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Green Survival, It Begins With You!

A personal take on the local culture, the social history and the planning issues faced by the residents in this forest of Saskatoon

By Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.

When and where

Date and time

Sat, May 6, 2023 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CST


Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area 241 Township Road 362 Grasswood, SK S7T 1A8 Canada

About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Description:On this nature walk tour, where we will be delving into the rich history of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and its connection to the Green Survival Program, a City of Saskatoon parks initiative from the 1970s. In 1972-1973, the city of Saskatoon embarked on a mission to plant thousands of trees in an effort to green the city and improve the environment for its residents. This initiative, known as the Green Survival Program, was a response to the growing concern about the impact of urbanization on the natural environment. As part of the program, over 200,000 trees were planted in various areas throughout the city, including here in the two afforestation areas. Today, we will be exploring some of the surviving specimens from this planting effort and learning about the important role they play in our city's ecosystem. As we walk through the afforestation area, you will see a diverse range of tree species, each with its own unique characteristics and benefits. You will also learn about the different types of habitats that exist here, from dense forests to open grassland meadows, and how these habitats support a variety of wildlife. So join me as we take a step back in time and discover the history and significance of the Green Survival Program and the trees that it helped bring to life in the afforestation area.

Who is Jane Jacobs?

Who is Richard St. Barbe Baker?

Come to the South West Off Leash Recreation Parking Lot and walking in the adjacent Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area to the east of the SW OLRA -Address 241A Township Road 362-A and legal land description Part SE 23-36-6 W3- and GPS 52.100826, -106.742013

Directions to parking lot P2 is at

GPS Address: 52.100826, -106.742013

Start Time:14:00 or 2:00 pm


Additional Info: Wear sturdy walking shoes for walking in a forest along an unpaved forest trail. The trails are flat regarding elevation, and people using a mobility aid such as walkers and canes navigate the trails well. Bring insect repellent. Dress for the weather as this is an outdoor walk. We will be out there in any kinds of weather.

About the organizer

Support the non profit group The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc

Your contributions to support our mission are greatly appreciated by residents of Saskatoon and surrounding area who enjoy the forest, these local parks, wetlands and green spaces.

The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. not – for – profit incorporation has five charitable purposes as follows;

1/ To protect the environment for the benefit of the public by conserving or restoring ecosystems and biodiversity on a long-term basis at the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas, which were preserved in perpetuity by City of Saskatoon Council in 1972.

2/ To protect the environment for the benefit of the public by reducing pollution and by cleaning up illegal trash dumping in the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas through addressing land dump sites and monitoring wetlands and greenspaces for instances of illegal dumping

3/ To provide public amenities by maintaining the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas.

4/ To protect and preserve significant heritage sites by ensuring safety, restoring, developing, and maintaining the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas with a view to commemorating the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas and educating the public about it.  Commemorate; honor and respect the past, celebrate the present and provide a legacy for the future.

5/ To receive and maintain a fund or funds and to apply all or part of the principal and income therefrom, from time to time, to qualified donees as defined in subsection 149.1(1) of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. is a not – for – profit incorporation registered with the Information Services Canada (ISC) Saskatchewan, under entity number 102084283.

The initial goals are to increase the safety and preservation of the afforestation areas as outlined here.  

As incorporated entities with an unique identity, Friends are governed by board members; and have customized organizational by-laws and letters patent.  Friends work locally with the City of Saskatoon park superintendent, MVA guidance, and other park liaisons as designated by the park superintendent. In Ontario, there are many, many Friends of the Park organizations, working together collaboratively to achieve mutually beneficial objectives.