trees and shrubs on parkland

Learn about the benefits and stages of naturalization and what areas of the city are currently being naturalized.

Naturalization is a process that transforms a manicured landscape into one reflective of the natural region. Responsible parkland care means sustainable practices that contribute to a healthy, climate resilient livable City for generations to come. Naturalization helps preserve and celebrate the natural plant and animal species found in our region. 

For more than 25 years, Edmonton has been reverting sections of City green spaces to a more natural state through naturalization. Naturalization is occurring throughout the city - along roadways, stormwater ponds, park spaces, and in new development communities. It may even be happening in a grassy area near you! 

These areas are not part of the regular mowing cycle, and may eventually be planted with trees, shrubs or wildflowers.