Testing the Waters

Event Details

August 23rd, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Natural Area, Manitoba
Inventories and Monitoring

Join us for a fun day of water quality testing at Manitoba’s Tall Grass Prairie Preserve. Learn how to use water probes and water-quality testing kits to measure a variety of water characteristics.

Help us learn about how different types of watering systems may impact water quality in dugouts on the preserve. In addition to a source of water for the cattle, these dugouts are often home to a variety of flora and fauna. We will be comparing samples from dugouts with various levels of cattle access to try and determine how best to manage such an important resource as our water.

The day will also include a presentation on the area’s hydrology from the Seine-Rat River Conservation District.

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/tsmvnp 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 Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Natural Area

The Tall Grass Prairie Natural Area supports a diversity of habitat types: wet and dry tall grass prairie, marshes and fens, savanna and woodlands, riparian areas and rivers. Thousands of species are known to use these habitats, including many that are listed on national or provincial endangered species lists, with less than one half of one percent of tall grass prairie remaining in North America, the Natural Area is a significant refuge for plants and animals that were once a common sight. Half of the global population of the endangered western prairie fringed orchid occurs here and this area is the only location in Canada where you can find the provincially endangered Poweshiek Skipperling.

What you will be doing

The day will start with a presentation by the Seine River Conservation District about the hydrology of the Tall Grass Prairie. Then we will head out to take water samples, conduct tests and record data from dugouts at three different sites.

Why you will love it

This is a great chance to learn all about water and how it influences the prairie landscape. You will get to try your hand at being a scientist for a day, helping to collect samples, conduct simple tests right in the field and record data.


Contact Rebekah Neufeld: manitoba@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

Lunch will be provided. The event will proceed if there is light rain so be sure to bring rain gear just in case. Bathrooms will only be available at the meeting location in the morning. We will be using latex rubber gloves for some of the tests be sure to let us know if you have any allergies. Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided
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:

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Rubber Boots if you have them
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen