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Welcome to Living Prairie Museum

The Living Prairie Museum is a 12 hectare (30 acre) tall grass prairie preserve located inside the City of Winnipeg. Set aside in 1968, this preserve is home ot 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. Download a copy of our Environmental Education Brochure.

Attention to Pet Owners

A reminder this is an On-Leash Park, please remember to clean up after your pets.

Living Prairie Museum News

Snowshoe Sundays

Join us for free, family snowshoeing!* No experience required, and we provide the snowshoes.

Due to a lack of snow, our first event will take place Sunday, January 12th, continuing on the first and last Sunday of the month from January to February, 10 AM to 4 PM.

Snowshoes are lent out on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to wear winter boots!

*Due to a limited number of snowshoes, we cannot accommodate daycares, school groups, or large outings on Snowshoe Sundays. Please call us to book a snowshoe program for your group.


Winter Speaker Series

The Friends of the Living Prairie Museum Winter Speaker Series takes place every other Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, from January to March.

General registration begins on January 2nd. Friends of the Living Prairie Museum members may register in advance for all dates. Non-members may register two weeks before each event. Space is limited, so please call the museum to save your seats.

Membership information can be found at www.friendsoflivingprairie.org.

January 14th - Building roots to restore northern prairie ecosystems.

Dr. Rafael Otfinowski and Victory Coffey - Dept. of Biology, University of Winnipeg

Changes in climate and human land uses threaten grasslands around the world. Evaluating grassland restoration has focused on plant communities above-ground, but interactions below-ground are emerging as key to the success of prairie restoration. Our projects relate changes in the roots of plants in restored prairies with the structure and function of communities of soil nematodes. Information about how roots are built and distributed in soil can help explain changes in plant and soil communities. We hope that our findings can be used to help guide prairie restoration projects.

January 28th - Mommy Deer-est: A newborn's cry transcends species.

Dr. Susan Lingle - Dept. of Biology, University of Winnipeg

How similar is the cry of a newborn deer, bat, or human? Do these sounds share a common evolutionary heritage? Come visit deer living on the prairie grasslands in southern Alberta to explore these questions.

February 11th - Who are the Métis?

Dr. Fred Shore - Dept. of Native Studies, University of Manitoba

Many people think the Métis identify as a "mix" of European and First Nation cultures. In fact, the Métis are a complex grouping of people who did not come into existence just because one parent was First Nation and the other European. To understand the modern Métis identity, we have to go back to their origins while trying to avoid biological concepts.

February 25th - Coexisting with Coyotes.

Pauline Bloom - Wildlife & Fisheries Branch, Government of Manitoba

Coyotes have an increasing presence in urban areas across North America, including here in Manitoba. Coyotes have adapted to living amongst people and now people must learn how to coexist with coyotes. This talk helps to explain why people have conflicts with coyotes, what actions people can take to reduce the risk of conflicts with coyotes, and how to respond appropriately in a coyote encounter.

March 10th - Poweshiek Skipperling: Prairie butterfly on the brink.

Laura Burns - Assiniboine Park Zoo

Poweshiek Skipperling is one of the rarest and most endangered animals on the planet, and most people don't know it lives in Manitoba! Learn about this tiny, fascinating butterfly and the efforts underway to save it from extinction.

Admission is free
Living Prairie Museum

The Living Prairie Museum Interpretive Centre opens for the season with the blooming of the Prairie Crocus, Manitoba's provincial flower. 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 your self 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.

September - open Sundays only 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.

For more information regarding history, videos, and herbarium, please visit www.livingprairie.org

To become a Friend of the Living Prairie Museum, please visit www.friendsoflivingprairie.org

For a walk through the prairie past, including historical photography, please visit www.virtualmuseum.ca/virtual-exhibits/exhibit/a-walk-through-the-prairie-past-the-history-of-the-living-prairie-museum/


Last update: December 11, 2019
Contact the Public Works Department
General Office Hours
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday
1155 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3P1

Phone, Fax, Email: 311