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Gopher Seek and Find

May 1, 2024 - May 31, 2024, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | Moose Jaw

You may know them as gophers, but their real name is Richardson’s Ground Squirrel. They were named for Sir John Richardson, who documented them as he explored the Saskatchewan River 200 years ago. Depending on where you live, they may be called gophers, flickertail or picket-pin. In Saskatchewan, we usually call them gophers.

Gophers grow to 1 foot tall and weigh between one half to one pound. Gophers like to eat nuts, seeds, grain, grasses and insects. They will sometimes eat farmers’ crops which doesn’t make the farmers happy. Like other burrowing animals, they will hibernate, or go to sleep in their burrow for the winter.

When they come out, gophers are one of the biggest signs that spring has come to Saskatchewan!

Mischievous gophers are loose in the Museum, and we need your help to find them all.

Pick up a seek and find activity sheet on the table just before the glass doors. Explore the Museum Galleries to look for 10 gopher pictures and write down where you found them  After you’re done, put it in the seek and find box on the table to be entered to win a prize.


Regular Museum admission. applies. FREE for WDM members.


WDM Moose Jaw 1-306-693-5989


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