EVERYBODY WELCOME - STAY FOR TEN MINUTES OR TWO HOURS
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
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.