Swift Current celebrated Native Prairie Appreciation Week last month with a series of activities and opportunities to raise awareness about native prairie grasslands.

Native Prairie Appreciation Week took place from June 16 to 22 and kicked off with two webinars: Adventures in Lichenology and The Royal Saskatchewan Museum - a hub of prairie research and collections.

The Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan held a photo contest that received more than 80 entries and a poster contest for children and youth that garnered more than 110 submissions.

Additionally, the organization lead an educational tour through the Avonlea Badlands and handed out native wildflower seeds at different farmers markets.

Swift Current was alongside others who officially recognized Native Prairie Appreciation Week, including the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, the urban municipalities of Regina and Saskatoon.

The Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan's next webinar will feature Mike Blom, talking about migratory birds at Redberry Lake.

The webinar is set for noon on Tuesday, July 30 and anyone interested in attending the webinar can sign up online for free.