2021 Arbor Week Experiences

SOS Trees Coalition in partnership with many community organizations hosted Arbor Week 2021, an opportunity for individuals and families to learn the "how to" of planting trees, the benefit of trees and the joy of spending time in them. The theme of Resurgence appropriately depicts renewal, hope, and a "fresh start." Trees can provide positive benefits on our mental and physical health.

We are extremely thankful to our partners and sponsors who made the week's events a success. 22 events at 18 different venues made for a very Covid safe week. Over 1,000 individuals participated directly in Arbor Week educational activities and the outreach went well beyond that with 6 live media interviews and multiple articles published. None of this would have been possible had it not been for the Arbor Week Committee.

Read the details of all 2021 Arbor Week Events that took place:

Mayoral Ceremonial Tree Planting

Mayor Charlie Clark took part in Arbor Week by planting a tree in recognition of the front line workers who helped us all to get through a challenging year.

Tree Planting May 28, 2021

Saskatoon Cycles: Hot Drinks Outside

Saskatoon Cycles and SOS Trees committee members celebrated trees in Meewasin Park. It was a relaxing afternoon in the shade of a tree sharing tree and bike stories.

Saskatoon Cycles gathering

QR Code Tree Walk

This was a fun event involving interactive signs containing QR Codes with audio to learn about trees. Through storytelling and interesting facts 6 tree species were introduced to the listeners. Developed by Wildernook, this event was up for the entire Arbor Week.

Richard St. Barbe Baker information session with Robert White

Listening to inspirational stories by Robert White about Richard St Barbe Baker -The Man of the Trees.

Robert White speaking about Richard St. Barbe Baker.
Meewasin & the South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards - Beaver Creek

Meewasin celebrated Arbor Week by hosting a self-guided tree themed eco-scavenger hunt at Beaver Creek Conservation Area. The public was encouraged to learn about, identify and record their native tree and shrub sightings using the iNaturalist app. The eco-scavenger hunt was a hit, with 157 cards given out and more than 400 visitors engaged during Arbor Week. The collected data will be used to assist Meewasin's stewardship efforts. It was exciting to see so many visitors excited and look at trees in a new way!
Representatives from the South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards were also on site at Beaver Creek on May 29 & 30 promoting the Saskatchewan Trees for Life Program. Free trees were given out to visitors with the goal of planting 24,000 trees across Saskatchewan! It was a beautiful sunny weekend, and many visitors took trees home to plant and to do their part to keep the Meewasin Valley healthy and vibrant.

Meewasin Eco-Scavenger Hunt

Plein Air Sketching (Hue's Art Supply)

Hues Art Plein Air Painters led by Jean Dudley enjoyed two sessions of painting and sketching trees.

Story Map at St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

WILD Outside Saskatoon was excited to partner with the Friends of The Afforestation Area to create and install signs in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. The Story Map is here.

Wanuskewin Community Connections Interview

Thursday May 13th, 12-1 pm. Wanuskewin did an interview with Linda Moskalyk representing SOS Trees to talk about Arbor Week celebrations and trees in general. The show is archived on Facebook at Wanuskewin Community Connections Facebook live.