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City of Surrey - Friends of the Forest

Nature Work Parties (All ages)

Join others in caring for Surrey's unique urban forest by removing invasive plants and litter from our parks. Everyone is welcome to participate - no experience is required. Tools and training provided.

There are usually 2-4 activities per month in the spring, summer, and fall. 

Click Nature Work Party Member below to get started!

Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad (SYSS) (Ages 13-18)

Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad (SYSS) is a platform for youth to take action on environmental issues. We restore and enhance our urban forest, advocate for our environment at community events, and grow a community of young leaders who care for nature.

There are usually 2-4 activities per month in the spring, summer, and fall.

Click SYSS Member below to get started!

Urban Forestry Leader (Ages 18+)

This program is currently on hold. You can still create a volunteer profile and you will be notified when the program is processing applications again. Please note, in order to participate in this activity, you may be required to obtain a new Police Information Check. Further information will be provided. 

In the meantime, consider signing up for Nature Work Parties to try the type of activities Urban Forestry Leaders help out with. 

Urban Forestry Leaders lead other volunteers in hands-on park and tree stewardship projects, and host nature activities at environmental events around Surrey. 

Receive training in urban ecology, plant identification, ecological restoration, nature interpretation and group instruction and supervision.

Click Urban Forestry Leader below to create a profile.

Fill in an application

City of Surrey - Partners in Parks

Connecting Generations - Garden of Generations at Unwin Park

The City of Surrey is one of the six partnering organizations of the Surrey Intercultural Senior Social Inclusion Partnership Network (SISSIP), funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Programs. The SISSIP Network is a multi-partner approach that brings together a group of collaborating organizations from different sectors with the purpose of this project is to address systemic barriers to social inclusion faced by seniors 55+ and support a more interculturally inclusive and engaged community. The City of Surrey has been approved for two years of funding from April 2020 – April 2022 for the Connecting Generations project.

 

Connecting Generations project will provide an opportunity for dialogue by bringing together youth and seniors of diverse backgrounds and cultures. The opportunity for dialogue within an environment where people feel comfortable to have conversations that would normally not be discussed and/or addressed from various cultures and generations, while promoting learning, sharing experiences, and hearing each other’s stories.

 

The Vertical Garden is an initiative in collaboration with Surrey Parks at Unwin Park in Newton. This initiative will provide opportunity for youth and seniors to engage in a community garden, share gardening skills, build relationships, participate in activities such as a seed starting kit virtual workshop, planting at the park, maintenance and garden care, art feature and much more!

Garden Work Parties

Join our head gardeners in the care and maintenance of Surrey's beautiful feature gardens. Everyone is welcome to participate - no experience is required. Tools and training provided.

Darts Hill Garden Park (all ages)
Created by Francisca Darts with the dedicated support of her husband Edwin, Darts Hill Garden Park is a showcase of 70 years of devotion, hard work and a pure love of horticulture.

The Glades Woodland Garden Park (ages 15+)
The Glades is a stunning woodland garden located in South Surrey. This unique garden contains over 1,600 mature rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants.   
 

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Play Squad

Play Squad volunteers assist alongside the Park Play team to bring inclusive, outdoor fun to Surrey Parks!

Fill in an application