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
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
Autumn Planting Event 2021
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
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
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.