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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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New this summer: free family programming in the Assiniboine Forest every Tuesday in July and August.

JULY 21 Hooray for Habitats! Discover the diverse habitats found along the Sagimay trail. Programs will run from 11 am until 12:15 pm.

JULY 28 Cold-blooded Buddies- Find out who's hopping and slithering about in the forest and discover the reptiles and amphibians of Manitoba.

AUGUST 4 Squeaks, peeps, and little deer bleats- Learn the noises in nature and why critters call.

AUGUST 11 Forest finders- Join us for the best nature scavenger hunt in the city.

AUGUST 18 Wild about wetlands- Come critter dipping and explore the life living in and around the Eve Werier pond.

AUGUST 25 Treemendous Trees- Meet our grandest photosynthesizing friends, the trees of Assiniboine Forest.

Please register in advance: ph 204 832-0167 email Programs are suitable for children ages 4-12.

Meet at the Grant and Chalfont parking lot.

Summer Theme Days

Join us for free family theme days every Thursday in July and August. Programs offer fun, educational presentations and activities related to prairie habitat.
Theme day programs are suitable for children 4 to 10 years of age.

Choose from one of three sessions:
10 am -11:00 am; 12:00 - 1:00 pm; and 2:00 - 3:00pm.

July 9: Bison Biography
July 16: Marvelous Monarchs
July 23: Call of the Wild
July 30: Beautiful Bumble Bees
August 6: Going Batty
August 13: Paws and Claws
August 20: The Incredible Edible Prairie

Register up to one week in advance by calling 204 832-0167. Space is limited so register early.
Members of the Friends of Living Prairie Museum can register at any time.

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.

Modified:  Monday, June 15, 2015  Top

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