Urban Parks + Shade Trees - What Stewardship Can Look like for Your Class

K-7 Teachers! 

Join us for an experiential workshop at Hawthorne Rotary Park. Together, we'll explore ways to foster environmental stewardship and enhance your students' sense of place. We'll lead you through cross-curricular activities that can easily be incorporated into your next park visit or inspire a shade tree study. We'll cover principles of outdoor learning such as steps to keeping safe, things to consider before heading out, and park etiquette. Learn about our local biodiversity and leave with tools and resources to help your students develop an awareness of our urban forest and how to care for it. 

Wrap up the workshop with a plant walk hosted by Coast Salish ethnobotanists. Learn about indigenous plant use, from medicines for teas or edible berries, dye plants and more. This plant walk will also outline invasives & plant families in your backyard and the basics of plant identification with an emphasis on the cultural associations of native plants and their ecological roles. 

You’ll leave the day with your own set of outdoor learning resources, a COSMOS map of parks and shade trees near your school as well as some extra goodies. 

Target Audience


To Bring/Important Notes

Dress for being outside! We'll spend some of our time under a picnic shelter and tent, but we'll be out in the elements as well.

Please bring your own bagged lunch, water and snacks. 

Meet in the parking lot at 10513 144 St.

Please email Stewardship@Surrey.ca with your school's name by April 29th to receive a neighbourhood map of your school on the day.



10:45 AM - 2:30 PM
Room Parking lot
Hawthorne Rotary Park

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This workshops is held offsite at Hawthorne Rotary Park - 10513 144 St - Surrey, British Columbia - V3T 4V4 - Canada


  • City of Surrey
    Kim Houghton

    Kim has worked in the Environmental sector for close to 20 years with various organizations including Ducks Unlimited Canada, City of Delta and most recently as Stewardship Programmer with Surrey Parks. Stewardship has always been a common thread throughout her career and she believes it’s one of the most important aspects of her work. She finds inspiration and peace when she’s outside in nature, especially when she witnesses the joy and wonder it brings to children.  

  • City of Surrey
    Kelsey Slattery

    Kelsey received her Bachelor of Environment from SFU and has applied it to her work with Surrey Parks over the past 2 years where she leads stewardship programs that engage classes in environmental education and connects students to their local park to create a sense of place. She is knowledgeable in environmental communications, and program development, and is fueled by her passion to protect nature for present and future generations. 

  • City of Surrey
    Bree Greve

    Bree has been with the City of Surrey for nearly 13 years and feels so lucky to be able to say that she loves what she does! Her focus is on finding meaningful and responsible ways to connect children with nature in the city and it's the challenges and rewards of this that keep her going. She's proud to have played a role in launching the City of Surrey's first Nature Preschool program, with some of her most memorable days being the muddiest. Trees, sunsets and banana slugs make her smile and she will forever be exploring.