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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, click here.

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Free guided hikes at Assiniboine Forest

Every Wednesday until September, naturalists will be giving free hikes at the Assiniboine Forest. Hikes run from 11 to 12 and depart from the Chalfont and Grant.

The hike is free, but we do ask that you sign up in advance by calling 204-832-0167.



Join us TODAY Sunday, July 13 from noon to 4pm!

The Monarch Butterfly Festival encourages butterfly conservation through education and activities. The event is fun for the whole family, and admission is free.

Enjoy crafts and face painting, live butterfly displays, and storytelling with author Joe McLellan. Learn about pollinating insects from local scientists, experience the prairie by taking a guided hike, and bring a t-shirt to make a one-of-a-kind festival souvenir.

If you missed our prairie plant sale, Prairie Flora will be back to help you start your own butterfly garden!

Parking will be available at the Good News Mennonite Church, 2764 Ness Ave.

For more information on this event, or to volunteer, please contact the Living Prairie Museum.


12:00 Event opens
12:15 Dr. Terry Galloway Ectoparasites of Grassland Birds
1:00 Joe McLellan, Storyteller Nanabosho and the Butterflies
1:45 Dr. Diana Robson Communing With Invertebrates: What Ive Learned About Prairie Pollination
2:30 Melanie Scallion Moths and Butterflies: Masters of Disguise
3:15 Kyle Lucyk *Located in the Butterfly Garden* Gardening for Butterflies
1:00 and 2:15 Guided Hikes
3:45 Closing remarks and butterfly release

All day: Make your own butterfly wings, antennae, and butterfly lifecycle. Face painting and silk screening, too! Indoor insect displays and refreshments.


LPM will be holding free family theme days every Thursday in July and August for children 4 to 10 years of age. The theme will be different each week and activities may include crafts, hikes, games, presentations and storytelling. LPM is now offering three sessions, from 10-11:00 a.m., 12-1:00 p.m., and 2-3:00 p.m.
For more information, or to register your child, please call 204-832-0167. Space is limited so be sure to register one week in advance. Daycares can book theme day programs for a small fee.

July 3: Fabulous Fungi
July 10: Bison Bonanza
July 17: Superheroes of the Prairies
July 24: Marvelous Moths (part of National Moth Week!)
July 31: Colours of the Prairie
August 7: Master Chef Manitoba
Aug 14: The Bone Zone
Aug 21: Raptors
Aug 28: Prairie Plant Medicine

Admission is Free

The Living Prairie Museum Interpretive Centre opens for the season with the blooming of the Prairie Crocus, 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 Prairie Bookstore.

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.

The Interpretive Centre is located at:

2795 Ness Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3J 3S4
Phone: 204-832-0167
Fax: 311
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 Interpretive Centre.

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