2017 Festival Report
“We cannot protect something we do not love, we cannot love what we do not know, and we cannot know what we do not see. Or hear. Or sense “ - Richard Louv
We respectfully acknowledge that NatureCity Festival takes place on Treaty 6 territory and the traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.
As we engage in place-based and land-based education and experiences, it is important that we pay our respects both to the land and to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. As stated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we strive in our work to acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past as a way to move toward a healthier future, with “relationships embedded in mutual recognition and respect”, and actively work against colonization.
We dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.
WHO WE ARE
W H AT IS THE N AT U R E CITY F E S T I VA L N
atureCity Festival is an opportunity to explore the vitality of urban nature in Saskatoon, through experiential events, workshops, dynamic speakers, guided tours, citizen science projects, music, art, performance and more! A project of Wild About Saskatoon, NatureCity Festival consists of 50+ nature-inspired events spread across Saskatoon held over 6 days each spring. The festival is an opportunity to discover the wild side of Saskatoon: the magnificent river valley, parks, conservation areas, gardens and urban forests, together with the fascinating creatures and native plants that surround us. NatureCity Festival celebrates the assets and diversity of nature in Saskatoon and hopes to deepen our understanding, appreciation and access to urban nature through experience, exploration and education. Each year, we invite residents, students, families, urban planners, artists, educators, community leaders, businesses and organizations to explore the vital role of nature in our prairie city and life.
The fifth annual NatureCity Festival, hosted by Wild About Saskatoon, was held on May 23 - 28, 2017. Highlights of the 2017 NatureCity Festival include a keynote address by Canadian author and water activist Maude Barlow; a full education program for local schools; the launch of the Taste our NatureCity initiative, in which local restaurants featured natureinspired menu items during the festival; the launch of the EcoFriendly Sask NatureCity Awards to recognize contributions made to building nature connectedness in Saskatoon; and the participation of several dignitaries, community leaders, elders and His Worship Mayor Charlie Clark.
WHAT FESTIVAL GOERS SAY
NatureCity Festival is a collaborative initiative involving local organizations, groups and individuals, and each year our community grows.
There were over 60 events as part of NatureCity Festival 2017, helping our city residents explore and experience urban nature in Saskatoon.
2000+ PARTICIPANTS Over 2000 attendees took in NatureCity Festival 2017 events, not including many more who enjoyed the Taste our NatureCity.
“I learned so much about the water authority and city. Thank you for the opportunity” - Shauna Kelly, Attendee
“Very useful information. The practical part will be easy to apply.” - Festival Attendee
“We have awesome places right in the city that I had no idea about. Thank you for organizing!” Shannon P, Attendee
“A fantastic cultural and ecological experience. Do it again!” - Festival Attendee
We Are Water
atureCity Festival was a deep dive into Saskatoonâ€™s prairie waterscape - and the rich ecosystem and biodiversity that it supports. Water Sustains Us. We are Water. Water is Sacred. Water is Life.
Our theme for the 2017 NatureCity Festival was â€˜We are Water: Explore our Prairie Waterscapeâ€™
Our city is home to a vast urban forest, kilometers of riverbank trails and an abundance of wildlife. It boasts over 120 hectares of riverbank parkland and is surrounded by streams and wetlands. In addition to the considerable functional benefits that water provides in a city environment - from ecological functions to domestic use, industry and agriculture, to sustaining wildlife, biodiversity and wetlands
for managing storm water, to the discharge of waste, green space management, landscape design, climate protection and more - water also inspires reverence, creativity, celebration, has the power to move us deeply and connects us meaningfully to the ecology that surrounds us.
WITHOUT THE VISION, DEDICATION AND HARD WORK OF OUR COMMUNITY OF VOLUNTEERS, THE NATURECITY FESTIVAL COULD NOT CONTINUE TO BE WHAT IT IS: A COMMUNITY-DRIVEN CELEBRATION OF URBAN NATURE IN OUR CITY, SASKATOON. This year we saw several new initiatives sprout, as part of the NatureCity Festival: Taste our NatureCity, NatureCity awards, a festival store and 9-Mile collaboration, as well as our annual school program, full event calendar and our well-attended and dynamic keynote event, featuring water activist and Canadian Author Maude Barlow.
We want to celebrate and recognize the existing energy and new enthusiasm which came to festival planning. We are grateful for a committed steering committee, volunteer group, community supporters and event hosts, who all deserve a huge applause and who make this festival possible year after year. NatureCity Festival 2017 lived up to its reputation as a fun, engaging, educational and inspiring week to kick off the spring and summer festival season in Saskatoon!
- Brit and Myriam A NOTE FROM OUR 2017 NATURE CITY FESTIVAL COORDINATORS
What makes for a great NatureCity Festival?
68 COMMUNITY EVENTS A full line-up events to help our community experience and explore urban nature in areas all around Saskatoon.
NATURECITY AWARDS This year we recognized 3 local leaders: 1 business, 1 organization and 1 individual working to preserve and promote urban nature in Saskatoon.
MAUDE BARLOW KEYNOTE EVENT Our Keynote event, held at the Roxy Theatre, featured water activist and Canadian author, Maude Barlow.
SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAM
NATURECITY COLLABORATION ALE
TASTE OUR NATURECITY
Each year, we invite local schools to explore our nature city through free field trip opportunities.
We collaborated with 9 Mile Legacy Brewing Company on a beer featuring Saskatoonâ€™s local water profile.
New this year, 7 local restaurants featured a nature-inspired dish throughout NatureCity Festival. 7
N AT U R E C I T Y 20 1 7 H A D A LOT TO D I S COV E R ART / CULTURE Urban nature in our city continues to inspire us.
» » North heights band concert » » We Are the River public art project » » Carbonless Concert VII » » Medicine Wheels and Celestial Circle » » Wild in the City Group Art Show
» » Saskatoon Cache and Release » » Nature Grandparenting: Squirrel Frenzy!
» » Geocaching with Nature Saskatchewan
So much so see and experience in our nature city.
» » Firefly Night Hike » » Explore Eau Canada by Canoe » » Maze in the woods » » P.E.L.C. Pop-up Playground » » Rewilding the Child Adventure Hike » » Shoreline Experience for New Canadians » » Into the Aspen Grove » » Hug-A-Tree and Survive » » Our Living River - Prairie Lily River Cruise 8
GARDEN-BASED LEARNING Plant, grow, eat, repeat. Gardens are close to our heart.
» » Reclaim Our Prairie! » » Compost and the Story of Soil » » Labour and Learn » » Wildflower Identification 101
» » Guided Tour of Patterson Garden Arboretum » » Plant the Saskatoon Seed Library » » Rain Garden Workshop » » What on earth is a permablitz? Talk » » Saskatoon Food Forest Initiative Potluck » » Afforestation Workshop » » Walking Tour at the Forestry Farm House » » Let’s Talk Climate Change » » Our Blue Future - an evening with Maude Barlow » » Eat These Words Dinner by Slow Food Saskatoon
» » BIRDS,Birds In Real Danger, Saskatoon
» » Birds, bees, butterflies box building
Explore , study and learn
» » Birdwatching for Beginners Class
about our nature city.
» » Medicinal Plant Exploration Walk
» » Mendel Riverbank Bird Walk
» » Piping Plover Critical Habitat Presentation
» » Meewasin Trail Bird Walk
» » Spring Wildflower Walk
» » Wild About Wetlands!
» » Songbird Window Collision Survey
» » The Path to Wild Food
» » Shorebird Driving Trip to Radisson Lake
One of the best places to build community: in nature.
» » Spring Bird Count
» » Hyde Naturalize Park Shoreline Cleanup » » Nature photography with smartphones » » NatureCity Walking Meditation + Yoga » » Building Community Through Front Yard Play » » Reading the River: ecological activist art of Basia Irland
» » Bike the Moveable Feast
» » Waste Not YXE Potluck Picnic
» » Clothing Swap in the Park
» » Turning Space into Place
» » Green Drinks
» » Let’s Talk Climate Change » » Eat These Words Dinner by Slow Food Saskatoon
NEW THIS YEAR
new website, media presence, new logo and visual identity: in addition to some new initiatives added for this year, the NatureCity Festival went through some changes from the inside out.
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Itâ€™s all in the water.
A col l ab ora t i ve summer a l e b rewed by 9 Mi l e Leg ac y B rew i ng Many thanks to 9 Mile Legacy Brewing Company for brewing the first ever NatureCity Ale, which featured the local water profile of Saskatoon. NatureCity Ale was served at the NatureCity keynote event, participating Taste our NatureCity restaurants and around Saskatoon where 9 Mile is served.
Taste Our NatureCity Festival Saskatoon is wild - and delicious! Second only to our stunning urban nature is our vibrant and evolving restaurant and food culture. This year, we asked favorite local restaurants to feature a natureinspired dish or drink special during the week of NatureCity Festival. From birch-inspired chocolate cake, to fiddleheads risotto and Saskatoon berry sangria, the results were mouthwatering!
Nature in our city provides the space and opportunity for families to bond, children to play, communities to meet and acts as focal points for community life and pride. Good food acts in much the same way. Many thanks to our participating restaurants for joining in the fun, helping spread the word about NatureCity 2017 and helping connect our community to the wild abundance surrounding us!
Thank you to our participating Taste our NatureCity restaurants:
Little Bird Pasterrie & Cafe
UNA Pizza + Wine
Drift Cafe and Vista Lounge
Citizen Cafe and Bakery
dâ€™Lish by Tish Cafe
Nosh Eatery and Pub 11
E C O F R I E N D LY S A S K NATURECITY AWARDS
RENE AND LIZA GRILZ
Blazing Star Wildflowers has been instrumental in helping to protect and promote our regionâ€™s native vegetation and wildflowers and consequently, our wildlife and prairie aesthetic, historical and ecological systems.
Living Sky Rehabilitation provides a safe place for injured and orphaned wild animals to grow and mend until they can return to their natural habitat while encouraging public tolerance and understanding of wildlife.
Thank you to our friends and founding sponsors EcoFriendlySask, for believing in the NatureCity Festival for 5 years,and now coming on as the founding partner of the NatureCity Awards.
Louise Jones is recognized for her passionate and tireless work and leadership helping to protect one of Saskatoonâ€™s most significant ecological areas and the largest pieces of unbroken prairie, riparian, forest, wetland in the Saskatoon region.
ach year Wild about Saskatoon is proud to present the NatureCity Festival school program: four days of wildly exciting learning opportunities for students and teachers, offered at no cost. This year, the field trip offerings filled up quickly and sold out of seats! 2017 FIELD TRIP OFFERINGS: NATURE POETRY WITH JORDAN SHULTZ Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education EXPLORING SHAPES AND SOLIDS THROUGH THE GIFT OF CREE, WITH STAVROS STAVROU Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education LAND ART WITH LAURA GALLUP Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education EARTHâ€™S GIFT: AN ETHNOBOTANY PERSPECTIVE WITH SANDRA WALKER Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education LEARNING IN NEARBY NATURE with BONNIE MIHALICZ, SOFIA QUIJADA, JANET MCVITTIE Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education TIPI BUILDING WITH TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE KEEPER JOSEPH NAYTOWHOW Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education WETLAND FIELD TRIPS WITH DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA Chappell Mash Conservation Area
n one of the largest cities on the Canadian prairies, we can scramble up sandy riverside paths or forested trails; wade in the flowing river; explore hundreds of wildflowers amidst perennial bunch grass; learn the song of the Western Meadowlark; play beside restored wetlands, thriving gardens and naturalized parks; get lost in a national bird sanctuary, Northeast Swale or urban marsh; bathe in the over 300 days of sun each year, or find refuge under 100-year old elms, towering pines, ash and Amur maples under an urban forest canopy. How lucky we are, Saskatoon!
Bird Watching for Beginners
Birds in Real Danger with Michael Mesure
Tour of Patterson Arboretum
Explore Chappell Marsh
n incredible group of volunteers, community based organizations, businesses, groups and individuals help to make each NatureCity Festival a success. Our 2017 NatureCity Festival Steering Committee: Chet Neufeld, Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan Joanne Blythe, Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan Adrian Werner, Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre Candace Savage, Wild About Saskatoon Sandra Walker, Saskatchewan Archaeological Society Branimir Gjetvaj, Nature Saskatchewan Kenton Lysak, Meewasin Valley Authority Janet McVittie, University of Saskatchewan Brit MacDonald, NatureCity Festival Coordinator 2017 Myriam Ullah, NatureCity Festival Coordinator 2017
PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS IN THE 2017 NATURECITY FESTIVAL • Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre • Ducks Unlimited • Meewasin Valley Authority • Eco-Friendly Sask • Nature Saskatchewan • Saskatoon Nature Society • Permaculture Saskatchewan • SOS Elms • Prairie Lily • Children’s Discovery Museum
• Marion Graham Dixieland band • Prairie Lily • Wildernook • Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan • Canoe Ski • Do Sask • Alerces Preschool • Preston Early Learning Centre • SERI • Climate Justice Saskatoon • Richard St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
OUR H E A RT & SOUL • Lee Valley • Lichen Nature • University of Saskatchewan, Education Department • City Perks Coffee House • City Park Community Association • Rosewood Community Association
• Saskatchewan Perennial Society
• Saskatoon Food Forest Initiative
• Branimir Gjetvaj Photography
• Illuminara Wellness • Flo Lavallie
• Saskatoon Forestry Farm
• Carbonless Concert Series
• Green Drinks
• Saskatoon Cycles
• 9 Mile Legacy Brewing Company
• Waste Not YXE • Slow Food Saskatoon
Thank you to our Founding Partner: Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan. With your assistance and financial management, the festival continues to grow!
t the onset of planning for NatureCity Festival 2017, the organizing committee undertook an exercise to interpret the mission, vision, values and strategic direction of the NatureCity Festival, to optimize organization and delivery of the festival.
A community awakened to the beauty of Saskatoonâ€™s Urban Nature & ecosystems, where respect for the living world is routinely reflected in collective and individual decisions.
To promote a sense of belonging and everyday connection between city residents and the nature within and surrounding Saskatoon.
VALUES EXPERIENCE We provide meaningful opportunities for interaction with urban nature and wildlife to Saskatoon residents. COMMUNITY We acknowledge that all beings are part of the Saskatoon community. EDUCATION We cultivate a generation of nature stewards through nature-based and experiential outdoor learning.
INCLUSIVITY We acknowledge and create space for the perspectives and contributions of all people. CELEBRATION We inspire love for urban nature with a celebratory spirit. COLLABORATION We build strong partnerships and grassroots relationships between Saskatoon individuals and organizations.
DEEPEN OUR AUDIENCE. Deepen festival audience and engagement through educational, experiential and celebratory events/
ADVANCE FESTIVAL ORGANIZATION. Advance festival organization, governance, planning and sustainability. 18
DELIVER QUALITY PROGRAMMING. Aim to maintain high standards of nature-based programming for the Saskatoon community.
Full NatureCity Strategic planning document can be found on the NatureCity Festival website www.wildaboutsaskatoon.org
OUR FINANCES An incredible thank you to our sponsors, gift card donations and in-kind donors who make a community-driven initiative like the NatureCity Festival possible.
2017 EXPENSES Personnel: $4000 Administration: $454.63 Keynote Event: $7824.67 Website: $398.43 Promotional Items: $1632 Awards: $591.13 Promotion: $1862.87 TOTAL EXPENSES: $16763.62
2017 INCOME Total income: $20,270 Grants: $6,600 Carry-over 2016: $5,600
Sponsorship: $ 7,300 Donations: $770 19
BY THE NUMBERS
PA RT I C I PAT I N G R ES TAU RA N T S
N AT U R EC I T Y ALE
89% OF PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED EVENTS GAVE 5 STARS! Question asked was “How was this event?”
THANK YOU Without the support of our dedicated community, the NatureCity Festival would not be possible. These organizations believe in the mission of the NatureCity Festival and we are grateful for their continued support!
SPONSORS OUR SPONSORS
We couldnâ€™t do it without you!