Big Tree Weekend 2018

May 26 & 27, 2018

 

 

Big Tree Weekend is coming back to Stanley Park for the fourth year running, and there is no better way to celebrate the largest trees in our region – perhaps even in the whole province!

Surviving logging history, fire, and major windstorms, Stanley Park’s champions continue to stand sentinel over sections of old-growth stands. Many exhibit deformities or characteristics that make them excellent wildlife trees, enhancing the biodiversity of such areas. Bald eagles, owls, bats, flying squirrels, and many more may be observed in or around these generous giants.

 

Saturday (May 26) Programming

 

Tour the Giants

Many of our province’s biggest trees are found right in Stanley Park, just a walk from downtown Vancouver! Join a tour around some of the Park’s giants while learning about the few remaining old growth forests in our province and what you can do to support them.

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Meet at the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon.

Free (online registration required)

Register here

 

 

 

Sunday (April 30) Programming

 

Canopy Creatures

Get to know the secret world of Stanley Park’s tree canopy and its treetop denizens—from flying squirrels to bald eagles and everything in between. Though we can’t access this unique habitat ourselves, learn to discern the wildlife signs signaling their presence and visit our most prominent eagle nests in the Park on this guided walk. 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Meet at the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon.

Free (online registration required)

Canopy Climb

 

Free drop-in

Matthew Beatty with Bartlett Tree Experts and a team of Canopy Technicians, will be making their third annual ascent of some of the biggest trees in Stanley Park. We invite you to climb the trees with them—by camera!—to investigate the ecological systems sustained in their canopies. Using rope and ecologically sensitive climbing techniques, Matthew will explore and expose the importance of the biologically rich and stable micro-environments of these big trees.

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Free drop-in

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Bill Stephen, Urban Forestry Specialist with the Vancouver Park Board, will share the enduring story of the Stanley Park Hollow Tree. Adventure deep into the forest afterwards to discover some of the Park’s biggest trees that you would never guess were there.

The Hollow Tree & Friends

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meet at the Hollow Tree parking lot.

Free (online registration required)

Register here

 

 

Check out all of the fun from past Big Tree Weekends.

 

Photo: Don Enright

 

 

 

Presented in collaboration with The Big Tree Registry, Bartlett Tree Experts and the Vancouver Park Board.

 

Bartlett Tree Experts