Registration now open for Living Prairie Museum Winter Speaker Series

Hiking, monarchs, and native plants among topics covered in virtual sessions

The Living Prairie Museum in winter.
The Living Prairie Museum in winter.

Are you wondering where to go winter hiking or how to pick mushrooms? Consider signing up for one of the free sessions as part of the Living Prairie Museum Winter Speaker Series.

“The Winter Speaker Series sessions are a fun and fascinating way to stay engaged and beat the winter blues while learning about nature,” said Cameron Ruml, Curator of the Living Prairie Museum.

The sessions are offered for free by the Friends of the Living Prairie Museum and run every second Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting on January 24. Registration opens two weeks prior to each event.

The series is hosted by the Friends of the Living Prairie Museum over Zoom.

  • January 24 - Exploring Manitoba's Winter Wilderness: Hiking Tips and Trails, presented by Jaime Manness, founder of Hike Manitoba.
  • February 7 – Mission Monarch – A Community Science Program for Monarch Conservation in Canada – Agathe Moreau, Education Coordinator at Mission Monarch.
  • February 21 – The Fungus Among Us: Manitoba’s Fungal Diversity presented by Dr. Diana Bizecki Robson, Curator of Botany at the Manitoba Museum.
  • March 7 – An Ecological Approach to Planting Native Species with expert ecologist John Morgan, owner of Prairie Habitats Inc.
  • March 21 – Native Plants for Native Lawns - Ash Burkowski, expert native plants grower and Chair of the Friends of the Living Prairie Museum.

The museum will also be hosting Snowshoe Sundays again this winter. They start January 15 and runs every Sunday through the end February  from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. No experience is necessary and snowshoes are loaned out for free on a first come, first served basis. Just make sure to bring winter boots. You can also sit by the fire or visit the interpretive centre. Snowshoeing depends on having enough snow, so check first to confirm the conditions are suitable. If you'd rather book a group outing, call 204-832-0167 in advance.

While the Living Prairie Museum Interpretive Centre is open by appointment only for educational programming, the outdoor self-guided trails and cross-country ski paths are open and free to explore daily from dawn until dusk. Visitors should stay on the trails and dog owners are reminded that the preserve is on-leash only, and to pick up after their pooches. (Manuel sur les sentiers autoguidés)

Kids can also print off the Living Prairie Museum colouring book for an interactive way to learn more about creatures living on the prairie.

Originally posted on February 4, 2021

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