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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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Snowshoe Sundays

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

Our first event will take place Sunday, January 8th, then continue on the first and last Sunday of the month from January to March, weather permitting, 10 AM to 4 PM.

Snowshoes are lent out on a first come, first served basis.

Questions? Call 204-832-0167

*Due to a limited number of snowshoes, we cannot accommodate daycares, schools groups etc. Please call us to book a snowshoe program!

Friends of the Living Prairie Museum Winter Speaker Series

Join us for our Winter Speaker Series! Our series features research taking place in Manitoba's natural habitats. We're very excited to host this new line-up of fascinating presenters.

Presentations take place on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Admission is free, however donations are gladly accepted.

Space is limited so please call to save your seats two weeks before the presentation. Members of the Friends of the Living Prairie Museum may register at any time.

Be sure to find us on Facebook and twitter @livingprairie for updates!

* Session Full * January 24th - Making the most of your edible backyard.

Laura Reeves - Prairie Shore Botanicals, and author of Laura Reeves' Guide to Useful Plants.

When considering the ecological footprint of our food, nothing is more sustainable than harvesting wild plants from our own backyards. Find out what vegetative treasures are right under your nose and learn how to harvest them in ways that will benefit you, the plants and your local environment.

* Session Full * February 7th - Standing Medicine People hidden in the tall grass prairie.

David Daniels - Ojibway Elder, medicinal plant expert

A wealth of botanical knowledge, Mr. Daniels has studied ethnobotany at the University of Brandon and has learned the traditional teachings of his grandparents. Find out about the traditional Ojibway medicines (mush-ki-ki) hiding in our prairies, and how these medicines are still being used today.

February 21st - Food web interactions at the edge of the Arctic: Foxes and lemmings in northern Manitoba.

Dr. James Roth - Associate Professor, University of Manitoba

Dr. Roth's lab studies interactions among Arctic foxes and their prey near Churchill, Manitoba, on the west edge of Hudson Bay, where boreal forest transitions to Arctic tundra. This site is near the southern edge of many Arctic species' distributions, where the impact of climate change is likely to be large. Arctic foxes are important predators on lemmings, seals, and migratory birds and changing environmental conditions may affect the way these species interact, which are sometimes counter-intuitive.

March 7th - Snow Buntings without snow: The costs of being a cold-climate specialist in a warming world.

Dr. Emily McKinnon - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Windsor

Snow Buntings are the world's most northern breeding songbird, and they spend their winters at home on the windswept prairies of southern Canada and the northern US. But climate change is rapidly affecting northern ecosystems by warming the Arctic, and causing warmer temperate winters. Snow Buntings roam extensively over the landscape during the winter. Can they keep cool by moving northwards, or are there costs to being a nomad? We are using an automated radio-telemetry system to determine what drives winter movements of buntings and how they might respond to warmer winters.

March 21st - Endangered and threatened butterflies in Manitoba.

Dr. Richard Westwood - Dept. of Biology and Dept. of Environmental Studies, University of Winnipeg.

There are several endangered and threatened butterflies in Manitoba which many people are unaware of. We learn about their biology and habitat preferences and the ongoing efforts to protect these species. The presentation will highlight the activities of organizations and dedicated individuals working to prevent the disappearance of these butterflies in Manitoba.

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.
September - Thanksgiving - 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.

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