Why do we connect with nature? Well, it is fun, a great reason to get outside, an exciting way to discover bio-diversity, and helps science
Participate in a search for biodiversity, the plants and animals at this time, Sundays at Two, in the afforestation areas. This is important and invaluable information for scientists, researchers, and policy makers. Can you believe how many scientists worldwide look at the data gathered on iNaturalist?
Delve into the rich history and heritage of the areas
Sep 12 meet at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area GPS 52.1038557,-106.7890613 West Side
This program for National Forest Week is brought to you by the Friends
of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas an environmental non-profit charity
that was created to preserve and restore the 326-acre Richard St. Barbe
Baker Afforestation Area and the 148-acre George Genereux Urban
Regional Park. Our work reinforces the 1972 City Council decision
designating these afforestation areas on the western fringe of Saskatoon
to “be preserved in perpetuity.” They are important habitat for wildlife
as well as semi-wild public spaces for recreation and nature immersion.
The larger of these two areas is named after Richard St. Barbe Baker
(1889-1982), who has been called the “first global conservationist” and in
recognition of this he was made the first Honorary Life Member of the
World Wildlife Fund in 1969. A British forester who also homesteaded
and studied in Saskatoon, he dedicated his entire life unfailingly to the
preservation and planting of trees and forests.