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MHC’s Urban Tree Project Grand Finale

The Urban Tree Project, an applied research venture from Medicine Hat College’s (MHC) Centre for Innovation, is wrapping up with two events on February 26 showcasing multidisciplinary talent.

The project, led by science instructor Brent Smith, is focused on reducing emissions and water usage through the measuring of soil conditions, the gathering and growing of various native plant species, and the communication of local ecosystem health and the importance of these native trees to stakeholders and the public.

Data collected from the soil monitoring has led to a wonderful collaboration between the science and art worlds. Local artists, headed by curator Jim Kuehn and co-curator Elly Heise, have created stunning multisensory art installations interactively visualizing the data, exploring our connection with nature, and expanding on the theme of togetherness and belonging.

“The trees of Medicine Hat are integral to a successful community. We find comfort, wellness, and security in the neighborhoods, parks, and river valley that are filled with trees. The 'Pulse of the Urban Forest' exhibition celebrates our relationship with nature,” explains Kuehn.

Beginning on Monday, February 26, project kick-off events will be held in Ómahksípiitaa (Big Eagle), MHC’s Indigenous gathering space. From 12-2 p.m., join us for pizza and snacks and learn all about native species with our main speaker, Brent Smith. Then, from 7-9 p.m., stop by for a smudging ceremony with our Indigenous department, and explore the meaning and message behind the art installations while enjoying refreshments and light snacks.

This project is generously funded by the ImpAct Climate Grant from Colleges and Institutes Canada.

Urban Trees Project Invite