Campout for Conservation at Old Man on His Back!

Event Details

August 11th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Old Man on His Back (Swift Current/Eastend), Saskatchewan
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Join us at our stunning southwestern ranch, Old Man on His Back, for a weekend of native prairie fun all in the name of conservation! Every year we head out to Old Man on His Back for a weekend of activities, including campfires, star gazing, wildlife watching, and meeting new friends!

We will be cleaning up the bison handling facilities which will make it safer for the bison during round-up, capping fence posts, and attaching markers to fence lines to increase their visibility to sage grouse and other wildlife. We may also may building, repairing and installing Ferruginous Hawk nest platforms! If you enjoy spending time outdoors, want to experience untouched native prairie, and want some hands-on stewardship experience then please join us at this event! This is a great opportunity to experience what a working southwest ranch is all about!

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling to the property with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here and add your car, or join a car. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. Happy travels!

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About Old Man on His Back (Swift Current/Eastend)

The Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area (OMB) continues to be one of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) flagship projects in Saskatchewan and a beacon of hope for protecting our remaining intact native grasslands. Located in southwestern Saskatchewan, the area is characterized by vast natural lands with significant cultural and historical value. Thanks to Peter and Sharon Butala, the ranch’s previous owners, this 13,135-acre (5,316-hectare) ranch will be protected forever.

What you will be doing

Fences are an important tool in managing our landscapes, but fences can also injure wildlife and create barriers for movement. Recent evidence indicates that traditional barbed wire fences pose a collision risk for sage grouse due to the low visibility of the fence line, and that marking them with reflective markers can increase visibility. Fences at Old Man on His Back will also be made more wildlife friendly by capping the metal fence posts. Hollow metal fence posts pose a danger to small birds, particularly fledglings, which can fall down the fence post and are then unable to get back out. We may also be repairing and building Ferruginous Hawk nest platforms to increase the chance for this Threatened hawk to successfully nest.

Why you will love it

Come join us for a fun weekend at Old Man on His Back - not only will you be helping our conservation efforts, but you will get the opportunity to enjoy the day in some beautiful native prairie. This is a great opportunity to experience life on a southwestern ranch! Plus you get a chance to check out the Plains Bison herd we have grazing the ranch for us!


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Please Note

If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you! Please bring a range of clothing you can layer for varying weather. All meals, tools, equipment, and gloves will be provided, along with snacks and water. Additional information, including maps and driving directions, will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Volunteers usually camp in the yard of the interpretive centre, so please bring a tent, sleeping bag, etc. The event will continue (light) rain or shine. Please wear clothing that you are comfortable getting dirty or torn.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Running water and flush toilets
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water, snacks and a hot meal
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Sturdy, closed-toed shoes
  • Hat
  • Clothing layers
  • Rain gear
  • Change of clothes
Camping Gear
  • Tent or trailer
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Camp chairs
  • Camera (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Any necessary medication
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray