Big Tree Weekend – Past Events


2016

April 2nd & 3rd

We are thrilled to offer our second annual Big Tree Weekend in Stanley Park, and we are excited to be a part of the Vancouver Park Board’s Tree Week.  Partnering again with the Big Tree Registry, we are welcoming all tree lovers to join the celebrations and educational programming.


Saturday Programming

Tour the Giants in the Morning 

Many of our province’s biggest trees are actually in Stanley Park. Join a tour of some of the Park’s giants and learn about the few remaining old growth forests in our province and what you can do to support them.

Meet at the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon.


Tour the Giants in the Afternoon

If you missed the walk this morning, join this afternoon’s tour of Stanley Park’s giants. We’ll also explore the processes of forest succession in some of the areas that were severely affected by the 2006 windstorm.

Meet at the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon.


Sunday Programming

The Hollow Tree & Friends

Bill Stephen, urban forestry specialist with the Vancouver Park Board, will share the Hollow Tree’s story.  Then, adventure deep into the forest to discover some of the Park’s biggest trees that you would never guess were there.

Meet at the Hollow Tree parking lot.


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.

Meet at the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon.


Canopy Climb

Matthew Beatty with Bartlett Tree Experts and a team of Canopy Technicians, will be making his second ascent of some of the biggest trees in Stanley Park.  He will climb the trees 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.

Corner Tatlow Walk and Lovers Walk

 


2015

June 20th & 21st

A Weekend to Celebrate the Biggest Trees of Stanley Park


Saturday Programming

Exploratory Tree Climbing

Watch Matthew Beatty, certified arborist, climb the old trees of Stanley Park 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 trees.

Meet at the Second Beach parking lot.


Tour the Giants

Many of our province’s biggest trees are actually in Stanley Park. Join Shaun Muc, member of the Big Tree Registry, as we tour some of the Park’s giants. We’ll also explore the processes of forest succession in some of the areas that were severely affected by the 2006 windstorm.

Meet at the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon.


Old Growth of BC

Explore the ecology and conservation status of the most spectacular temperate rainforests in Canada with Ken Wu from the Ancient Forest Alliance. At this presentation, take in striking images of old growth forests – and the biggest trees and grandest groves – at this presentation.

Meet the Stanley Park Ecology Society office, 610 Pipeline Road.


Sunday Programming

Exploratory Tree Climbing

Matthew Beatty will be making his second ascent of some of the biggest trees in Stanley Park. He will climb the trees 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.

Meet at the Second Beach parking lot.


Big Tree Hunt

Ralf Kelman, big-tree hunter and a member of the Stanley Park Hollow Tree Conservation Society, will share the Hollow Tree’s story. Then, adventure deep into the forest to discover some of the Park’s biggest trees that you would never guess were there. Walk starts at the parking lot by the Hollow Tree.

Meet at the Hollow Tree parking lot.


Andy MacKinnon’s Tall Tree Tales

All big trees lovers are welcomed to this Father’s Day presentation of the biggest trees in all of Canada. Taller than a 30 storey building, these trees would top many of the skyscrapers in downtown Vancouver – where they once grew. Andy MacKinnon, renowned ecological researcher, will present stunning photos and tell tales about some of these magnificent trees past and present. Presented by The Big Tree Registry, Stanley Park Ecology Society, and the Vancouver Aquarium. Refreshments and beverages will be available for purchase at the event. Please purchase your tickets early to ensure your place.

Presentation is held at the Vancouver Aquarium.


Presented in partnership with:


Bartlett Tree Experts