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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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Prairie Planting Workshops


Increase biodiversity in your backyard! Learn everything you need to know about native prairie plants; how they can be included in your landscape design and why using native plant material is so important from a conservation perspective.

The workshop includes a presentation, discussion, and wildflower seed planting demonstration.

Starter seeds will be available on site!

Call us to register for one of the following dates:

Sunday, March 29th, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Saturday, April 11th, 10:00 to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, April 21st, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Thursday, April 30th, 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Course fee is $30, with a $10 discount for Friends of the Living Prairie Museum members.

**CANCELLED**March 8: Snowshoe Sunday


Want to give snowshoeing a try? Looking for a nice day outside with family and friends? Join us for free snowshoeing from 10:00-5:00 pm. Snowshoes provided!


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.

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.


Fall-Winter Hours


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 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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