May
23
Tue
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)

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.

May
25
Thu
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

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.

Rewilding the Child Adventure Hike @ Mendel Art Gallery Tickets
May 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Rewilding the Child Adventure Hike @ Mendel Art Gallery | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Join the Elves of Maple Bluff on a Quest to unravel the riddles and rhymes of the Oracle, on a magical trail to find and return the treasures of the water beings.

Take part in this family and kid friendly adventure hike hosted by Lichen Nature. Group please meet at the Mendel Art Gallery Outdoor Garden.

Please find this event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1892226041066021/

 

This event is facillitated by Lichen Nature, with support from the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan.

May
26
Fri
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

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

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

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
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/

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/

 

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)

May
28
Sun
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/

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/

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/