Thursday, 19 May 2016
Go Wild! NatureCity Festival 2016
It’s time to get wild! Saskatoon’s fourth annual NatureCity Festival runs from May 24 to 29 and there are over 50 activities to choose from. Here’s just a sampling of the fun to be had.
Explorers & Adventurers
May 25 & 27 @ 7 pm, May 28 @ 10 am – Discover Montgomery Place’s forest, the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.
May 28 @ 1-2 pm – Do your kids know how to avoid getting lost in the woods? Saskatoon Search and Rescue will teach kids K-5 how to Hug-a-Tree and Survive. (A similar program is being offered on May 25 @ 7-8 pm.)
May 29 @ 9:30-11:30 am – Off limits! But not today. Take a walk among the wildflowers on the Kernen Prairie.
May 25 @ 7:30-8:30 pm – Join Elder Wilfred Buck, Manitoba First Nations, and gain a new appreciation for the energy ablaze in the night sky.
May 25 @ 9-11 pm – Gaze at the night sky through one of 7 telescopes provided by members of the Royal Astronomical Society.
May 25 @ 9-10:30 pm – Listen for the calls of the night birds at the Northeast Swale.
May 25 @ 5:30-6:30 pm – Jeff Boone, City of Saskatoon entomologist, will help you identify the insects, birds, and mammals that may be living in your backyard.
May 28 @ 10 am – 2 pm – Meet Charlotte and Wiggles, two Saskatchewan snakes. They’re feeling misunderstood and need a little love.
Talk to the Trees
May 26 @ 11 am – 12 pm – Take a walk among the trees on the U of S campus
May 27 @ 10-11:30 am and @ 1-3 pm – Alerces Spanish Preschool & Kindergarten invites you to look at the bushes with children’s eyes.
Green Thumbs & Dirty Fingernails
May 26 @ 7-9 pm – Families with children are invited to plant their own flower – and maybe find out about bugs!
May 27 @ 6:30-8 pm – Turn compost into squash by building a squash grow pile at the Saskatoon Food Bank’s Garden Patch.
May 28 @ 1-4 pm – Take a herbal medicine plant walk at Wanuskewin.
Playgrounds, Bicycles & Beer
May 25 @ 7 pm - Join Renny Grilz at Winston’s Pub for A Weed Warrior’s Rant: What May Be Your Pretty Backyard Plant May Be Someone Else’s Nightmare.
May 26 @ 10 am – 12 pm – Explore Saskatoon nature from the seat of a bicycle.
May 27 @ 5:30 pm – Raise a pint of beer at the Woods Alehouse with Green Drinks Saskatoon.
May 28 @ 2-7 pm, May 29 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm – Make your own fun at a loose parts pop-up playground organized by the Preston Early Learning Centre.
All NatureCity Festival events are listed on their website.
EcoFriendly Sask was pleased to support Wild About Saskatoon's 2016 NatureCity Festival with a $5,000 EcoFriendly Action Grant.