Great Sandhills in Saskatchewan (Photo by Rob and Arlene Karpan)

Great Sandhills in Saskatchewan (Photo by Rob and Arlene Karpan)

From Sand to Sky - The Great Sandhills Tour

Date and time: Saturday, August 13, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is joining forces with Nature Saskatchewan and Birds Canada to give you a tour of one of the most unique areas in Saskatchewan!

Located in southwest Saskatchewan, the Great Sandhills contain one of the largest sets of active sand dunes in Canada. Rising high above the terrain, the Great Sandhills cover 1,900 square kilometres. Native grasses, trees and shrubs such as aspen, willow and sagebrush flank the dune formations along with a diverse community of plant and wildlife species, many of which are considered at risk both provincially and federally.

This unique area has many conservation organizations monitoring the status of the plants and wildlife that call it home, as well as creating plans to help conserve the land and the biodiversity that it sustains. NCC in Saskatchewan recently finalized a plan that will allow for land conservation in the area to occur on a sound scientific basis.

This event will feature presentations about the conservation work in the area, a barbeque-style supper, and guided tours in the Great Sandhills that will feature plant and bird walks and a tour led by a member of Nekaneet First Nation. You will leave with insight into not only the ecological and cultural importance of the area and the species that call it home, but about why effective management is key to conserving the Great Sandhills. 

Join us on this special adventure! Travel to and from Sceptre will be up to you. Accomodations nearby are available and include Sceptre Campground, Leader Inn, Leader Motel, Grandma Shirley's B&B in Leader.

A moderate fitness level will be required for the evening sandhill tours.

Final details, including a detailed schedule for the day, will be emailed to you closer to the event.


Email Kayla Burak, NCC engagement manager:

Sponsor and partners

NCC would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of conservation and stewardship in the Southwest Sandhills:

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada – Community-Nominated Priority Places for Species at Risk
  • SaskEnergy
  • Nature Saskatchewan
  • Birds Canada

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