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urban forest trail in spring by Sasha Fa

Current Events

Annual Open House: Saturday June 3, 2023, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Get a bird's-eye view of our urban forest in a bucket truck at the Sunnyside Acres Open House! Learn about the forest and opportunities from grassroots volunteers who protect natural areas in Surrey, explore the forest with a forest fairy, and enjoy nature crafts, cookies, face painting and more. All ages. 

Wally Ross Trail parking lot, north side of 24 Ave between 144 St and 148 St. Please note that the car park will be closed. Free parking available on 144 Street and at the Softball City Car Park (turn onto 146 Street from 24 Avenue).

Hosted by Sunnyside Acres Heritage  Society and Surrey’s Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP). Drop-in. 

Photo: Sunnyside Acres Open House 2022

urban forest trail in spring by Sasha Fa

Recent Events

As part of the City of Surrey's Environmental Extravaganza: Wednesday, May 17th, Birding in Sunnyside Acres 

Brown Creeper, Sunnyside Acres, May 10, 2023


Autumn Planting Event 2022

Early November's atmospheric river brought two days of non-stop rain to South Surrey, somewhat softening the ground at the site of the 2022 planting event. The rain stopped pouring just a few hours before the event started.    


During a sunny Saturday morning more than 25 volunteers as well as City of Surrey staff and SNAP members introduced over 300 new plants to the urban forest. It was wonderful to see new faces, and have so many people, young and old helping to secure the future of the forest. We even had the help of Dante the dog (whose digging skills were far superior to the shovels).

Special thanks to the Fall 2022 SNAP team who had spent an incredibly wet Friday unloading all the plants and mulch, and who then came back on Saturday with smiling faces to help plant, staying late to finish the mulching. 


Part of the area planted at 2021 Planting Event

2022 planting event
2022 Planting 2

Autumn Planting Event 2021

Planting Site Nov 6 2021.jpg

The 2021 Community Planting Event was a great success, and was well attended by some enthusiastic volunteers from the following: 


  • Semiahmoo Rotary Club

  • Earl Marriott Global Citizens Club

  • Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad

  • Surrey Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP)

  • City of Surrey, Parks Recreation and Culture, Urban Forestry

  • Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society


A total of 300 trees and shrubs, all native species to the area, were planted.

Luckily, Mother Nature waited until the planting was nearly done to “water”the new plants.

Environmental Extravaganza, Spring 2021

"Environmental Extravaganza"


As part of Surrey’s Environmental

Extravaganza, a self-guided walk along Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest's Douglas Fir Trail will be the feature of the week. Signs with a QR code that can be read with a smart phone link the walker to various natural features found on the trail. This will self-guided walk be available from Monday May 17 until May 23rd.


This is Sunnyside Acres Urban

Forest's week - get out and enjoy!


Autumn Planting Event 2020

Date: Saturday November 7, 2020

Location: 148th Street and Rotary Way (22nd Avenue near the ball park).

Special thanks: Special thanks to all who came out for the Fall 2020 planting event, including Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society, the City of Surrey's Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP), Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad (SYSS) and community members.


We had 19 participants and 100 plants were successfully planted in the Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest. Many hands made light work! 

When: January each year

Recent location: South Surrey Recreation Centre:

14601 20th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 9P5.

Who? Everybody is welcome to attend our annual general meetings.

Format: Usually an interesting presentation by a guest speaker before a quick business meeting, followed by elections.

Annual General Meetings

planting party

2019 Planting Party

Thank you to all of our volunteers, the City of Surrey, and the Rotary Club for all of your support in making the 2019 planting party a huge success.


We had more than 40 volunteers come out. Together, we managed to dig out weeds and plant 223 trees behind the South Surrey Recreation Centre.

Scroll through the gallery to the right to see photos from this event.

Annual Open Houses

Scroll through our gallery of past events and open houses here.