The Living Prairie Museum is a 12 hectare (30acre) tall grass prairie preserve located
inside the City of Winnipeg. Set aside in 1968, this preserve is home to over 160 species
of prairie plants and a great array of prairie wildlife. Prior to European settlement,
tall grass prairie covered one million square kilometres in central North America,
stretching from Texas to southern Manitoba. Today, tall grass prairie is all but gone.
In Manitoba only 1/20th of 1% of the original tall grass prairie remains. The Living Prairie
Museum is one of the few remaining fragments of this once vast ecosystem.
The goal of Living Prairie Museum is to provide awareness and conservation of natural areas, specifically tall grass prairie, through environmental education. To download a copy of our
Environmental Education Brochure for print,
Living Prairie Museum News
Want to give snowshoeing a try? Looking for a nice day outside with family and friends? Join us for free snowshoeing!
Every other Sunday: Jan. 25, Feb. 8, and Feb. 22, 10:00-5:00 pm.
Living Prairie Museum Speaker Series, 7:00-8:30 PM Space is limited. Please call 204-832-0167 to reserve your seat. Admission by donation.
Monday, January 26th
Canada Lynx: Biology and feeding habits of a reclusive cat
Christa Szumski, PhD Candidate Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
Christa Szumski is a Ph.D. candidate studying the diet and ecology of Canada lynx across their range. The reclusive nature of these wild cats makes them particularly challenging to study over large geographic areas. However, Christa has been tapping the rich data source of fur samples, collected in collaboration with fur auction houses and trappers, to uncover new ecological lessons about lynx behaviour. Chemically speaking, you are what you eat. This principle enables scientists to reconstruct animal diets from a few strands of hair and opens novel opportunities for studying wildlife from a distance.
Tuesday, February 10th
A million ways to die: The bizarre and fascinating interactions between parasitoids and their hosts
Miles Zhang, PhD student Dept. of Entomology, University of Manitoba
Parasitoids are a diverse group of insects with life cycles perfect for a horror movie. Learn what it is to be a parasitoid, get an overview of the major groups, and see some of the interesting ways these insects attack their hosts. An entomophile since he was old enough to walk, Miles completed his MSc on the integrative taxonomy of Eurytomidae associated with rose galls at Laurentian University with Dr. Joe Shorthouse. He is currently working on the evolution of Peristenus (Braconidae) with Dr. Barb Sharanowski at the University of Manitoba.
Tuesday, February 24th
Polar bear conservation: What does it mean and why is it important?
Dr. Stephen Petersen Head of Conservation and Research at Assiniboine Park Zoo and the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre
Polar bears are an iconic northern species and important in many ways to the province of Manitoba. In recent years there has been an increase in conservation efforts. How are governments and NGOs, including Assiniboine Park Zoo, working to conserve polar bears? Why is it important to devote time and resources to this cause? Stephen's primary research focus is that of using genetic tools to study and conserve wildlife, but at Assiniboine Park Zoo, his department conducts a variety of research ranging from population genetics of marine mammals, to the incorporation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge into ecological research, to studying the behaviour of captive species.
Tuesday, March 10th
Birding through your kitchen window
Paula Grieef, Resident Naturalist Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
Only 10% of Manitoba birds will stay for the winter. What should you feed them? What books should you have? Do you need binoculars? You'll be ready for backyard birding. Paula Grieef has been the Resident Naturalist at Oak Hammock Marsh for 17 years. She coordinates the management of Centre land in collaboration with Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Province of Manitoba, delivers Natural History workshops, and coordinates all wildlife surveys including bird counts and the songbird bird banding program offered at Oak Hammock.
Tuesday, March 24th
Palaeoethnobotany in Manitoba: Understanding pre-contact people/plant relationships
Sara Halwas, PhD Candidate Dept. of Biological Sciences and Dept. of Anthropology, University of Manitoba
Palaeoethnobotany interprets and analyzes plant remains from archaeological sites (archaeobotanical material) to understand the relationships between people and plants. Learn about this discipline in North America and find out about recent insights in pre-contact people/plant relationships in southern Manitoba. Sara Halwas completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology at the University of Manitoba, followed by a Masters degree in Anthropology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. After a brief foray into the archaeological consulting world, she returned home to pursue an interdisciplinary doctorate in Biological Sciences and Anthropology at the University of Manitoba.
The interpretive center is now closed for the season, but school programs or group activities remain available by appointment. Public hours will resume in April.
Thank you for another great summer!
Admission is Free
The Living Prairie Museum Interpretive Centre opens for the season with the blooming of the
Manitoba's provincial flower. During
Crocus Day, usually the latter weekends in April (weather permitting),
special programs and guided hikes are available to celebrate spring's arrival. The Interpretive Centre has
displays on prairie history and ecology and a second story observation deck that offers a great view of the prairie. Books and wildflower
seeds are available for purchase through our
Print yourself a self guided trail brochure & explore.
May to June - open Sundays only from 10:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
July - August - open daily from 10:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to visit the prairie year-round from dawn until dusk whether or not the Museum Interpretive Centre is open.
Self -guiding trail booklets are available at the front entrance to the