Native Prairie Appreciation Week

2020 Native Prairie Appreciation Week

Join us for 2020 Native Prairie Appreciation Week! 

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

Activities for 2020 include:

FREE Webinars Daily!!

June 15th at 12 PM CST – Native Prairie Appreciation Video Register here.

June 16th at 12 PM CST – Grassland and Forested Range Health Assessment Training Register here.

June 17th at 12 PM CST – Riparian Range Health Assessment Training Register here.

June 17th at  3 PM CST  Mapping Native and Tame in the Mixed Grassland Ecoregion using Machine Learning and Big Remote Sensing Data by Nasem Badreldin, SK Ministry of Environment. Register here.

June 18th at 12 PM CST – Into This World of Beauty by Candace Savage. Register here.

June 19th at 12 PM CST  Native Prairie Plant Identification and Quiz by Amanda Muller, U of S. Register here.

- Daily social media posts about the native prairie ecosystem and species at risk

- Voting for the best picture in the annual Native Prairie Photo Contest

- The announcement of the Youth Poster Contest Winner

- And more! 

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.

2020 Native Prairie Photo Contest

Photo Contest Rules

Youth Native Prairie Poster Contest! 

Thank you to everyone who participated! We had almost 100 submissions! 

 First Place in the 6 & Under Category: Clara McKay Selinger, Age 6 of Regina, SK

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 Runner-up in the 6 and Under Age Category: Kathleen Gallagher, Age 6 of Regina, SK

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 Winner of the 7-10 Age Category: Amelia Hanstock, Age 9 of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan

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Runner-up of the 7-10 Age Category: Harlie McNeely

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 Winner of the 11 and Up Category: From Outlook High School

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 Runner-up of the 11 and Up Category: Ariana Bell, Age 12 of Gravelbourg, SK

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Prairie Conservation Action Plan would like to sincerely thank the following organizations for their prize donations to our Native Prairie Appreciation Week Contests: 

Grasslands National Park, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Nature Saskatchewan, Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre and Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation. Thank you! 

Resources for Educators

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!