Join our Wetland Proclamation Project in the Village of Riverhurst, Canada.



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    Hi. I'm really excited about a new project in our little Village of Riverhurst. I am a member of a local group that volunteers to keep our village looking refreshed and friendly.

    After a few years of 'talk', our group figured it was time to step up and take initiative in this new venture. We have many projects on the go that include planting, caring for and expanding our tree canopy, and would so love to have you join us.

    Riverhurst is my hometown. I moved back to the area in the summer of 2016 after raising my daughter and living in the city. I live in Riverhurst and work in the nearby Palliser Regional Park (just 7km away) for the summer months. from May to September. It's important to me to give back to my community and the rest of the year, I travel and volunteer internationally.

    The village 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. During July, our committee puts on the Blue Piano Days on Tuesdays with different activities, jam sessions and cultural food and events. There is a bed and breakfast, hotel/bar/restaurant, beautiful boutique (Barn Own 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. Since I work full time at Palliser Regional Park I will be available outside of my work hours to help. My hours vary but even so, I this project means a lot to me so I definitely put in the time and so look forward to sharing the experience with you.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help with Eco project
    Art project

  • 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


    The main area that we are focused on is at the entrance to the Village where we'll create a Zen nature area and if there are extra trees, they will be planted around town.

    Not only do the seedlings need to be planted, they need to be watered and cared for daily. As well, I plant, dead head and water the many flowers planted around town. It's becoming a lot of work and would welcome another set of hands throughout the spring and summer months.

    210 trees have been planted (the rest given away or didn't survive) and mulched to a small extent. In Spring 2020, there are 200+ trees coming and to be planted in the grove and around the pond. As well, we are hoping to have some excavating work done to keep the trees from being flooded. There is a lot of work to do and look forward to getting back at it.

    In May 2019, we received 570 tree seedlings from Shand Greenhouse at the Coronach Power Station. As of today (May 21, 2019), half of the trees have been planted by 3 community members. The village has an aging population, so it's difficult to ask too much from many of them.

    With these seedlings, as well as others being transplanted from the Village, we will be creating a Zen nature area at the entrance to the Village of Riverhurst and would love to have you part of this endeavor, as well as be part of our community.

    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.

    As well, in the fall 2019, we started inventory of the beautiful canopy of trees in the village and now are putting onto an Excel spreadsheet for the Village Council's easy access and budgeting. Still to do with the inventory is to record the condition and size of the tree. There's still a lot of work to be done.

    On top of that, our committee takes care of planting and watering flowers in the village. We've now purchased self watering planters so the task will be a bit less labor intensive. 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 worries 😀 Everyone is welcome.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, beginner French (through there is a french speaker in the village and on our committee)

  • Accommodation


    I live and work here only for 4 months in the summer from May to September. My home is a tent and truck camper in the Riverhurst campground. Your sleeping quarters will be in a tent where you get to experience the sounds of nature. It's truly one of the best feelings in life.

    I have everything you need during your time here. There will be food at my campsite though not sure if it is your kind of food. You're welcome to eat what I have or buy your own. Even though I'm not a vegetarian, I seldom buy meat, milk, eggs or cheese. If I catch a fish, definitely fish would be on the menu though food really is your responsibility.

    This is a beautiful area and even though I expect you help with the work, 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.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

Project - turn this wetland (at the entrance to town) into something a bit more pleasing to look at.
570 seedlings packed into two small boxes.
One of the many beautiful flower pots that I care for during the summer months.
Your home away from home :)

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