A bird sitting on a branch in a park.

Stewardship begins with a relationship to place. Strengthen your students' sense of place with regular visits to a local park or nearby shade trees.

Thank you to all the classes that participated in the Stewardship Stories contest this year. Entries were meaningful and creative, and we have showcased them on a virtual story map. Learn what Surrey teachers and schools are doing to connect their students with our urban forest. 

Stewardship Stories

Congratulations to our Spring Grand Prize Winners!

  1. Ms. Gill, Leadership Team, Green Timbers Elementary
  2. Ms. Benjamin, Grade 1, Sunrise Ridge Elementary
  3. Ms. Coca, Grade 1/2, Martha Currie Elementary
  4. Ms. Whintors, Grade 2/3, Maddaugh Elementary
  5. Ms. Mason, Kindergarten, Don Christian Elementary

Early Bird Prize Winners

  1. Ms. Gill, Leadership Team, Green Timbers Elementary
  2. Ms. Petersson, Kindergarten, Ray Shepherd Elementary
  3. Ms. Colp, Grade 4/5, Brookside Elementary
Teachers and students on a stage.

2022/23 School Year

Stewardship Stories will be back next school year! The seasonal changes of our urban forest provide endless opportunities for play and learning. Remember to stay on trail and review our Know Before You Go tips before heading out. 

K-7 teachers – in less than 100 words and a few photos, tell us how your class is connecting with our urban forest. By sharing your story, we can celebrate your efforts, showcase the good work that you're doing, and learn from each other. 

The contest period is September 2022 to March 2023. Limit to one entry into the grand prize draw per class per season. 

Fall (September to December): submission deadline December 16, 2022

Winter (January to March): submission deadline March 10, 2023

How to Enter

1. Plan

Check out our Resources for Outdoor Learning and review the Know Before You Go checklist. We're here to help! Let us know if you have any questions or if you'd like a set of printed resources for your class.

2. Commit

Take your class outdoors at least three times within the contest periods. This could include visits to your local park or a study of nearby shade trees. Explore activity ideas

3. Share

Document your class's experience in 50–100 words and 1–3 photos. Email your stewardship story to stewardship@surrey.ca to be entered in a grand prize draw. 

Read the Official Rules and Regulations.


  • Every class that enters will receive a Surrey Parks prize pack.  
  • Check back in the fall for grand prize draw details.