Saskatoon Safari: Genereux Park Exploration

Energize your soul with nature’s rhythm at the Saskatoon Safari: Biodiversity Bash at Genereux Park! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 2:00 PM. Dive into a communal citizen-science adventure, a vibrant celebration of biodiversity in Saskatoon’s gem – George Genereux Urban Regional Park in Saskatoon, SK. Directions

Event Highlights:

  • Passion for Nature: Immerse yourself in an unforgettable biodiversity recording and observation experience.
  • Connect with the Outdoors: Engage in nature while generating vital data for science and conservation.
  • Meet Nature Enthusiasts: Unite with naturalists, scientists, and curious minds for an enjoyable outdoor gathering.
  • Heritage: Learn a bit about who George Genereux was, and the beginnings of this afforestation area, a unique eco-tone in the prairies

Why Join NatureFiesta:

  • Overall Biodiversity Count: Be part of the primary goal of City Nature Challenge events – observing and documenting plants, animals, fungi, and organisms with iNaturalist.
  • City Nature Challenge 2024: Saskatoon is vying for the title of the most biodiverse city. Your enthusiastic participation is vital!

Event Timeline:

  • April 26-29, 2024: Record Sounds, and Snap pictures of wild plants and animals using iNaturalist. (sound recordings count too!)
  • April 30 – May 5, 2024: Identify the discovered species.
  • May 6, 2024: Results unveiling – witness Saskatoon’s unique biodiversity.

Take Action Locally: Join the fun challenge to support United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 15 (Life on Land) and 14 (Life Under Water). Contribute to early detection and rapid response for invasive species, document species at risk, and enrich knowledge for United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).

How to Participate: Whether you’re a seasoned naturalist or simply love strolling outdoors, all are welcome to join – it’s easy, enjoyable, and a fantastic reason to explore the outdoors.

Fun Facts: Discover the wonders of the free smart phone app iNaturalist – it acts as a nature journal, noting the location of the critter or plant. Plus, artificial intelligence provides suggestions based on your outdoor observations!

An intriguing category worth exploring is “signs-of-life.” This encompasses peculiar items—mysterious and less easily recognizable objects encountered during the quest for native wonders. These signs indicate the presence of life, leaving remnants like feathers, fur tufts, roadkill, bones, skeletons, partial skeletons, snake skins, teeth, insect prey in a spider web, spider webs, owl pellets, castings, turkey vulture or waterfowl regurgitation, insect frass or animal scat (poop) , bird or animal tracks, an empty or full chrysalis or cocoon, and more. It’s an opportunity to unveil the less obvious aspects of the region’s wildlife.

Tutorial Information: Check out the iNaturalist tutorial What is it? When and Where did you see What? about documenting any plant, animal, or sign of life in your city. Record audio or snap a picture with your smartphone and share your observations through iNaturalist or your city’s chosen platform.

Join the Nature Legacy: Make the Saskatoon City Nature Challenge 2024 a fusion of art and science, showcasing Saskatoon’s natural splendor like never before! 🎨🌳 #CNCYXE2024

About Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas: We’re an environmental charity dedicated to preserving the biodiversity of George Genereux Urban Regional Park and Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. Join us in empowering the community to protect and sustain our local environment. Become part of the NatureFiesta and contribute to Saskatoon’s vibrant natural heritage! 🌳🎉 Heritage: Learn a bit about who George Genereux was, and the beginnings of this afforestation area, a unique eco-tone in the prairies

with thanks to our sponsors and supporters SaskPower, SaskTel, Saskatoon Nature Society, Wild About Saskatoon, Varsity View Community Association, Rosewood Varsity View Community Association, Nutana Varsity View Community Association, Montgomery Place Varsity View Community Association. City Nature Challenge Saskatoon CNC YXE 2024 led by Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas.


Mar 27 2024 - Apr 27 2024


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm