NatureCity Festival is a week-long festival featuring 50+ events to help you discover, explore and experience nature in Saskatoon! We invite urban residents, students, families, urban planners, artists, educators, community leaders, businesses and organizations to explore the vital role of nature in our prairie city and life.
Our city is a living network of rivers and streets, trees and office towers, prairies and yards. We are a city of contrasts unified by the natural networks that hold our ecosystem together. NatureCity Festival 2018 uses the Cree concept Âniskopicikêwin (pronounced ahnsko-pich’-kewin) to describe these vital connections.
NatureCity Festival is your opportunity to explore the vitality of urban nature in our city through experiential events, workshops, dynamic speakers, guided tours, citizen science projects, music, art, performance and more!
We want to show off the wild side of the Saskatoon: the magnificent river valley, parks, conservation areas, gardens and urban forests, together with the fascinating creatures and native plants that surround us. Celebrate the assets and diversity of nature in Saskatoon and deepen your understanding, appreciation and access to urban nature through experience, exploration and education.
We respectfully acknowledge that NatureCity Festival is situated on Treaty 6 territory and traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.
Join us on the trails, the rivers, the sidewalks, and the flyways to celebrate Saskatoon’s wild side.
Event Name: Nature Needs Half | NatureCity Festival Presents Harvey Locke
Date: Friday May 25 2018
Venue: Aden Bowman Castle Theatre Saskatoon
Description: All Ages
Wild about Saskatoon is delighted to announce that Dr. Harvey Locke will be the keynote speaker at this year’s NatureCity Festival, May 22-27, 2018.
Harvey Locke is one of Canada’s and the world’s most respected voices for the protection of wildness. And he is coming to Saskatoon, as chair of the Nature Needs Half movement, to deliver an urgent message.
The Nature Needs Half movement begins with the recognition that nature needs sufficient space to function properly for the benefit of all life on our planet. In most ecosystems, science demonstrates that at least half of the region must be protected to ensure the Earth’s resilience in the face of environmental change. We only have to look around us or listen to the news to know that conservation efforts to date have not been sufficient to sustain life on Earth.
What does the knowledge mean for those of us who live along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River? How do we transform the bold vision of Nature Needs Half into an achievable strategy?
Harvey Locke will be addressing these questions at a public event at the Castle Theatre in Aden Bowman Collegiate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the evening of May 25. We hope that you will be able to join us.
Harvey is a conservationist, writer, and photographer, and worked closely with First Light Films on Wild Ways. He is a recognized global leader in the field of parks, wilderness and large landscape conservation. He is a founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and of the Nature Needs Half Movement. His work has been featured in films and television programs in many countries and his photography has been used in numerous publications. His popular writing has been published in English, French and Spanish, he has co-curated art shows about Nature in major North American museums, and he has written many peer reviewed articles. Named one of Canada’s leaders for the 21st century by Time Magazine, he has received many awards for his work including IUCN’s Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award for outstanding service to the worlds protected areas. He lives in Banff National Park, Canada.