Relax at the lake, lend a hand at our wetland restoration project, help with bus conversion, and/or hang out with the locals in Riverhurst, Saskatchewan, Canada

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  • Description

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    Hi. I'm really excited to invite you to our little Village of Riverhurst, Lake Diefenbaker, and Palliser Regional Park.

    Please note that I will only take volunteers who are currently in Canada.

    As a member of a local group that volunteers to keep our village looking refreshed and friendly, on behalf of our committee, we welcome you to our little piece of heaven. Small communities such as ours really value volunteers who are, really and truly, the lifeline of this community.

    After a few years of 'talk', our group figured it was time to step up and take initiative in a new venture - restoring a wetland at the entrance to the village. We have many other projects on the go that include planting, caring for and expanding our tree canopy, tree inventory, artwork such as painting murals, and more. We would so love to have you join us.

    For many decades, this wetland has existed within the boundaries of the Village of Riverhurst. It is surface fed and subject to variations in water levels which have been the case for the many years of its existence. This has put enormous stress on waterfowl and other wetland species in the area, and adds significantly to the importance of this project.

    In 2018, in partnership with the Village of Riverhurst, development began to re-establish healthy levels of water in the wetland, while at the same time, putting safeguards in place to monitor and control flooding without draining the area. By doing so, the wetland will remain viable, sustainable and healthy, and in turn will support wet meadow species, green spaces and trees in the area immediately surrounding the wetland, offering habitat for many plant and animal species. This site will be used as a learning and demonstration site for other municipalities and landowners, for residents here and in the adjacent regional park, and for the hundreds of visitors to our village each summer. As well, The Wetland will act as an educational venue for youth in the community, with interactive knowledge from signage of different species of trees, plants, wildlife, waterfowl, birds, to illustrate the importance of maintaining wetlands. The primary function of The Wetland is habitat, shelter, erosion control and protection from wind and evaporation.

    Hundreds of trees have been planted around the wetland with the intention to create a sustainable and healthy eco-system for all to enjoy. Also, a tree nursery is in place to replace and diversify tree population and contribute to a healthy urban forest for the village. Throughout, we want to add boardwalks, bridges, walking paths, viewing platforms, nesting platforms to attract birds, a water movement feature, benches, pollinator friendly areas with specific plants to attract bees, butterflies, and birds.


    Riverhurst is my hometown. I live at Palliser Regional Park (just 7.5 km away from Riverhurst where the project is located) for the summer months, from May to September.

    The Village of Riverhurst is located in the middle of three major cities in southern Saskatchewan about 1.5 hour drive from each (Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Saskatoon) and about 2.25 hours from Regina). For the majority of the year, the population is 130 people. We are a resort village, so for the summer months the population multiples substantially. The Village of Riverhurst is 3 km from beautiful Lake Diefenbaker and 7.5 km from the hidden gem of the prairies, Palliser Regional Park.

    Our village itself has friendly people surrounded by a large farming community. We have a volunteer fire department, Lions Club, beautiful Kiteley Park for the children to play in and visitors to have a picnic and relax in. There is a bed and breakfast, hotel/bar/restaurant, beautiful boutique located in the old livery barn, gas station/groceries, campground, line dancing every Wednesday, and many events at Palliser Park to name a few. The population may be small but we are mighty ☺

    When I took on the project to plant trees and develop the area, I didn't realize the amount of time and labor that was necessary. I work full time at Palliser Regional Park and work at the project on my days off (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), in the morning before work and evenings after work. It's up to you if you want to help together with me or on your own. This project means a lot to me so I definitely put in the time and so look forward to sharing the experience with you.

    This is very much a cultural exchange because I don't expect you to help all the time. I'd like for you to enjoy and relax in Riverhurst, Palliser Park and surroundings.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This project is about protecting our environment, education on the importance of trees for our health and environment.
    You will learn the spirit of how volunteering is the true life line for small town living.

    Besides lending a hand, please experience the true beauty of the local people in the Village of Riverhurst and Palliser Regional Park.

  • Help

    Help

    The main area that we are focused on is at the entrance to the Village where we're creating an eco-friendly nature area. Our committee has numerous projects on the go and are always open to new ideas to explore.

    2021 season
    - Set up water truck/drip irrigation
    - Haul flax straw for mulch around trees
    - Cut down grass between 2000 ft of tree lines to bare ground with weed whip
    - Mulch approximately 2000 ft of tree lines
    - Stake holes where trees will be planted
    - Prune around base of Village trees
    - Weed whip and cut grass around trees at Wetland
    - Hand pull the insane amount of invasive sow thistle around the wetland
    - Water trees (north end of main and wetland)
    - Set up watering system for the Village Sign
    - Set up water catchment system for drill at north end of Main Street
    - Plant 560 tree seedlings
    - Level walkway and cut grass along entire walking path
    - Install interpretive signage along wetland walking trail

    The project will take a few years to develop. It all starts with a single seedling. Now is the time to start and we'd like you to be a part of it. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is NOW.

    In 2020:
    - a tree inventory of the beautiful canopy of trees in the village has been completed with follow-up work to be done pruning the suckers and water sprouts.
    - self watering planters were purchased for the many floral displays that our committee cares for. There is less to do with watering the flowers but dead heading is still an essential service.
    - 420 trees seedlings were planted and mulched
    - Drip irrigation system was installed
    - Village sign with perennials built and planted

    If you are knowledgeable in composting, forestry, ecosystems, fauna and flora, etc, we'd love to have you share information with our community. I'm also hoping to start a community composting project

    If you are creative and love flower gardening, we have a place for you. There are many projects ongoing regarding floral displays. In the works are creating fairy gardens utilizing tree stumps throughout the village and expanding a project that includes an old drill at the end of main street. We also would love any artists to join us as we are considering adding murals throughout the village and possibly creating storefront art on open lots along main street.

    If you have any idea about tree planting, oh how wonderful that would be. If not, hakuna matata....no worries 😀 Everyone is welcome.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

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  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    I live and work in Palliser Regional Park only for 4 months in the summer from May to September. I have a converted shuttle bus which accommodates one volunteer (currently occupied) and is used (by all) as indoor space for eating, sitting in when rainy outside. One volunteer will sleep in a tent, and I also sleep in a tent where I'm closest to nature. This is a campsite so the shower and bathroom are at the shower house

    My diet is mainly fresh vegetables fruit, dried goods (legumes and grains), and some canned food. Even though I'm neither vegan nor vegetarian, I do not have the capacity to store meat, milk, eggs or cheese at my campsite. If you want these foods, you will have to provide your own. If I catch a fish, definitely fish would be on the menu.

    Please also note: Due to my work schedule, it is VERY unlikely that I will cook for you during my work days. I'll provide the food though it's your responsibility to feed yourself (sorry about that :(

    This is a beautiful area and even though you will be volunteering, I really also would love for you to experience the area. The rest of the time it's yours to relax and enjoy this beautiful and peaceful area.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your down time, definitely ride across the Riverhurst Ferry to the west side of the lake, go fishing, hiking, golfing, swimming in the pool or late, check out the Rider games on the big screen in the Riverside Inn, shop at the Barn Owl Boutique, sand hills at Beechy. It's a beautiful area and if you like nature, you'll love it here.

    Riverhurst has a bar/restaurant, gas station with a small grocery store, library with a computer, and a museum. It's a quaint and lovely little village.

    There is a bigger center, Central Butte, that is a 20 minute drive, and on the other side of the lake is the town of Lucky Lake.

    I would like this exchange to be a cultural experience as well as a volunteer opportunity. Because I work full time, my availability varies throughout the week. We can work on a schedule together for what works best for both of us. I would like to work together at the project vs having you help alone (that's no fun, right?) With that, I only have the capacity to provide food that does not require refrigeration and can provide meals for the day that you are helping. If you like fish and fishing, let's have fish every night for supper :) The lake is just a stone's throw away. Let's see how it all works out. You'll be fed and given a place to sleep :)

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Because I live in a campground, probably a dog is the only pet that I'd be able to accommodate and unfortunately, it would have to be on it's leash. My campsite does not have a fence.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    24 hours per week

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