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urban forest trail in spring by Sasha Fa

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events in Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest as part of Surrey's 2024 Environmental Extravaganza:

  • Accessible Trillium Walk: Wednesday May 1, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

  • Animals of the Forest: Wednesday May 8, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

  • Learn to Identify Native Plants: Wednesday May 15, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

  • The Life of a Cedar Tree: Wednesday May 22, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

  • Birding in Sunnyside Acres: Wednesday May 29, 9:00 - 11:00 am

  • Annual Open House: Saturday June 1, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

All events being at Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest parking lot located North side of 24th Ave, between 144 Street and 148 Street.  The events are free, drop-in, and all ages are welcome!


urban forest trail in spring by Sasha Fa

Recent Events

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

Over 200 people enjoyed the many stalls and activities at the annual Sunnyside Acres Open House! Community members had the opportunity to learn more about the forest and other Surrey natural areas, listen to forest-themed stories from City of Surrey library staff, enjoy a forest walk with a forest fairy (flying in from SNAP) and feel like they themselves were flying with a ride in a bucket truck to see the forest canopy. Families had  fun making nature crafts, enjoying complementary cookies and face painting. Thank you to the SNAP team and the many local societies that made this such a great day. See you next year!  

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

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Autumn Planting Event 2021

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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

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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.

Where to walk when in the park? 

Request a tour from one of the Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society volunteers below.

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