News Archive

RMBR in “A World of Science”

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

A photograph of one of the programs offered by the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve has made it into the newest edition of UNESCO’s “A World of Science” quarterly newsletter.

The newsletter, celebrating the 40th anniversary of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program, shows students from the Parkwest School Division participating in an archaeological dig and is the issue’s only photograph from a Biosphere Reserve in Canada!

To see the article, click here.

2012 RMBR Photo Contest

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Congratulations to our 2011 RMBR Photo Contest Winners!

To see the results and the submitted pictures, please click here


Get Ready for our 2012 RMBR Photo Contest !!

Enter your favourite photograph or digital image from the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve (Riding Mountain National Park and  the 15 rural municipalities surrounding the Park). See Map

Submissions for the 2012 RMBR Photo Contest will be accepted until July 1, 2012.

Winners will be announced July 20, 2012!


1st Place – Garmin GPS unit

2nd Place – $75.00

3rd Place – $50.00

Contest Details

Five Contest Categories:

  1. Landscape
  2. Wildlife
  3. My Town (highlighting your community)
  4. People
  5. Junior Photographer (under age 16 as of July 1st, 2012)

Contest open to all residents and visitors of the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve and of Riding Mountain National Park (except contest sponsors or judges, and immediate families of all these persons).

How to Enter:
A limit of five (5) entries per person please. Each photo or image submitted must be taken within the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve (which includes Riding Mountain National Park and the 15 Rural Municipalities that surround the Park), and must include the photographer’s name, address, telephone number and (if entering the junior category) date of birth. A title and a two or three sentence description of the image must be included and names of persons shown are appreciated, but not mandatory.

Entries can be submitted:

  1. By mail to Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve Photo Contest
    Box 232
    Onanole, Manitoba R0J 1N0
  2. By email
    Digital images may be sent by email to: [email protected]

Ownership and Liability:
All photos or images submitted become the property of Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve, which shall have the right, at any time, to publicly display, publish (on paper or electronically) or otherwise use any photo or image. Persons submitting entries are responsible to ensure the consent of any person shown in the photo or image.

Judges Decisions:
All decisions of the judges with respect to all aspects of the contest are final.

Chances of Winning:
Chances of winning are dependent on the total number of entries received, and on the quality of photos or images entered.

We look forward to receiving the 2012 RMBR Photo Contest Submissions!

For more information call Valerie Pankratz
at (204) 636 2085 or
e-mail [email protected]

Water Stewardship Project

Friday, October 28th, 2011

In partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Watersheds (CSW), the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve is developing an engaging water stewardship education package for residents and users of lands adjacent to waterways in the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve area.

This project will encourage green boating, water conservation, proper septic maintenance, and habitat protection to ensure the preservation of the region’s rich and diverse water bodies. By providing specific, relevant information we hope to instil a sense of ownership that will propel residents to take positive environmental action to protect this unique area for future generations.

Click here to learn more!

At the Farm Gate Fall Harvest Market 2011

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

“At the Farm Gate” Fall Harvest Market – September 24th, 2011

It’s Back!! The “At the Farm Gate” Fall Harvest Market!!! As part of the 2011 Sonics and Sojourns Festival of Music and Learning Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve is hosting the ATFG Fall Harvest Market on Saturday September 24th, 2011 in Onanole, Manitoba from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Help us make the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve region more sustainable and known for its unique local flavour.

Fall Harvest Market Poster

Contact Valerie at [email protected] or call 204-636-2085 for more information.

RMBR Board Meeting

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Next meeting date: January 10, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve  – Erickson Office. 61 2nd NE, Erickson MB

Warblers to Waterfowl

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve

Warblers to Waterfowl Weekend

May 27-29, 2011

[ Warblers & Waterfowl ]

A great weekend searching for life list birds and spending time with others who are bird enthusiasts! Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve is home to great grey owls, herons and the rare golden winged warbler. From Proven Marsh to Whirlpool Lake, Mount Agassiz and the Minnedosa pothole country you will be treated to a host of wonderful warblers and other exciting boreal  forest birds in the Biosphere Reserve’s core protected area, Riding Mountain National Park. Accommodations with local certified Bed and Breakfasts will give you a chance to meeting friends, old and new, enjoy great food and excellent accommodations.  The weekend will be led by expert birder and enthusiastic raconteur Calvin Cuthbert.

To view the registration poster click here!

For more information please call Valerie at 204-636-2085 or email [email protected]

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RMBR Receives Award of Excellence

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

On Thursday August 19th, RMBR was presented the Riding Mountain Award of Excellence by Riding Mountain National Park Superintendent Cheryl Penny.

The award recognized RMBR for fostering a culture of conservation in the Riding Mountain Region, for working with residents and schools around the park, delivering various programs workshops & international tours, and chairing the TB Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

At the Farm Gate – Fall Harvest Market – A Huge Success

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Saturday September 25th “At the Farm Gate” held its first ever Fall Harvest Market in Onanole at the Onanole Recreation Centre as part of the Sonics and Sojourns Festival.  This regional market had fourteen vendors with a variety of products from Alpaca winter woolly mittens, scarves, and toques (as well as, the cutest alpaca wool teddy bears that were way too hard to resist once you felt how soft these furry creatures were) to handmade soaps and lotions that smelled heavenly and helped with an assortment of maladies, to garden fresh veggies including carrots, beets and buttercup squash,. All the products were made, created, grown, raised, or produced locally within or very close to the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve.

“At the Farm Gate” is a regional virtual farmers and artisan market whereby small farm families and artisans in the Biosphere Reserve can link to folks would like to purchase locally made and grown products. We’ve been working on this project for the last year in order to promote and highlight products that are made locally and to encourage our neighbours and visitors alike to buy local and support their local farm families and artisans. “Made in Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve” means that fewer miles and less gas are needed to get the corn from the garden to your soup pot or the vivid pink crocheted hat from the artist’s needles to your child’s curl tousled head. This not only means less CO2 emissions and cleaner air but also real, honest, fresh from the farm goodness in every forkful of locally grown apple pie,  or spoonful locally picked high bush cranberry jelly, as well as pastured pork and chicken and grass fed beef  grown and raised right here in the Biosphere Reserve.

Hundreds of folks from far and near came to sample jellies and bread, try out lime scented body scrubs, sniff sweet smelling soy candles, pick out the perfect bracelet and necklace and browse the regional cookbooks. Another of the highlights of the Fall Harvest Market had to be the demonstrations and presentations. Leaning firsthand how Lorraine and Joe Poitras brought Wild Joes Jelllies to life, their successes and their trials and sampling the “fruits” of their labors brought home the need to save our wild spaces including fence rows and road allowances where remnants of a vast and rich bio-diverse wild fruit population still exist. Wes Huyghe of Little Path Farm showed off his culinary skills and knowledge of a wide variety of veggies while preparing a succulent squash bake with walnuts, raisins and maple syrup and Chef Rob Hume from the Elkhorn Resort delighted the audience with a wonderful garden burger showing how veggie burgers can be a delicious addition to anyone’s menu including die hard meat enthusiasts.  Rob added a variety of toppings including bacon, smoked garlic sausage, cheddar and blue cheese for a total taste treat.

At the Farm Gate Market  Recipes

Garden Patties – Click Here

Squash Bake – Click Here

A successful project – undoubtedly!   A successful market – most definitely!  The first of similar markets – stay tuned!

To get involved with or find out more about the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve “At the Farm Gate” project please contact Valerie at [email protected] or call 204-636-2085.

UNESCO Associated Schools Program Onanole

Monday, August 31st, 2009


Onanole Elementary School has received notification that their application to become a UNESCO ASPnet candidate school has been received and that they can now promote themselves as being such.  Onanole Elementary continues to create programming in line with the four pillars of learning and within the themes of the UNESCO ASPnet. This year they worked on project’s incorporating the theme of racism and discrimination and the effects on youth and our community which included a peace fair that embraced the community’s’ diverse cultures, and promoting peace throughout the school, and the community. Three teachers at Onanole Elementary has also been awarded the

Manitoba’s Celebration of Excellence in Teaching Minister’s Award 2008-2009 for Team Collaboration for last year’s F.I.S.H. project. Inspired by Mahatma Ghandi’s powerful words ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’, these teachers were very involved in the Friends Involved in Stopping Hunger (FISH) project. Activities included distributing Christmas food hampers, volunteering at Samaritan House in Brandon and the Empty Bowl project that raised $2,000 to help relieve local hunger.)