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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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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.

Monarch Butterfly Festival Photo Contest


We want to see how you're using native species to create butterfly habitat!

Post a photo of your habitat on twitter @livingprairie or our facebook page with #LPMphotocontest. Deadline for submissions is July 18th, 2015. The winner will be selected during our Monarch Butterfly Festival on July 19th. We have some great prizes in the works, so enter your photo to win!*

*Prizes available for Winnipeg residents, but all photos welcome!

Monarch Butterfly Festival


Join us Sunday, July 19, 12:00 - 4:00 pm for free, family fun!

The 9th annual Monarch Butterfly Festival encourages conservation and education through hands-on learning. Make your own monarch wings, map your milkweed, and plant a prairie in a pot. Learn about butterfly habitat with guided hikes through the preserve, bring a t-shirt to make a one-of-a-kind souvenir, and take a free milkweed plant to create habitat at home.

We're very pleased to have experts from the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the University of Manitoba, and Prairie Habitats Inc. to teach us about butterfly biology and conservation. Author Simone Hebert Allard will be signing copies of her book: Manitoba Butterflies.

See a variety of live butterflies on display, as well as examples of endangered species. There will also be a live plant sale with Prairie Flora!

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact the museum. Follow us on twitter @livingprairie or on facebook for news and updates.

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 www.ecoexploremb.com 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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