Spruce it Up

Event Details

December 7th, 2018, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Haynes property (Pine Lake), Alberta
Habitat Restoration

In need of a Christmas tree? Join us on our Haynes conservation property as we work to naturalize an old tree farm by removing non-native blue spruce.

Our naturalization plan has targeted these trees for removal. With your help, we will work to identify, tag and remove a select number of blue spruce. For those celebrating Christmas, all of the blue spruce trees removed will be available to take home and use as your holiday tree. The remainders will be given away to the community at our Red Deer Community Open House on December 8th!

Looking to carpool? Follow this link to add your car or join a ride going to the event. Happy carpooling! 

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Haynes property (Pine Lake)

This 64 hectare (159 ac.) property is part of a 549 hectare (1,357 ac.) network of conservation projects within the Pine Lake Moraine, just southeast of Red Deer. In conjunction with other lands managed by partner organizations Ducks Unlimited Canada and Alberta Conservation Association, the area is able to conserve aspen forests, native grasslands, and extensive wetlands for species such as the rusty blackbird, American badger and northern leopard frog.

NCC acquired the Haynes property with the assistance of the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada.

What you will be doing

With your help, we will work to re-naturalize a tree lot on site by identifying, tagging and removing a select number of non-native blue spruce trees from the property.

Why you will love it

Get in the holiday spirit by joining us for a fun day outdoors! Learn more about our local conservation work in the Pine Lake area, and the restoration plans for this particular site. At the end of the day you'll have the opportunity to take home your own Christmas tree!


Contact Hannah Schaepsmeyer: Hannah.Schaepsmeyer@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with drinks and snacks. Please bring a lunch with you.

Additional information will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. The event is dependent on weather. If the event cannot run for any reason, NCC staff will inform you in advance.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided
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
  • Toque
  • Gloves
  • Extra socks
  • Sturdy closed-toe boots
  • Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Ropes or Tie Straps (to take your Christmas tree home)
  • Any necessary medications
  • The holiday spirit!