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
Caring For Our Watersheds, in partnership with the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Garden Patch would like to provide the community again this year a chance to understand what Saskatchewan really looks like, by learning about our native prairie and the plants within it. 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 consist of two sections, the first being a presentation on our native prairie ecosystem, followed by a hands-on workshop where participants will have the opportunity to plant native prairie seeds and seedlings. The event will conclude with a question and discussion period.
In partnership with the Nature City Festival, Do Sask is thrilled to invite you to clean out your closet for a the second annual Pop-up Clothing Swap in support of the YWCA.
About 85% of our clothing eventually ends up in a landfill. Swapping instead of buying new is a fun way to honor the environment. Get wardrobe hack advice from local stylists to show you how to reuse your clothes in multiple ways.
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.
Walk the MVA trail and meet the Saskatoon Nature Society’s Pop-Up Naturalists on the riverbank behind the Lutheran Seminary on the U of S campus. Take a look through spotting scopes at the families of Canada Geese plus other waterfowl on the river.
Event cancelled if there is heavy rain.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Park at the meters in the parking lot north of the Diefenbaker Centre on campus and walk north along the trail.
What can I bring into the event?
Suitable clothes for the weather.
Planting seeds, nurturing plants, eating fresh, and saving seeds to share, connects us to Nature’s miraculous generosity. Drop in to help plant the Saskatoon Seed Library’s Garden Patch heirloom seed garden. Learn how to give seeds and seedlings a good start. Or if you’re an experienced gardener, come enrich the Garden Patch’s oasis downtown, and share tips with others. The seeds we plant will grow more, and be shared with community. Thanks!
Wildflower Identification Workshop: Violets, Lilies, Irises and Orchids
Description: Learn about the native violets, lilies, and irises; key identification features, habitat requirements and where to find them in the Saskatoon Region.
Leaders: Renny Grilz and Sara Bryson
Location: Meewasin Valley Authority. 402 3rd Ave South
Registration Fee: $20 (Single); $30 (Family) includes 2018 membership in Saskatoon Nature Society
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.
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
Experienced mindfulness practitioners will offer participants an opportunity to practice mindfulness outdoors while enjoying a walk along the Meewasin Trail at Gabriel Dumont Park. Instructions will be offered on how to practice mindfulness in order to connect with our surroundings, the elements, and other beings. Refreshments will be served after the walk.
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
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!
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.
Participants are needed to help us survey the bird populations in the city and surrounding natural regions during the peak of spring migration. Novices are welcome and will be assigned to an experienced group leader. Starting and end times are flexible.
To register, phone Stan Shadick at 306-652-5975 by May 23 or email email@example.com to be assigned to a group. Please indicate what portion of the day you are available to participate.
The Saskatchewan Perennial Society maintains two gardens at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo. The Robin Smith Meditation Garden and the Heritage Rose Garden. Throughout the summer months we have work bees every three weeks to clean up, weed, transplant perennials, dead head and prune. These work bees are open to the public and everyone is welcome. If you have your favourite garden tools please bring them along. Bug spray may also sometimes come in handy.
The St. Joseph Grassland Demonstration Site is home to unique native prairie plants and species, right on the doorstep of Northeast Saskatoon neighbourhoods. Enjoy a guided tour of the space, learning about local native prairie plants and the history of the Grassland Demonstration Site.
This presentation is offered in conjunction with St. Joseph High School and Reclaim Our Prairie, a Caring For Our Watersheds project. Caring For Our Watersheds seeks to engage students and youth in environmental activism.
If you are interested in attending, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org, for the purpose of determining participant numbers. Please meet at the front doors of St. Joseph High School. We hope to see you there!
As part of the Nature City Festival you are welcome to join Bike the Moveable Feast.
This is a unique opportunity to experience food in unexpected locations, cycle about
4 km in the city and experience the theme “We are all Linked.”
The route will cover about 4km and will involve riding up the University bridge and
down the Broadway bridge. Event starts at Gabriel Dumont statute at the base of the Broadway bridge.
Gluten free and vegetarian
Food catered by Chef Jenni and Freshdish
Rain or shine.
Tickets are not refundable but can be transferred.
Bring a good bike lock.
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
The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market is pleased to welcome the community to an Agriculture Roundtable. Do you have a personal story to share? Do you have questions? What is urban agriculture? How do different cultures farm and why? How does agriculture relate to ecology?
Please join us for an evening of friendship, inspiration, and connection.
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.