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Labour and Learn @ Robin Smith Meditation Garden & Hertitage Rose Garden | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

The Saskatchewan Perennial Society helps to maintain two gardens at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo; the Robin Smith Meditation Garden and the Heritage Rose Garden. Labour and Learn is a work-bee organized to weed and prune the gardens. There are usually some experienced gardeners on hand to give you some directions if you require them. Open to all ages, we ask that you bring your own favourite gardening tools. If it is hot, you could also bring some water to drink.

Since the soil at the gardens is heavy clay, this event will be cancelled if it is raining.

No registration required. A parking fee is in effect at the park. It may be waived if you let the attendant know you are there for Garden Clean-up

Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/141643859709554/

Wild about Wetlands! @ Chappell Marsh Tickets
May 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Wild about Wetlands! @ Chappell Marsh | Saskatchewan | Canada

Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Science Manager Mathew Braun will lead a tour around the Chappell Marsh Conservancy and discuss the functions and importance of wetlands in both rural and urban settings; examining how one wetland fits into a larger context and city development.

The Chappell Marsh is a 148-acre conservation area managed in partnership by Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ducks Unlimited. The area is dedicated to the restoration and conservation of prairie wetland habitat while serving as an outdoor classroom for public education on the value of wetlands.

Find Directions to Chappell Marsh at http://www.ducks.ca/places/saskatchewan/chappell-marsh-conservation-area/

Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1360423277379903/

Medicine Wheels & Celestial Circles @ U of S College of Education Prairie Habitat Garden Tickets
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Medicine Wheels & Celestial Circles @ U of S College of Education Prairie Habitat Garden | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Explore the history, symbolism and teachings of Medicine Wheels and Celestial Circles with us, outside in our teaching garden.
What is the difference between these two structures? How does the origin of the symbol affect the teachings it holds? Discuss how these symbols connect with Indigenous cultures, archaeology and prairie sustainability.

The U of S Prairie Habitat Garden endeavors to sustain and protect endangered prairie plants, ecosystems and cultures, through education. The garden fosters a range of learning from prairie medicinal plants through to celestial navigation in support of our continued prairie sustainability.

 

30 Minutes of lecture/discussion, followed by 30 minutes for free wander of the garden

Plant the Saskatoon Seed Library @ SFBLC Garden Patch Tickets
May 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Plant the Saskatoon Seed Library @ SFBLC Garden Patch | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

The Saskatoon Seed Library is planting it’s seed garden during the Nature City Festival to celebrate the importance of protecting locally adapted seed varieties. Come out and learn how to plant and save seeds with us! We will also feature the water saving gardening techniques used by the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Garden Patch. We will be growing the Blaue Hilde Purple Pole Bean, the Green Crop bush bean, the Whippersnapper Cherry tomato, the Melfort beefsteak tomato, the Siberian sandwich tomato, cilantro, and Black Seeded Simpson lettuce. You can also join the Saskatoon Seed Library for $2 and this will give you access to the six seed varieties in our inventory. We will have seed packets available for you to take at the event. This event is fun and free and families are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Protecting the world’s seed biodiversity is a critical part of building resilience in a changing world. This event will teach people how to plant seeds and inspire people to think about where their seeds come from. We hope to build a network of local small-scale seed savers in Saskatoon.

See the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/648092975380891/

Hug-a-Tree & Survive @ Cabelas Tickets
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Hug-a-Tree & Survive @ Cabelas | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Hug-a-Tree and Survive is an AdventureSmart program that helps lost children survive in the woods. This presentation is aimed at children in Grades K-5. It teaches children how not to become lost in the woods, and what to do if they should become lost. Using a short (17 minute) video and other demonstrations and games, AdventureSmart presenters from Saskatoon Search and Rescue share their knowledge of valuable outdoor survival and life lessons.

SSAR will also have an AdventureSmart display at Cabela’s that will interest outdoors people of all ages.

Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1333204210061417/

Medicinal Plant Exploration Walk @ Diefenbaker Park Tickets
May 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Medicinal Plant Exploration Walk @ Diefenbaker Park  | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Join Flo Lavallie, Doctor or Natural Medicine, Clinical Herbalist on a Medicinal Plant Exploration Walk.

Meewasin means, “it is nice”.

Bring a notebook and sun hat.

Meet at the Diefenbaker Park Parking Lot.

 

A few notes from our host:

1-      Herbal and drug interactions

2-      Should not be taken by pregnant or lactating Moms

3-      There is also a protocol that should be honoured. It is suggested supplementation advise should be sought by a qualified health practitioner, which lays the foundation for an effective health regime.

·         We will identify plants as a group

·         Handouts and guide book will be provided

Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/525193180938229/

 

Shoreline Experience for New Canadians @ Gabriel Dumont Park, Saskatoon Tickets
May 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Shoreline Experience for New Canadians @ Gabriel Dumont Park, Saskatoon | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Get to know the South Saskatchewan River!

Experience it with your senses. Let it help you remember the bodies of water where you grew up. Please dress for the weather and bring a cup or mug to drink from.

This is a facilitated experience with a low activity level. You are welcome to bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Public washrooms are on site.

This activity is facilitated by Wildernook: Fresh Air Learning, with support from the Native Plant Soceity of Saskatchewan.

Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1788519457828752/

NatureCity Walking Meditation + Yoga with Kirby Criddle @ Gabriel Dumont Park Tickets
May 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

A nature inspired all-levels outdoor yoga + walking meditation class.

This 75 minute class will incorporate nature connection into the practice and inspire you to take notice of the wild places surrounding you as you flow.

Class taught by Kirby Criddble of Illuminara Wellness. Class held in Gabriel Dumont Park.

The Path to Wild Food @ Diefenbaker Park, by new bridge Tickets
May 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Path to Wild Food @ Diefenbaker Park, by new bridge | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Ethnobotany walk in Diefenbaker park.

Educational; on what wild habitats within the city have to offer. There are to few wild areas within the city. These area have a bounty of resource for both humans and animals. During the walk I will provide dried sample to taste of the available food from wild licorice to sarsaparilla as well as survival food sources.

Meet in the parking lot by the new bridge.

(photo credit: Ron Heirnricks)

Bike the Moveable Feast @ Traffic Bridge at River Landing Tickets
May 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bike the Moveable Feast @ Traffic Bridge at River Landing | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Enjoy a slow bicycle roll along the MVA as we discover the many hidden treasures of “We Are Water”.

Delicious food served in unusual locations provided by Chef Jenni catering.
Gluten free/ vegetarian options. Bring your own utensils.

Meet at 5:00pm sharp at the base of the Traffic Bridge at River Landing.
Rain or shine.

Tickets are $50. Limited tickets.

 

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Meewasin Trail Bird Walk @ Parking Lot north of Diefenbaker Centre Tickets
May 28 @ 7:00 am – 9:30 am
Meewasin Trail Bird Walk @ Parking Lot north of Diefenbaker Centre | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Join us for a walk along the Meewasin Trail to watch for birds.

Meet at the gravel parking lot on the north side of the Diefenbaker Centre, University of Saskatchewan campus at 7:00 am.

www.saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email: trips @saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca

Aheck out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/271853719942731/

Spring Wildflower Walk in Saskatoon’s Small Swale @ Saskatoon Wildlife Federation Tickets
May 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Spring Wildflower Walk in Saskatoon's Small Swale @ Saskatoon Wildlife Federation | Saskatchewan | Canada

Join the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan for a spring wildflower walk. We will see dozens of species of wildflowers and likely some interesting wildlife as well. Saskatoon’s Small Swale is a very well preserved grassland remnant – maybe the best in the whole city. It is incredibly diverse and is home to over a hundred native plant species including some that are provincially-rare. Access is normally restricted to the public so this is your only chance to experience one of Saskatoon’s best kept secrets!

All ages and levels of experience welcome.

Will proceed rain or shine. Bring sturdy footwear.

Meet at the Saskatoon Wildlife Federation Building on Range Road 3050 – https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Saskatoon+Wildlife+Federation/@52.187931,-106.5783267,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x5304f404f8787f67:0xfdaa9cd873dbd332!8m2!3d52.187931!4d-106.576138

Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/468856553460123/

Shorebird Driving Trip to Radisson Lake @ Radisson Lake Tickets
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Shorebird Driving Trip to Radisson Lake @ Radisson Lake | Saskatchewan | Canada

We plan to carpool and drive to this wetland area to look for migrating shorebirds.
Meet at the SW corner of the parking lot for Lawson Heights Mall.
Bus: Route 12 River Heights departs downtown terminal at 9:16 am and arrives at mall at 9:43 am. Walk to SW corner of parking lot.
Leader: Daniel Giesbrecht (306-850-9297). Participants are invited to share the cost of transportation

This event is hosted by Saskatoon Nature Society.

Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1746991018925488/

Waste Not YXE Potluck Picnic @ Rotary Park Tickets
May 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Waste Not YXE Potluck Picnic @ Rotary Park

Waste Not YXE is a group of Saskatoonians who are passionate about home waste reduction (many of whom are striving for a zero-waste, or waste-reduced lifestyle). We wish to invite people to a family friendly, zerowaste, pack-in pack-out, picnic where our group Admins will share our top three home waste reduction tips, host discussion, enjoy some acoustic background music, and discuss how reducing the use of plastics and conventional products can in particular have big impact on our water (and the creature who call waterways home).

Participants will be given a “Waste Not Picnic Checklist” that shows how simple it is to participate in activities in a waste-free way.

Waste Not YXE is all about the impact of personal responsibility when it becomes a community effort, and we are excited to share with the NatureCity community!

Walking Tour of the Friends of the Forestry Farm House @ Saskatoon Forestry Farm Tickets
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Walking Tour of the Friends of the Forestry Farm House @ Saskatoon Forestry Farm | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Have you ever wondered about the history of the Forestry Farm Park? Join us for a free tour of this National Historic Site. Open House at the Forestry Farm House is from 1:30-3:30. The Walking Tour begins at 2:00.

Refreshments available for a small donation. For more information, please call Peggy at 306-652-9801.

The Forestry Farm is an oasis in the city. Zoo notwithstanding, it is home to many species of birds and small rodents. The work of the foresters at the farm included the propagation of several varieties of trees and shrubs still in use today, and the education of farmers on shelter belts, as well as providing them with trees has left a lasting mark on the prairie landscape.

Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/836283286540655/

Our Living River: NatureCity Festival Prairie Lily Cruise Tickets
May 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Our Living River: NatureCity Festival Prairie Lily Cruise

Saskatoon enjoys an “alive” river in the heart of Saskatoon. Join us to learn more about the three lives we experience on The Prairie Lily everyday. The first is animal life with the many little mammals (beaver and muskrats for example) and birds that live and feed in the river valley. Second, is the fish and organisms that live in the river. Third, is the river itself with its natural channel shifting and meandering. We will have special guest speakers on our feature Nature in The City Cruise at 4:00 on Sunday, May 28, boarding at 3:30.

Tickets available are available at www.theprairielily.com

 

Saskatoon Food Forest Potluck Information Session @ Saskatoon Academy of Music Tickets
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Saskatoon Food Forest Potluck Information Session @ Saskatoon Academy of Music | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Come join us for a potluck, and learn what the Saskatoon Food Forest Initiative is all about!

As the food sovereignty and local food movements gain momentum in the 21st century, the SFFI is collaborating with the City of Saskatoon to bring a grassroots urban agro-forestry project to our fair city. This event will be an opportunity to learn more about Food Forestry, to find out about how the Saskatoon Food Forest project is unfolding, to connect with the organizers and others interested in urban agro-forestry/agriculture, and to learn how you can get involved!

Feel free to bring a dish to share. Plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, etc. will all be provided. See you there!

Firefly Night Hike @ Northeast Swale Tickets
May 28 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Firefly Night Hike @ Northeast Swale

We will listen for the calls of the night birds and watch for fireflies.

Meet at the swale on Lowe Road. Drive north on Central Ave, turn right on Fedoruk Drive (or Agra Road), turn left onto Lowe Road; NE Swale is next to the slough on the east side of road before reaching the Saskatoon Wildlife Federation building.

There is no bus service.

Leader: Marten Stoffel (306-230-9291).
See “Guide to Nature Viewing Sites In and Around Saskatoon”: Page 92.

This event is hosted by the Saskatoon Nature Society.

Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/312356205851768/