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 forest. 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.

 

Photo: Joel Spooner

 

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 (May 27) 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)

Learn more

 

Canopy Climb

Photo: Joel Spooner

Matthew Beatty with Bartlett Tree Experts and a team of canopy technicians will be making their fourth annual ascent up some of the biggest trees in Stanley Park. While we are leaving the climbing to the experts, you may investigate the ecological systems sustained in the canopy through the samples they bring down. 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.

Meet along Bridle Path south of Lake Trail.

Free drop-in

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Hollow Tree Chorale

Enter the Hollow Tree in Stanley Park and sing our local bird songs along with a chorale group. Easy and uplifting; no experience and registration required!

This activity precedes the Hollow Tree & Friends walk starting from the same location. Click on the link to learn more and register for free!

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Meet at the Hollow Tree parking lot.

Free drop-in

Learn more

 

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.

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: Joel Spooner

 

 

 

Presented in collaboration with the BC Big Tree Registry, Ancient Forest Alliance, Bartlett Tree Experts, and the Vancouver Park Board. Photos courtesy of InTree Media.

 

Bartlett Tree Experts