2017 National Forest Week Calendar

Register Your National Forest Week Event for 2017!

We invite you to celebrate National Forest week in your neck of the woods. Let us know what you’re doing by submitting your event. We will post it on the National Forest Week Calendar.


Tree planting @ Marguerite Park, Coquitlam, BC
Sep 21 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am

Coquitlam Parks, Recreation and Culture will be hosting a tree plant in honour of National Forest Week! Come out to plant native trees and shrubs at Marguerite Park.  Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear clothing OK to get dirty as well as sturdy, close toed footwear.  Gloves and tools will be provided.

Arboretum tour @ Vancouver Parks Board office, Vancouver, BC
Sep 21 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

All are invited to join UBC’s Faculty of Forestry for a Stanley Park Arboretum tour!

National Forest Week booth at the Pier Street Farmers Market @ Pier Street Farmers Market, Campbell River, BC
Sep 21 @ 7:00 am – 11:30 am

To kick off National Forest Week, there will be information on NFW events in Campbell River, as well as free seedlings from Sylvan Vale Nursery, at the Pier Street Farmers Market. Come out and meet local NFW planning committee members!

Walk in the Woods @ UBC Botanical Garden, Vancouver, BC
Sep 21 @ 7:00 am

The UBC Botanical Garden and Greenheart Canopy Walk are hosting two tours to discover the forest above, below, and in between on their guided one-hour forest tour. Explore and connect with trees that hold up our 300 metre long canopy walkway. There will be two tours, the first at 10am and the second at 12pm. Please meet at the Botanical Garden admissions area 10 minutes before tour time. Children must be old enough to walk unassisted in order to experience the Canopy Walkway. See website for details. Free for Members.

Tree tour @ Arboretum at the Riverview Hospital grounds, Coquitlam, BC
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Riverview Horticultural Centre Society invites you to Tour of the mature trees in the arboretum at the Riverview Hospital grounds. The tour will last about two hours depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather  and wear comfy shoes or boots. Children welcome. Dogs must be on ‘leash’. We go rain or shine. Meet for the walk at Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building.

Logging history tour @ Nature House on Lost Lagoon, Vancouver, BC
Sep 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join the Stanley Park Ecology Society on an easy walking tour and learn about the history of logging in the park!

Forest walk tour @ Sunnyside Acres Heritage Park, Surrey, BC
Sep 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society for an easy walk with no steep slopes through the forest! Good walking shoes are recommended. There is also a 1 km wheelchair-accessible trail.

Atrium exhibit @ Atrium, Forest Sciences Centre, UBC Faculty of Forestry, Vancouver, BC
Sep 22 @ 6:00 am – Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm

Come check out the photo competition, homemade films, and slideshows, which will be displayed all week long!

Put on by UBC Faculty of Forestry and the Forestry Undergraduate Society, the competition is open to any amateur photographer/artist. First prize: $100, runner ups $50 and $25. Winner announced and notified on Monday, September 29thClick here for more information.

UBC neighborhood tree walk @ Old Barn Community Centre, Vancouver, BC
Sep 22 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

UBC’s Faculty of Forestry is hosting a social and exercise group walk in Pacific Spirit Park along Marine Drive to the ocean. Lead by Ben Seghers and Laura Cottle with Chinese forestry students to assist with translation.

Forest History presentation @ Brock House Seniors Centre, Vancouver, BC
Sep 23 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Join the Vancouver Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry to learn about changes in forest management over the last 40 years!

Values from the Forests: An Indigenous Perspective @ UBC Farm, UBC Campus, Vancouver, BC
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join a Musqueam Elder and Knowledge-Keepers, in a workshop to reconnect and restore our relationships to lands while we walk amongst medicinal trees and plants at UBC Farm. Workshop is free, donations welcome. Please RSVP at Andrea.Lyall@ubc.caor register online.

The New Urban Forestry – Climate Proofing Our Cities Presentation @ Forest Sciences Centre, UBC Faculty of Forestry, Vancouver, BC
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The UBC Faculty of Forestry and the University Neighbourhood Association invites you to attend a talk by professor Stephen Sheppard about “Climate Proofing Our Cities”.

Beaver Lodge Forest Walks @ Beaver Lodge at the junction of Hilchey and Dogwood Roads, Campbell River, BC
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Come out to join the informal walks through the Beaver Lodge lands to learn about forestry and forest ecosystems from local professionals. All ages welcome! Look for foresters decked out in high-visibility clothing at both the Hilchey and Rockland entrances.

Co-op student presentations night @ Forest Sciences Centre, UBC Faculty of Forestry, Vancouver, BC
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Come out for the public presentations of wood products & processing students’ experiences and for a networking night with industry representatives!

Annual Fort St. James Grade 5 Hike to Bone Lake @ Fort St. James, British Columbia
Sep 24 @ 5:00 am

As part of National Forest Week festivities across Canada, the Fort St. James Annual Grade 5 Hike is headed to Bone Lake on National Tree Day: Wednesday, September 24, 2014!

The activity lasts for the entire school day and all grade 5 students from the four surrounding schools are invited to attend.  Volunteers from the Fort St. James Forest District, BC Timber Sales Stuart Nechako Business Area Fort St. James Field Team, the local forest industry and consultants, and community members work together to make the day fun and interesting for the children.  Volunteers help by setting up information stations, barbequing a picnic lunch, or guiding small groups of children (of about 5 students each) and their teachers along an interpretive trail.  The route has prearranged sites that illustrate several seral stages of the forest and various ecosystems.  The sites include 2 wetlands, aquatic creatures, bird watching, plant identification, and have examples to illustrate forest health, fire and cultural heritage.  Children in each of the interpretive groups take digital photos of the sites, activities and themselves.  The photos are later collated on a disc for each school to keep and to use to help children make posters and to help reinforce the learnings of the day.  After learning about the forest, the schools are given tree seeds to grow, nurture and plant where a seedling can grow into an amazing tree.   Best of all, everyone has FUN.

Location: Fort St. James, British Columbia

Contact:   Susan Salokannel

Forest Walk and Talks at the Pacific Forestry Centre @ Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC
Sep 24 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am

As part of National Forest Week festivities across Canada, the Pacific Forestry Centre will be hosting a forest walk and a series of talks on National Tree Day: Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

All are invited to the Pacific Forestry Centre to meet research scientists Tony Trofymow and Kendrick Brown who will talk about their research on how fires, insects, and people have changed Victoria’s local watershed through time. The key is carbon and its complex, but powerful role, in climate change. Joel Ussery from the Capital Regional District will talk to us about why this research is so important to Victoria’s primary water supply. You will also meet Céline Boisvenue, who studies the effects of climate change on forests and how it relates to carbon, to learn more about carbon’s role in a changing climate.

Bring your curiosity and your questions!

  •  9:00 – 9:45: Celebrate National Tree Day with a guided tour through the newly re-opened David Douglas Trail on the Pacific Forestry Centre grounds. Meet at the main entrance.
  • 10:00 – 12:00: Presentations and exhibits in the conference room, Pacific Forestry Centre

Parking is free at the Pacific Forestry Centre, 506 West Burnside Road, Victoria, BC

RSVP to: Jane Foster

Tree Planting and Presentation @ Great Lakes Forestry Centre Arboretum, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Sep 24 @ 9:15 am – 10:00 am

Come join us at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre to plant some trees to celebrate National Forest Week and National Tree Day. Come to the main entrance and we will escort you to the arboretum.

Please RSVP to Cindy Grandinetti at Cindy.Grandinetti@NRCan.gc.ca by noon Tuesday September 23rd

Presentation:    Dr. Dan McKenney – Plant Hardiness Zones and Impact of Emerald Ash Borer on Communities and Treatments Model

National Forest Week Presentations @ Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Room A103, Robert Bondar Conference Room for the following forestry presentations:


  • Tim Lynham and Josh Johnston – Using fire radiative energy to better manage wildland fire
  • Dr. Dan McKenney –  Plant Hardiness Zones and Impact of Emerald Ash Borer on Communities and Treatments Model (continuation of presentation in the arboretum)
  • Dr. Paul Hazlett and Dr. Isabelle Aubin  – Understanding the effects of biomass removal on forest    sustainability


National Tree Day at City Hall @ Campbell River City Hall, Campbell River, BC
Sep 24 @ 7:00 am

Campbell River Mayor Walter Jakeway, Councillor Mary Storry, and Joe LeBlanc of Interfor will be planting a tree at City Hall.

Trees of Chilliwack – National Tree Day @ Little Mountain Garden Centre, Chilliwack, BC
Sep 24 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

In honour of National Tree Day, come out to the Little Mountain Garden Centre in Chilliwack, BC to learn all about Important Trees in Chilliwack and how to identify some native tree species.

World’s Largest and Longest Tree Hug @ Parc du Mont Royal, Montreal, QC
Sep 24 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

In honour of National Tree Day, Tree Canada invites all to come hug a tree! They will be attempting to break the current Guinness World Record for largest tree hug (2,001 people), as well as set the Guinness World Record for longest tree hug!

Come out and show your support for National Tree Day and become a true “tree-hugger” by taking part in the Biggest Hug of All!

Showcases of BCIT Forestry Projects @ BCIT Campus - Room SE40 to start, Burnaby, BC
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

BCIT will be hosting a day of showcases covering several topics in hour-long presentations, demonstrations, or walks including: invasive species, urban forest inventory, fire demonstration, forest measurements activity, and First Nations (tentative).

Forest Tour @ Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby, BC
Sep 24 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The City of Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services will be leading a forest tour, in which participants will learn about the diverse ecosystem on Burnaby Mountain’s forested slopes. The tour will be 1.5 hours. Call 604-297-4838 to register and quote barcode #347708.

Meet at the Burnaby Mountain Air Park on the north side of the Barnet Highway at Takeda Drive, across from Barnet Marine Park. Parking is free.

Predator Awareness & Safety @ Gate House Community Theatre, Port McNeill, BC
Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm

Come out to join the North Island Network of Forest Professionals for a Community Open House featuring presentations by Bryce Casavant, Conservation Officer and Megan Hanacek, RPF, Wildlife Biologist.

Forest history presentation @ Silver Harbour Seniors Centre, Vancouver, BC
Sep 24 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join the Vancouver Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry to learn about changes in forest management over the last 40 years.

Open house, interpretive walk, and more @ Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Port Alberni, BC
Sep 25 @ 5:00 am – 8:00 am

Come out to join the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for a free pancake breakfast, photo contest, door prizes, interpretive walk, and open house showcasing the historic and present-day importance, activities, and businesses dependent on our local forests!

Elk Peak Hike @ Elk Trailhead, Chilliwack, BC
Sep 25 @ 6:00 am

Come out for a hike, as forest professionals lead you through a managed woodlot along the iconic Elk Peak Trail. There will be two hikes during the day (morning hike and afternoon hike), with an estimated hike time of 2 1/2 hours return. Meet at Elk trailhead on Elkview Road at 9am or 1pm.

Big Tree Registry and Exploration @ The Tree House, Forest Sciences Building, UBC Campus, Vancouver, BC
Sep 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Come join the UBC Faculty of Forestry, the BC Big Tree Registry committee, and BC Plant Health Care Inc. to celebrate the new Big Tree Registry!

12:30 pm – Big Tree Registry website launch (with refreshments)

1 pm – Arbornautics: exploratory big tree climbing demonstration

Click here for more details

Register online by September 17th.


Tree tour @ Almond Park, Vancouver, BC
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join City of Vancouver Parks, Recreation & Culture to learn about the mature treescapes of ornamental trees from around the world established in Almond Park during the founding years of Vancouver! Meet at the tennis courts in Almond Park.

Public Field Tour @ Wells Gray Community Forest landbase, Clearwater, BC
Sep 26 @ 6:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tour of the Wells Gray Community Forest landbase showcasing the community forests role in managing the public landbase.

NFW Forestry Employer Forum @ WorkBC Employment Services Centre, Campbell River, BC
Sep 26 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Visit the WorkBC Employment Services Centre in Campbell River for a chance to find out about jobs in the industry directly from representatives of some of our largest local employers.

Register by calling NIEFS at 250-286-3441.

3rd annual OrienTREEing race @ UBC Campus, Vancouver, BC
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Find special trees based on clues and using the map given to you at the start of the race. Win $100, $50 or $25 if you find all trees (or as many as you can). Map the trees accurately and finish the race in the least amount of time. Click here for more details.

Register at info.fgsa@gmail.com by Sept 19th


Forest tour @ Prospect Point picnic area, Vancouver, BC
Sep 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come out to learn about Stanley Park management, forest ecology, and the response to the 2006 windstorm. Easy walk with no steep slopes. Good walking shoes are recommended and dress for the weather. Meet at the parking lot near the large stone monument near the lookout.

Public Field Tour @ Wells Gray Community Forest landbase, Clearwater, BC
Sep 27 @ 6:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tour of the Wells Gray Community Forest landbase showcasing the community forests role in managing the public landbase.