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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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
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 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.
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
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.