Join us at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, a captivating urban regional park, as we delve into the extraordinary life and accomplishments of Richard St. Barbe Baker, a visionary global conservationist ahead of his time. As part of Historic Places Days, this immersive event invites you to explore the « Invisible » Histories that have shaped our environment and contemplate the profound impact of one individual’s dedication to forest protection and tree planting.
Within the lush 326-acre woodland, which includes a remarkable 19-acre West Swale wetland sanctuary, we invite you to roam and appreciate the natural beauty that flourishes thanks to St. Barbe Baker’s visionary efforts. Learn about his remarkable journey, which began in 1922 when he first raised awareness about deforestation and climate change, leading to a lifelong campaign for a greener planet. Recognized for his contributions, St. Barbe Baker was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Saskatchewan.
This year, Historic Places Days takes a significant step towards diversity and inclusion, embracing the rich tapestry of history. Our newly developed guide to rethinking historic places will encourage participants to reflect upon their role as visitors. Engage in a dialogue that delves deeper into the history of the land, amplifies marginalized voices, and reevaluates the purpose of your visit. Through a series of thought-provoking questions and curated resources, you will uncover hidden narratives and gain a fresh perspective on the importance of preserving our planet for future generations.
Don’t miss this captivating opportunity to immerse yourself in the legacy of Richard St. Barbe Baker and the transformative power of one person’s environmental advocacy. Join us at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area for an unforgettable experience during Historic Places Days. Together, let us unearth hidden legacies and forge a more inclusive and sustainable future.