Summer Solstice Tree Festival

We have short summers, no one will deny that, but Edmontonians know how to make the most of it. Every year here in Festival City there are events across the city for Edmontonians to get out and enjoy the few months of summer we have. It’s no surprise this year the City of Edmonton is introducing a new summer festival planned around the summer solstice and tree planting.

The inaugural Summer Solstice Tree Festival is taking place June 23 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the John Janzen Nature Centre. The goal of the festival  to encourage people  to contribute to Edmonton’s beautiful green spaces and lean more about the importance of maintaining and contributing to our city’s urban forest.

With all the activities planned, it promises to be a great day. You can register for the Root for Trees 5 km walk/run or register the kids for a Tree-athalon, a 1.5 km run, to kick off the day. All registered participants receive two trees; one seedling to plant at the finish line near Fort Edmonton Foot Bridge and one to take home to plant. Stick around and enjoy bannock around a fire pit, listen to live music or enjoy the solitude of nature with a guided nature walk. If you don’t want to participate in the walk/run, you are still welcome to take part in the festivities and plant a tree.

To establish the Summer Solstice Tree Festival the City of Edmonton has partnered with Syncrude and the Edmonton Horticulture Society to expand our urban forest. For the Summer Solstice Tree Festival, Syncrude is providing all the trees and the Edmonton Horticulture Society is hosting the walk/run.

Edmonton has the world’s largest urban park and the City’s vision is to expand our urban forest to improve the beauty of Edmonton and the quality of life for all Edmontonians. Maintaining and expanding our green spaces contributes to improving Edmonton’s livability and has social, environmental and economical benefits. Trees improve air and water quality, provide essential homes for wildlife and contribute to pride in our community.

On Saturday, June 23 lace up your shoes and join us for the Summer Solstice Tree Festival. Have fun while giving back to Edmonton’s urban forest.

What are you waiting for? Register today!

For information on the event or to register for the walk/run visit www.edmonton.ca/trees.

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Jennifer Esler
Jennifer Esler is a communications practicum student with the Community Services Branch.
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