May
22
Tue
NatureCity Family Storytime @ Frances Morrison Central Library Tickets
May 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
NatureCity Family Storytime @ Frances Morrison Central Library | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Nature City themed Family Storytimes.

Stories, songs, finger plays and rhymes round out this program for preschoolers, their families and friends. Each week is a new adventure.

Nature photography with smartphones @ Heritage and Lakewood Parks Tickets
May 22 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Nature photography with smartphones @ Heritage and Lakewood Parks

Photographer Branimir Gjetvaj will lead a guided nature photo walk. Learn how to use your smartphone to capture beautiful nature and landscape images you will be proud to share with your friends and family. We will meet at the north end of the gravel parking on the east side of the Lakewood Civic Centre buildings off Heritage Crescent (https://goo.gl/maps/dVeaWAQ3qd62) to explore and photograph in Heritage and Lakewood Parks. The two adjacent naturalized parks contain aspen woodlots, open grassy area, ponds and wetlands rich in native species of trees, shrubs, flowers and all kinds of wildlife.

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 uneven 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. There is no cost to participate.

May
23
Wed
NatureCity Baby & Toddlers Together @ Mayfair Branch Library Tickets
May 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
NatureCity Baby & Toddlers Together @ Mayfair Branch Library | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Join us for songs and rhymes for babies and toddlers. We’ll work on early literacy and listening skills.

Free Wetland Field trips at Chappell Marsh @ Chappell Marsh Conservation Area Tickets
May 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Free Wetland Field trips at Chappell Marsh @ Chappell Marsh Conservation Area | Saskatchewan | Canada

Join in the fun of this half-day session of experiential learning. You are invited to join a group of middle-grade students and experienced interpreters to explore this conservation area. This event is open to the general public. Families are welcome.

Dress appropriately for the weather, which means: long pants tucked in to socks, shoes that can get wet or rubber boots, long sleeved shirts, hat, sunscreen. You may wish to bring a snack and water bottle with them. A portable toilet will be available on site.

SOS Elms’ Walking Tour of Woodlawn Cemetery @ Woodlawn Cemetary - see directions in event description Tickets
May 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
SOS Elms’ Walking Tour of Woodlawn Cemetery @ Woodlawn Cemetary - see directions in event description

Join a group of tree enthusiasts on a unique walking tour of this beautiful historic cemetery. It is an important part of our urban forest, integral to the connections of our city’s ecosystem. Our guide will be Chris Zerebeski who is one of the main horticulturists at Woodlawn. He will demonstrate and talk about ecological diversity, history, management challenges, and recent horticultural improvements at Woodlawn. Specific topics will include the pitfalls of mono-culture planting, establishment and care of new trees, tree pests, flowerbeds, shrub and hedge designs, birds and other wild inhabitants, historical aspects such as Memorial Avenue. And much more!

Directions:
Woodlawn Cemetery is located Northwest of Warman Road and 33 St. E. Enter the 33rd St. Gate to Memorial Avenue, look for the Woodlawn Office sign on the Right and proceed to the office and parking lot.

May
24
Thu
4 Elements @ Churchill Park Tickets
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
4 Elements @ Churchill Park | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Alerces children will present experiences related with the four natural elements, earth, wind, fire and water at the forest located at Churchill Park.

NatureCity Family Storytime @ Frances Morrison Central Library Tickets
May 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
NatureCity Family Storytime @ Frances Morrison Central Library | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Stories, songs, finger plays and rhymes round out this program for preschoolers, their families and friends. Each week is a new adventure.

NatureCity Family Storytime @ Cliff Wright Branch Library Tickets
May 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
NatureCity Family Storytime @ Cliff Wright Branch Library | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Stories, songs, finger plays and rhymes round out this program for preschoolers, their families and friends. Each week is a new adventure.

Grow where you’ve never grown before – the askiy project @ The Askiy Project Tickets
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Grow where you've never grown before - the askiy project @ The Askiy Project | Spruce Home | Saskatchewan | Canada

ᑭᐢᒋᑳᓂᐢ kiscikânis is a Cree word meaning “garden” and is the main growing site for the askiy project (an initiative of CHEP Good Food Inc.)

The askîy project is an urban agriculture internship that engages both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to learn together about growing, harvesting, and selling food through an innovative model. The main internship garden, kiscikânis, has been relocated this year to 1202 19th Street W. It is considered a “brownfield” site, which means it is a former industrial site that may have soil contamination. Because of this, kiscikânis uses over 300 repurposed blue food-grade plastic containers for planting. The site grows a variety of vegetables, flowers, and herbs each year as well as hosts educational workshops, demonstrations, cultural events, and tours for groups.The askîy project demonstrates how growing food can be possible anywhere in city limits with a little creative thinking and innovation.

Join us for a tour of our site, meet our team of super gardeners, and get your hands dirty to help us get growing in our new space. Bring a lunch, and enjoy a picnic at our site or venture to the nearby Optimist Park for your lunch!

*Participants should wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. We recommend that everyone brings a water bottle, lunch, sunscreen, and a sunhat. We can supply gardening gloves, but participants are welcome to bring their own.

Watersheds and You @ River Landing Spray Park Tickets
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Watersheds and You @ River Landing Spray Park | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Come join the Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin and the South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards at the River Landing Spray Park. Come learn about our beautiful watershed! What is a watershed and how we care for it!

All about honey bees, urban beekeeping and pollination @ Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Garden Patch Tickets
May 24 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
All about honey bees, urban beekeeping and pollination @ Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Garden Patch | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Come to the Garden Patch and learn about honey bees, urban beekeeping and pollination. Take a peek at honey bees hard at work in the display hive. We will talk about other pollinators at the garden patch and how we can help pollinators in our own yard. Join Jeff Boone, an urban beekeeper and entomologist, to talk about bees and other important pollinators in our city.

An Intro to Canoeing @ Erindale Lake Tickets
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An Intro to Canoeing @ Erindale Lake

Learn about the basics of canoes and safety equipment! This event is for people who want to try canoeing for an evening. It is a come-and-go workshop, and people can idle as long as they like. Any age welcome, but children must be 16 to canoe without an adult. Canoes, Paddles, and PFDs will be provided for free

The Story of Soil: how soil biology supports life on Earth @ Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Garden Patch Tickets
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Story of Soil: how soil biology supports life on Earth @ Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Garden Patch | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Have you ever wondered what’s going on under the surface of the soil? There’s a whole world of creatures living just beneath our feet – and we couldn’t get by without them. From the tiny bacteria to the mighty earthworm, every soil creature has an important role to play.

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 learn all about soil biology and how to build healthy soil using compost and other organic techniques. The night will include some hands-on practice, so bring your sunhat and gardening gloves!

NatureCity Sleepy Time Stories @ J.S. Wood Branch Library Tickets
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
NatureCity Sleepy Time Stories @ J.S. Wood Branch Library | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

This program provides an early evening out for families. Join us for stories, songs and rhymes as we get ready to say goodnight.

The Fabulist at the River Landing @ River Landing Amphitheatre Tickets
May 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:05 pm
The Fabulist at the River Landing @ River Landing Amphitheatre | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

The Fabulist is a storyteller inspired by the work of Aesop’s fables. To tell each story, music is played and songs are sung, but not in any ordinary way; The Fabulist embodies each character as he moves behind the faces of the characters in each story, including, a fox, a bat, a weasel, a dolphin, and many more! Whether you like to learn about an old story, see something new and creative, or hear a playful kind of music, this event has you covered.

May
25
Fri
Saskatoon Cache and Release @ Floral Community Centre Tickets
May 25 – May 26 all-day
Saskatoon Cache and Release @ Floral Community Centre

It is a 24 hour geocaching event that winds up on the Saturday with a BBQ (location shown on the map). The geocaching takes place all around Saskatoon and area. People often team up and spend as much of the 24 hours as they want geocaching. The hides will often be among the parks and streets of Saskatoon but also out in the country. The geocaching starts at 5:30 on Friday May 25th and goes to 5:30 on Saturday May 26. The BBQ starts at 5 on Saturday. Here is the webpage discussing details: https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC7K8A5_saskatoon-cache-and-release-2018

Into the Aspen Grove @ Children's Discovery Museum Tickets
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Into the Aspen Grove @ Children's Discovery Museum | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Gather at the Children’s Discovery Museum in the Market Mall and join us for a short walk to an aspen grove in Harold Tatler Park North. The program will involve a hike into the park where we will hear a story, learn the names of the plants and trees growing there and enjoy a scavenger hunt or two.

NatureCity Family Storytime @ Alice Turner Branch Library Tickets
May 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
NatureCity Family Storytime @ Alice Turner Branch Library | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Stories, songs, finger plays and rhymes round out this program for preschoolers, their families and friends. Each week is a new adventure.

Path to Wild Food @ Wanuskewin Heritage Park Tickets
May 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Path to Wild Food @ Wanuskewin Heritage Park | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

This walk on the paths of Wanuskewin will promote respect for the natural world and for the cultures that effectively use it. The talk along with the walk will be about natural foods, including taking best advantage of “nature’s pharmacy” to learn to maintain yourself with the natural plants all around you, with an emphasis on:

– Rekindling an interest in wild foods with an appreciation of the adventure and flavors to be found along the way.
– Examining respect for nature and finding ways to feed ourselves without the supermarket.
– An exploration of various plant types from trees and shrubs to herbs and wetland plants.
– Describing a variety of parkland and prairie plants along with potential uses and recipes.

Tuwanassina – “The place we belong” @ Gabriel Dumont Park Tickets
May 25 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuwanassina - "The place we belong" @ Gabriel Dumont Park | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Imagine a classroom without any walls, desks, or chairs. Instead replace it with leaves, tree stumps and rocks. This is Forest and Nature School, where children have the freedom to explore “the place we belong”. In this small sample “pop up playground”, children will explore the elements of earth, wind, fire, water and discover how we are all connected through the mastery of these elements. Or just come hang out and enjoy nature in the park, rain or shine!

May
26
Sat
Hyde Park Naturalized Area Shoreline Cleanup @ Hyde Park Tickets
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us to help keep this beautiful naturalized park clean!
There will be a brief presentation by a Wetland Professional Scientist/Wildlife Biologist followed by a clean-up of Hyde Park.

Meeting Place: Hyde Park – on the paved pathway at the Hyde Park entrance near the Shoppers Drug Mart

Dancing in the Street @ 20th street between Ave B and C Tickets
May 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dancing in the Street @ 20th street between Ave B and C

Join us for a dance party on 20th Street! We are closing the street between Avenues B and C and filling the space with dancing and music. Your instructor will be Wilfred Burton, retired Métis educator, author and promoter of Métis culture. With Booker Blakley on fiddle and Mark Behrend on guitar.

This year’s Festival theme is “Things Are Linked Together.” In Michif, that’s en naashkoopitamihk. Come out, link arms and make some new connections. The Remai Modern Art Caravan will be on site, offering free art activities for children

May
27
Sun
Spring Wildflower Walk @ Cranberry Flats Conservation Area Tickets
May 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Spring Wildflower Walk @ Cranberry Flats Conservation Area | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Take a walk on the wild side and discover nearby nature! We will be hosting a spring wildflower walk at Cranberry Flats. The event is for all ages and experience levels. Cranberry Flats is located just outside the City of Saskatoon and is a scenic area with large sandy beaches and a wheelchair accessible trail leading to a valley lookout. This is a popular spot for families. Dogs are allowed but must be on leash. We will see many early season wildflowers like purple Crocuses and Violets, pink Avens, yellow Golden Bean, white Phlox and the electric blue Beardtongues. Bird life will also be very active. The event will proceed rain or shine. Please dress appropriately, including sturdy walking shoes and a hat. Meet at the Cranberry Flats parking lot. For directions to the parking lot, go to: https://meewasin.com/visitors/cranberry-flats-conservation-area

Scotiabank Something on Sundays @ Remai Modern Tickets
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Scotiabank Something on Sundays @ Remai Modern | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Scotiabank Something on Sundays provides free intergenerational drop-in artmaking with a new theme each week. On this Sunday, our project will be wind powered! Participants will have the opportunity to make tiny kites that they can take along with them outside as they spend time exploring the natural wonders of Saskatoon.

Chief Whitecap Waterway Voyageur Trek @ Location provided at registration Tickets
May 27 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Chief Whitecap Waterway Voyageur Trek @ Location provided at registration | Outlook | Saskatchewan | Canada

Join an exciting voyageur trek on the Chief Whitecap Waterway. En route find out how ancient and modern cultures are linked by the river. Learn how past and present are connected through archaeological discoveries along the river. Feel the exhilaration of paddling and see the dynamic interplay of land and water. This special canoe trip is a joint effort of Dakota Whitecap First Nation, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, CanoeSki Discovery Co. and Meewasin.This event has a fee: $35/adult; students $25/person: children 12 & under accompanied by parent/guardian can ride free as centre passengers.

All canoeing and related safety equipment supplied. Canoes are voyageur (8-person) & 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 tandem canoe. Additional info, where to meet, what to bring etc., provided upon registration. Register with CanoeSki at www.canoeski.com/registration

Living Together @ The Prairie Lily Tickets
May 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Living Together @ The Prairie Lily | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Saskatonians enjoy the South Saskatchewan River more and more every year. River and riverbank users engage with the many creatures already inhabiting the area. We’ll talk about what we do to live together.

Firefly Night Walk at NE Swale @ Northeast Swale Tickets
May 27 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Firefly Night Walk at NE Swale @ Northeast Swale | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Experience Sunset and Nightfall at the swale. We will listen for the calls of any night birds and watch for fireflies (weather permitting). Dress for the weather.

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.

Leader: Marten Stoffel and Renny Grilz

Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 92.