Native Prairie Appreciation Week

2019 Native Prairie Appreciation Week

Join us for 2019 Native Prairie Appreciation Week! 

Activities for 2019 include a Youth Native Prairie Poster Contest, a Social Media Photo Contest, a Webinar about Bat Stewardship, and more! We will be attending farmers market booths around the province! Drop by to see us and pick up FREE Native Wildlflower Seeds! 

We are encouraging everyone to take some time this week to learn more about the native prairie ecosystem. Here are some ideas: Ways to Experience Native Prairie

Youth Native Prairie Poster Contest! 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Native Prairie Youth Poster Contest! We had almost 400 entries! The Winners of the 2019 Youth Poster Contest are: 

Age 11 and Up: Keeley Roy, Age 12 of Harris Tessier Central School. Runner up: Tate Yanke, Age 12 of Rosthern, SK. 

Ages 7-10 Category: Kage Roy, Age 10 of Harris Tessier Central School. Runner up: Dillyn Longley, Age 10 of Ogema, SK. 
Age 6 and Under Category: Anselm Myers, Age 6 of Saskatoon, SK. Joel Yanke, Age 4 of Rosthern, SK. 
Check out the Art here: 2019 Youth Poster Contest Winners

Native Prairie Appreciation Week - Youth Poster Contest

Official Youth Poster Contest Rules

What is Native Prairie?

Resources for Educators

Prize Donors: 

Friends of Wascana Marsh, Grasslands National Park, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Nature Saskatchewan, Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, Saskatchewan Science Centre, Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, Saskatoon Nature Society, Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre

Social Media Photo Contest

Send us your best shot! And you may win a prize! 

Photos must be about native prairie. The photo with the most votes on social media will win! Categories include: Best Native Prairie Wildflower, Best Prairie People on the Landscape, Best Wildlife in Action and Best Native Prairie Landscape.

Photo Contest Details

Contest Rules

The Results Are In! We had over 60 submissions to our #19NPAWcontest this year! Thanks to everyone who participated!
Best Wildlife in Action: Tammy Thomas
Wildlife in Action - Runner-Up: Tammy Thomas
Best People on the Prairie: Celia Hammerton
People on the Prairie - Runner-Up: Adele Perret
Best Wildflower: Tammy Thomas
Runner-Up in the Wildflower Category: Tammy Thomas
Winner of the best Native Prairie Landscape: Tammy Thomas
Native Prairie Landscape Runner-Up: Tammy Thomas

Native Prairie Appreciation Week - Nature Walk

Join us for a tour of Caledonia-Elmsthorpe Community Pasture, located between Avonlea and Milestone and home to species at risk, fossils and archeological sites. Come discover true native prairie and their beautiful vistas, rolling hills, wildlife & birds. Naturalist guides will lead the tour and will answer all of your native prairie questions!

Date: Saturday June 22nd, 2019

Open to the Public. 

More Information about the Caledonia-Elmsthorpe Community Pasture Tour

Tour Details

For details or to Register: 306-352-0472

Native Prairie Speaker Series Webinar

Join us for a webinar presentation about Bats and Stewardship by James Page from the Canadian Wildlife Federation. You can watch this webinar for FREE, from any location!

Presenter: Presenter: James Page, Species at Risk and Biodiversity Specialist, Canadian Wildlife Federation 
Thursday June 20th at 12:00pm MST (GMT-6)

Farmers Market Booths

Come find us at a Farmer's Market near you! We will be giving away FREE native wildflower seeds! 

Regina Farmers Market on Wednesday June 19 (9am-1pm) 

Moose Jaw Farmers Market on Saturday June 22 (8am-1pm)

Swift Current Farmers Market on Saturday June 22 (10am-3pm)

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 - Stay tuned! 
2019 Native Prairie Appreciation Week Sponsors

2019 Native Prairie Appreciation Week is Presented By: