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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.

Living Prairie Museum News

Winter Speaker Series

Join us for our Winter Speaker Series! Our series features research taking place in Manitoba's natural habitats. We're very excited to host presenters from the University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Presentations take place on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Admission is free, however donations are gladly accepted. Space is limited so please call in advance to save your seats. We will start taking reservations in late December.

Be sure to find us on Facebook and twitter @livingprairie for updates!

January 19th

Understanding and protecting Canada's endangered bats.

Dr. Craig Willis, University of Winnipeg

With new species of bats recently added to Canada's endangered species list, it is more important than ever to understand bat biology and conservation. The Willis Bat Lab uses physiological studies to learn how bats decide where to live, when to be active and inactive, and how to maintain a balance between energy intake and expenditure. See how this research is being applied to our local species.

February 2nd

Building a better "barcode of life" at the Living Prairie Museum.

Dr. Jeffrey Marcus, University of Manitoba

Over the summer of 2015, Dr. Marcus and his crew of students collected day and night flying insects at Living Prairie Museum. The specimens will be identified using short sequences of DNA called barcodes. Barcodes are usually 650 bases (or DNA letters) long, but Dr. Marcus and his students will be working to increase the size to 15 000 bases, greatly improving the reliability of identifications. Join us to learn more about this exciting research.

February 16th

With a little help from their friends: Reliable information in Richardson's ground squirrel alarm calls.

Dr. James Hare, University of Manitoba

Alarm vocalizations of ground squirrels warn colony members of the presence of predators. Over the last two decades, Dr. Hare and his students have documented the ways in which Richardson's ground squirrels (Urocitellus richardsonii) produce and respond to alarm vocalizations, gaining valuable insight into the rich information content of the calls. Learn how ground squirrels and prairie dogs integrate information from multiple signalers to tackle potential predatory threats.

March 1st

The not so Common Cattail: How this wetland plant is being used for bioenergy in Manitoba.

Karla Zubrycki and Dr. Richard Grosshans, International Institute for Sustainable Development

For more than ten years, IISD has been researching how the common wetland plant, cattail (Typha) can be sustainably harvested from the environment and turned into value-added bioenergy fuel products. In 2015, IISD and industry partners reached commercial-scale production of mixed fuel pellets. Learn how these pellets are being tested and used in residential pellet stoves, including the one in our interpretive centre.

March 15th

If we build it, will they come? Conservation of grassland birds and their habitats.

Dr. Nicola Koper, National Resources Institute, University of Manitoba

Grassland songbird populations have declined dramatically over the last few decades, partly due to habitat loss and fragmentation. However, the presence of suitable habitat may not be enough for some species. Dr. Koper will talk about some of her research on grassland songbird conservation, conducted at the Living Prairie Museum and other grasslands in Manitoba.

Eco Explore Manitoba

You can become an Eco Explorer by visiting the Living Prairie Museum!

Eco Explore Manitoba encourages everyone to show their love for the environment. Snap a selfie at three different Eco Explorer sites, post them on Instagram with #ecoexploremb, and receive your title as a Manitoba Eco Explorer. You'll also be eligible to win a prize package.

Take a selfie with our bison rubbing stone to enter!

You can visit for more details and photos. Happy exploring!

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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