Big Tree Weekend III

April 29 & 30, 2017

 

Big Tree Weekend is coming back to Stanley Park for the third year running, and there is no better way to celebrate the largest trees in the Lower Mainland—perhaps even in the whole province!

Surviving the logging history, fire, and major windstorms in the Park, these 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 (April 29) 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 (pre-registration required)

Click here to register.

 

 

Sunday (April 30) Programming

 

Canopy Wildlife

Explore the secret world of Stanley Park’s tree canopy and the wildlife that call it home. Although we cannot usually see into this unique habitat, we can use our other senses to gain access to this hidden ecosystem. Join us for a hike through the forest as we fill our ears with the “music” of the trees. You will learn to recognize some of the language and sounds of the diverse animal wildlife living in the canopy above us.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Meet at the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon.

Free (pre-registration required)

Click here to register.

 

The Hollow Tree & Friends

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.

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Meet at the Hollow Tree parking lot.

Free (pre-registration required)

Click here to register.

 

Canopy Climb

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.

Meeting location to be announced.

Free drop-in

Click here for more information.

 

 

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’s Tree Week.


Bartlett Tree Experts