May
22
Tue
Mendel Riverbank Bird Walk @ Mendel Riverbank Tickets
May 22 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Mendel Riverbank Bird Walk @ Mendel Riverbank | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

We will look for water birds on the river and songbirds in the bushes on shore. 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.
Meet at Prairie Lily boat dock below Mendel gallery.
Leader: Michael Williams
Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 100

Lakewood Park Pop-up Naturalist @ Lakewood Park Tickets
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lakewood Park Pop-up Naturalist @ Lakewood Park | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

Take a walk on the Lakewood park trails and meet some Saskatoon Nature Society naturalists who will show you some cool birds!
See Guide to Nature Viewing Sites: Page 84

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
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
25
Fri
Path to Wild Food for Schools (EVENT FULL) @ Wanuskewin Heritage Park Tickets
May 25 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Path to Wild Food for Schools (EVENT FULL) @ Wanuskewin Heritage Park | Saskatoon | Saskatchewan | Canada

This is an event has been fully booked. This walk is designed for school groups. It follow the paths of Wanuskewin to 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.

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.

Tour of Hyde Park & Wetland @ Hyde Park Tickets
May 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Tour Hyde Park and:
• look at the special natural features of the park, how the park was developed and how it is managed;
• highlight the guiding principles of the City’s Green Infrastructure Strategy; and
• talk about some of the Green Infrastructure Strategy key findings as they relate to the park;

Meeting Place: Hyde Park – at the Slimmon Road parking lot near the Shoppers Drug Mart.
Tour route will be on the accessible crusher dust pathway.

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

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

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.