2017 Campus Tree Tours

Dear Friends of the University of Alberta,

Back by popular demand… Please join us on a tour through North Campus’ Urban Forest led by horticulturalist and landscape designer, Wayne McCutcheon. The tour will highlight some of campus’ unique specimens and its landscape.

To register for this free event, please select from one of the dates/links below. Each date is limited to 20 people on a first come/first registered basis.

Wednesday August 9, starting at 4pm.

Wednesday September 13, starting at 4pm.

Wayne has walked the campus grounds since the fall of 1981. For the first 30 years of his time with the University he was Manager of Landscape Maintenance and Construction and since 2011 his primary focus was as Project Coordinator for Landscape Services. His passion was overseeing landscape beautification and improvements to ensure a safe and pleasing campus for everyone today and for the next 100 years. Wayne has returned to lead this tour for his fellow Friends of the University of Alberta.

For everyone who has been associated with the University of Alberta, its campus has a place in our memories – and its trees through the changing seasons are very much a part of those memories.  Much of the original native forest which provided the back drop to the University’s first sod turning ceremony has changed many new trees have found their way onto campus, including several specimens not native to the Edmonton area.  The campus has inherited a truly lovely urban forest of 4,000 trees.

We will be meeting at 3:45 p.m. in front of the Administration Building, facing the bus loop, at the University of Alberta’s North Campus.  The tour will begin at 4 p.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m at each of the dates listed below. Please remember to wear comfortable walking shoes!

2017 Annual General Meeting

The Friends’ recent 2017 Annual Dinner had something for everyone.

The Honourable Lori Sigurdson, MLA for Edmonton-Riverview brought greetings from the Government of Alberta.

Chancellor Douglas Stollery talked about the ten things that surprised him about the University of Alberta – and we discovered that we are Number 1 (actually all volunteers, but check the photo for evidence). Thank you Chancellor Stollery for your enjoyable talk!

The dinner also featured the Friends’ short and sweet Annual General Meeting. Nazir Mulji presented the Treasurer’s report. Ken Regan presented a year end review and hinted at the new engagement opportunities coming soon.

The election of the executive positions for 2017-18 was completed as follows: The Friends elect Kate Freeman as President, Nazir Mulji as Vice President, Matthew Sharp as Treasurer, Ken Regan as Secretary.

2017 Annual Dinner

Join us for a fun evening of dinner and socializing on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017. Our guest speaker will be Chancellor Douglas Stollery, who will speak about “10 things that surprised me (in a good way) about the U of A”.

Join us at The Faculty Club at 11435 Saskatchewan Drive at the U of A Campus.

Cocktails will be at 6:00PM (cash bar) and Dinner will be served at 6:30PM.

Our guest speaker will take the podium at 7:30PM

Order tickets on Eventbrite

The program also includes a short Annual General Meeting.