Native Prairie Appreciation Week

2021 Native Prairie Appreciation Week

Join us for 2021 Native Prairie Appreciation Week! 

Stay tuned for more information!

Free webinars!

June 14: Intro to Native Prairie Gardens with Sarah Vinge-Mazer. Register here!

June 16: Native Plant ID and Quiz, Vol 2! with Amanda Muller, U of S. Register here!

June 17: Stewards of Saskatchewan: Getting to know our prairie Species at Risk with Nature Saskatchewan. Register here!

How to Experience and Learn about Native Prairie While Social Distancing During a Global Pandemic.pdf

Annual Youth Poster Contest

Our annual Youth Poster Contest is BACK! Send in a poster about native prairie or species at risk! Winning posters will be made into a bookmark! 

Submission Deadline: May 31st, 2021

Annual Youth Native Prairie Poster Contest

Poster Contest - Official Rules

Resources for Educators

Annual Social Media Photo Contest

Join us in celebrating Native Prairie Appreciation Week! Send us your best shot for a chance to win a prize! Winning pictures are by voting on Facebook! 


  • Best Native Prairie Wildflower
  • Best Wildlife in Action
  • Best Native Prairie Landscape

How to Enter:
Email your picture to 
Entry Deadline: June 11th, 2021 
Pictures that qualify (ie: are of native prairie) will be uploaded to an Album on Facebook and open to public voting.
Voting: June 13th-18th, 2021 (ending at 4:59pm)
The picture in each category with the most votes will receive a prize. Only votes on the uploaded picture in the PCAP official NPAW Photo Contest Album, during this time period will be counted.
The Winner will be announced June 19th, 2021

Annual Social Media Photo Contest Details!

Photo Contest - Official Rules

What is Native Prairie - Fact Sheet

History of Native Prairie Appreciation Week

NPAW 2003 - Rocklgen, SK. Photo by PCAP.

NPAW 2003 - Rocklgen, SK. Photo by PCAP.

The purpose of the Native Prairie Appreciation Week (NPAW) is to raise awareness and appreciation of native prairie ecosystems and their importance to Saskatchewan's provincial, environmental and agriculture sectors.

NPAW 2008 - Esterhazy, SK. Photo by PCAP.

NPAW 2008 - Esterhazy, SK. Photo by PCAP.

Jointly declared as the third week in June by the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment since 1999, NPAW is a week of opportunity for Saskatchewan residents, especially ranchers, naturalists, hunters, educators and resource agency specialists, to recognize and celebrate the diverse value of native prairie. It is the only week in North America devoted to raising awareness of native grasslands.

NPAW 2007 - Cypress Hills, SK. Photo by PCAP.

NPAW 2007 - Cypress Hills, SK. Photo by PCAP.

The week is highlighted by a number of partner events and workshops including the Society for Range Management's workshop and field tour. In the past, this tour was held annually to showcase a different location within Saskatchewan's Prairie Ecozone and has been known to attract more than 100 participants from within our province. The tour will now take place every two years, so keep an eye out for 2020 SRM NPAW tour details!


Previous SRM/SK PCAP Workshop & Field Tours include:

1999 - Romancing the Prairies - CYPRESS HILLS
2000 - PCAP (1998-2003) Signing Ceremony - REGINA
2001 - Discovering the Frenchman - GRASSLANDS NATIONAL PARK
2002 - Discovering the Manitou Sand Hills - LLOYDMINSTER
2003 - Discovering the Big Muddy Badlands - ROCKGLEN
2004 - Discovering the Moose Mountains - ARCOLA
2005 - Discovering the Great Sand Hills - LEADER
2006 - Discovering the Matador Grasslands - BEECHY
2007 - Discovering the Cypress Hills - CYPRESS HILLS
2008 - Discovering the Eastern Qu' Appelle - ESTERHAZY
2009 - Discovering the Missouri Coteau - MOOSE JAW
2010 - Ranching From the Ground Up - SWIFT CURRENT
2011 - Both Sides Now - MARYFIELD
2012 - Where Range and City Meet - SASKATOON
2013 - Discovering the Big Muddy Badlands - WEYBURN
2014 - From Roots to Shoots - VAL MARIE
2015 - Grasslands of the Forest - PRINCE ALBERT NATIONAL PARK
2016 - Blues, Bats and Blue Grama - MAPLE CREEK                                                                                                                       2018 -  "The Missouri Coteau: 10,000 Years in the Making" - BEECHY, SK

2020 - Virtual Event
2021- Virtual Event