Christmas Tree Extravaganza

Event Details

December 9th, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Messier (Saskatoon), Saskatchewan
Habitat Restoration

Step back in time – come out and select a spruce tree to chop down and take home as your Christmas tree! Previous landowners planted spruce trees on the property, however they do not grow naturally in this area.

Coniferous trees do not typically occur in the Aspen Parkland ecoregion and their presence may negatively affect the habitat for the plants and animals calling this area home. Spruce trees may alter the soil chemistry when they shed their needles making the soil more acidic, which is inhospitable to many plants. Spruce trees also provide refuge or corridors for animals that may not otherwise occur in the area. Altering the species composition of animals on the landscape may be favorable for some but unfavorable for others. Removing the spruce trees will help return ecological integrity the Messier property and restore it to its former glory.

Once you’ve chopped your tree down, enjoy some hot chocolate and chat with NCC staff.

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Messier (Saskatoon)

The Messier Property has three permanent wetlands and 10 seasonal and temporary wetlands scattered throughout the property totaling 25 acres. Eighty acres is in native grass, 80 acres is native aspen tree cover and the remaining 135 acres is seeded to tame forage. The natural grassland and bush have not been grazed in at least 20 years. This site provides habitat for white-tailed and mule deer, ruffed and sharp-tailed grouse and coyote as well as nesting and migratory passerine birds and waterfowl.

What you will be doing

Selecting a spruce tree, chopping it down, taking it back to your vehicle (setting up and decorating the tree happens later).

Why you will love it

Who wouldn't love selecting and chopping down their own Christmas tree! It's a romantic notion and a great experience. Learn about our local conservation work and naturalization plans for property.


Contact Sarah Ludlow:

Please Note

Please note that although spruce trees may be abundant on the property, they are finite - so make sure you come early to get the best selection.

NCC has a couple of saws but not enough for everyone. If you have a saw capable of cutting down a small to medium sized tree, please bring it. Additional information will be sent to you once you register. The event will proceed 'snow or shine'; however, if the event cannot run for any reason, NCC staff will contact you.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
We need you to bring some tools
Water and snacks will be provided

Event Sponsored by:
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Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Warm layers of clothing
  • Boots
  • Gloves
  • Toque
  • Extra socks
  • Saw
  • Ropes or Tie Straps (to take your Christmas tree home)
  • Any necessary medications
  • Reusable water bottle
  • The holiday spirit!