Native Prairie Appreciation Week

2022 Native Prairie Appreciation Week

Highlights of the 2022 Native Prairie Appreciation Week will include: 

1. Annual Youth Poster Contest - Winner Annoucement

2. Social Media Photo Contest Voting

3. Find the PCAP booth at your local farmers market for FREE native wildflower seeds. 

4. Much more! Stay tuned for more information about the 2022 Native Prairie Appreciation Week! 

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2022 Annual Youth Poster Contest::

Celebrate Native Prairie Appreciation Week! Make a poster about “Protecting Prairie” or “Species at Risk” to win a prize! All youth under age 16 from across the prairies are invited to participate! Prizes are available for the Winner and Runner-up in each age category (Under 6, 7-11 and 12-16). 

Official Poster Contest Rules

Submission Deadline: Post-marked by June 3rd, 2022. 

Native Prairie Photo Contest:

Send your best shot to npawcontest@gmail.com  by June 17th to be entered into the Social Media Photo Contest. The picture with the most votes in each category will be the winner! 

Native Prairie Photo Contest Official Rules

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The Native Prairie Appreciation Week Tour 2022 will occur in Eastend, SK, June 22 & 23, 2022.

Prizes have been generously donated by:

Nature Saskatchewan, Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre, Saskatchewan Science Centre, Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, SaskParks and the Western Development Museum

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 a future SRM NPAW tour!


 

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
2022- Birds, Burns, and Bison: Exploring Biodiversity in the Prairies - EASTEND, SK