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Park Stewards School Program

girls planting a shrub

Connect your school with a local park through our Park Stewards program. The Urban Forest Stewardship team supports schools with their environmental education and stewardship goals through a combination of teacher training, stewardship activities and projects, park information, and teacher-led experiences. We’re strategically collaborating with schools to protect the urban forest, extend student learning, and meet increased demand for place-based learning in parks.

Program Goals:

  • Raise awareness of our urban forest and the value of our parks
  • Enhance wildlife habitat
  • Provide opportunities for project-based learning in our community
  • Increase students’ sense of belonging in parks
  • Support teachers with the implementation of BC’s new curriculum
  • Support teachers with place-based and environmental education
  • Strengthen community partnerships

Stewardship opportunities may include:

  • Lend-a-Hand litter picking
  • Invasive plant removal projects – Grades 4+
  • Planting native shrubs and small trees (October Releaf) – Grade 4
  • Planting large shade trees (April Releaf) – Grades 6+
  • Building and maintaining tree wells
  • Conducting wildlife surveys
  • Monitoring water quality
  • Collaborating with community partners

Please note that some stewardship activities require a minimum age for participation. Specific programming is dependent on park proximity, grade level, and nature of the park.

Stewardship begins with a relationship to place. All classes, especially at the primary level, are encouraged to make regular and repeated teacher-led visits to a local park. Students’ play and exploration in these spaces will naturally lead to observation and inquiry, an increased understanding of place, and an inherent desire to care for the spaces they’ve come to know.

Teacher Professional Development

We want to equip teachers with tools to help their classes become stewards of our parks.

Email to learn more. Please include your school, grade level, and nearby Surrey park(s) in your email. Due to volume of requests, please allow us some time to get back to you. We appreciate your patience and interest in helping steward our urban forest.