Arbor Week 2023

May 20th - 28th, 2023
Healthy Trees, Healthy People

Join us for Arbor Week Celebrations, as we come together to honor the importance of trees and their role in our health and well-being! Our events will include invigorating walks in two beautiful parks, the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park, where we will appreciate the beauty of nature and learn about the significance of healthy trees for healthy people.
Our walks will be guided by knowledgeable nature enthusiasts who will share their insights about the incredible benefits of trees to our environment, including their role in purifying the air, providing habitat for wildlife, conserving water, and improving mental and physical health. You'll have the opportunity to observe diverse tree species, learn about their unique characteristics, and appreciate their beauty up close.
As we stroll through these serene green spaces, we'll also have the chance to participate in engaging activities that promote environmental awareness and tree conservation. Including educational presentations there will be plenty of opportunities to expand your knowledge and appreciation for trees.
Arbor Week is not only a celebration of trees, but also a time to foster community engagement and connection. You'll have the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals who share a passion for nature and environmental conservation. It's a perfect opportunity to network, make new friends, and build lasting memories.
So, come join us during Arbor Week and be part of this meaningful celebration of Healthy Trees, Healthy People. Lace up your walking shoes, embrace the beauty of nature, and learn about the invaluable role of trees in our lives. Let's come together to celebrate and protect our precious green spaces for generations to come!

Sunday May 21, 2023 2:00 pm walk George Genereux Park

Doors Open Saskatoon

Walk Through History; Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Doors Open

The first of two tours in the afternoon will take visitors around the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, a heritage greenspace that provides a beautiful and spiritual landscape within Saskatoon. The afforestation area is a unique natural semi-wilderness habitat of great biodiversity that showcases the horticulture phase in the history of Saskatoon and North America. Planted as part of the Green Survival Campaign in the war against ecological abuse, the afforestation area has a rich history of developments in town-planning and architectural landscape design aimed at improving the future environment of the city. The area is also significant for its association with Richard St. Barbe Baker, founder of the Men of the Trees and the first global conservationist. The tour will provide visitors with insights into the economic, cultural, and historical significance of the site, and its association with the Kikuyu tribesman of Kenya. Visitors will learn about the importance of trees as espoused by St. Barbe Baker and their role in combating climate change.

The second tour will take visitors to the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, a heritage greenspace that boasts great biodiversity and a unique natural semi-wilderness habitat. This area was planted as part of the Green Survival Campaign, an award-winning program aimed at improving the environment and conserving land from erosion. The afforestation area is significant for its association with Richard St. Barbe Baker, a local and internationally renowned conservationist and founder of the Men of the Trees (now the International Tree Foundation). Baker's legacy and efforts saw the planting of at least 26 billion trees worldwide, and his impact on environmental conservation is still felt today. Visitors will learn about the importance of trees, natural history, earth sciences, ecology, and the effects of climate change while exploring the site. Visitors will learn about the city's history, the challenges it has faced, and the initiatives taken to overcome them. The tour will provide visitors with a deeper understanding of what makes Saskatoon a unique and special place to live and visit. Two tours offered 12:00 noon to 2:15 pm and 2:45 - 5:00 pm offer a unique perspective on Saskatoon's heritage, culture, and environmental values. Visitors will gain a greater appreciation for the city's history, as well as its efforts towards sustainability and environmental conservation.

Please meet at parking area P2, the South West Off Leash Recreation Area in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area 241A Township Road 362-A in Saskatoon, SK - GPS 52.100826, -106.742013

National Forest Week 2023

September 17-23, 2023

Canada;s Forests: Supporting Biological Diversity

Welcome to the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the George Genereux Urban Regional Park! Join us for a thrilling forest tour during National Forest Week, celebrated from September 17-23, 2023. The slogan this year is "Canada's Forests: Supporting Biological Diversity."

During the tour, you will have the opportunity to explore these beautiful natural areas, known for their lush greenery and abundant wildlife. Led by our knowledgeable guides, you will learn about the important role that forests play in supporting biological diversity, which is vital for the health and well-being of our planet.

As you walk along the serene trails, you will discover the rich biodiversity that these forests have to offer. Marvel at the diverse array of plant species, from towering trees to delicate wildflowers, and learn about their ecological significance. Keep your eyes peeled for the wide variety of animals that call these forests home, including birds, mammals, and insects. Our guides will provide fascinating insights into the delicate balance of the forest ecosystem and the critical role it plays in supporting biodiversity.

You will also learn about the ongoing efforts to protect and conserve these precious natural areas. Discover the sustainable forest management practices that are in place to ensure the long-term health and vitality of these forests, and how they contribute to Canada's commitment to protecting its rich biodiversity.

So come and join us for a memorable forest tour during National Forest Week at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the George Genereux Urban Regional Park. Experience the beauty and wonder of Canada's forests and learn how they are essential in supporting biological diversity. Book your tour now and embark on a journey of discovery into the fascinating world of these pristine natural areas!

All tour guides have a vulnerable sector search completed.

The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.

As you enter the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area or George Genereux Urban Regional Park is it easy to see that nature is everywhere. Through iNaturalist BioBlitzes taking place at different times of the year, it is great to engage in community science and citizen science endeavours to document a flora and fauna inventory. This inventory supports environmental protection, environmental health and environmental sustainability. The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. are a registered Saskatchewan non profit incorporation and also a Canadian registered environmental charity. The afforestation areas are a good choice for opting outside in The Great Outdoors to explore our urban forest in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Friends are seeking a member of the board to join the Board of Directors.

"The simple act of planting a tree, which is in itself a practical deed, is also the symbol of a far reaching ideal, which is creative in the realm of the Spirit, and in turn reacts upon society, encouraging all to work for the future well being of humanity rather than for immdiate gain." Richard St. Barbe Baker

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