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PaRx has officially arrived in Saskatchewan!

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  • PaRx, Canada's first national nature prescription program, has officially arrived in Saskatchewan!

    PaRx is an initiative of the BC Parks Foundation, driven by health-care professionals who want to improve their patients’ health by connecting them to nature. Featuring practical resources like quick tips and patient handouts, its goal is to make prescribing time in nature simple, fun and effective. Research suggests that spending time in green space boosts immune function and life expectancy, and lowers the risk of developing a host of medical conditions from heart disease to diabetes, obesity, depression and anxiety. Not only that, but people who are more connected to nature are more likely to protect it.

    This program for National Forest Week is brought to you by the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas an environmental non-profit charity that was created to preserve and restore the 326-acre Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the 148-acre George Genereux Urban Regional Park. Our work reinforces the 1979 City Council decision designating these afforestation areas on the western fringe of Saskatoon to “be preserved in perpetuity.” They are important habitat for wildlife as well as semi-wild public spaces for recreation and nature immersion. The larger of these two areas is named after Richard St. Barbe Baker (1889-1982), who has been called the “first global conservationist” and in recognition of this he was made the first Honorary Life Member of the World Wildlife Fund in 1969. A British forester who also homesteaded and studied in Saskatoon, he dedicated his entire life unfailingly to the preservation and planting of trees and forests.

    This is one session in a week long series of events celebrating National Forest Week with a theme – “Our Forests – Continually Giving”

    Sat. Sept 18 7:00 Ryan Brook Saskatoon’s Wildlife—the real night life in Saskatoon! Saskatoon’s trail cams reveal who’s who.

    Sun Sept 19 2:00 Nature Connect BioBlitz – Forest Walk meet at George Sun Sept 19 2:00 Nature Snapshot in Time

    Sun Sep. 19 2:00 Forestry Farm Walking Tour

    Sun. Sept. 19 7:00 Canada Wide CLS environmental education program explores historical time lines

    Mon Sept 20 2:00 Flag raising Ceremony at City Hall – National Forest Week

    Mon Sept 20 7:00 The Urban Forest and Climate Change

    SOS trees has a self-guided tree tour which explores the amazing and wondrous trees that grow in our fair city.

    Tues Sept 21 7:00 Dr. Colin Laroque Shelterbelts SB- Decision Support System and Agroforestry

    Wed. Sept 22 Maple Leaf Day 7:00 National Healing Forests Truth and Reconciliation

    Thurs Sept 23 7:00 Urban forests and greenspaces enhance Saskatoon’s quality of life.

    Sep 24 at 7:00 pm webinar to be announced RFP.

    Sat Sept 25 7:00 PaRx in Saskatchewan, PaRx, Canada’s First National Prescription Program has officially arrived in Saskatchewan!

    Sunday Sep 26 at 2:00 Forest connections and guided walk

    Sunday Sep 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm Our Forests. Are They Alive?

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