Members of Wild about Saskatoon ventured over to Wildwood Park on a cloudy Wednesday during Arbor Week (May 20-28) to take the self-guided tree tour. This tour, developed by the SOS Trees Coalition to teach people about the urban forest in Saskatoon, featured posters attached to specific tree species around the park, displaying QR codes for visitors to scan. The QR codes took us to short audio clips, which shared informative, humorous, and refreshing information about each tree in question, such as the drought tolerance and hardiness of green ash, the homey environment of spruce for birds, and the introduction of Scots pine into North America as a Christmas tree.
Wildwood Park is a beautifully open park behind Wildwood School with clusters of tall, sturdy trees. As we made our stops along the tour and listened to these playful audio clips, we interacted with each tree, observing its height and colours, feeling the texture of its bark and branches, and using our other senses to enhance our appreciation for it. We found acorns strewn about a bur oak tree, noted the signature holes of sap suckers on a Scots pine (which pine tree is also, apparently, a preferred cuisine for porcupines), and ladybugs feasting on pests on an American elm