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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.

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

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Volunteer Seed Collecting

Join us for the opportunity to collect prairie seeds. Seed collecting is very important for our propagation efforts - it ensures that we maintain genetic diversity in our restorations and seed plots. This is also a great opportunity to start a little prairie of your own, as you have the option of keeping a portion of the seeds you collect.

We review sustainable harvesting practices, and help you learn some target species.

Please call to register, and remember to leave a phone number in case plans change due to weather.

Sunday, September 17, 11:00 AM - Living Prairie Museum. Meet at the interpretive centre.

Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 PM - Living Prairie Museum. Meet at the interpretive centre.

Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 PM - Little Mountain Park. Meet in the north parking lot in the middle of Farmer Ave.

Thursday, October 5, 6:00 PM - Assiniboine Forest. Meet in the lot at Chalfont and Grant.

Tuesday, October 10, 6:00 PM - Little Mountain Park. Meet in the north parking lot in the middle of Farmer Ave.

Adventure through Winnipeg with a Heritage Passport!

The 8 Winnipeg civic museums have joined together to offer an exciting adventure through Winnipeg's Heritage. The "I ❤ Our Heritage" Pass is your passport to Winnipeg's diverse heritage. Visit all 8 museums, get your passport stamped and be entered to WIN prizes!

How it works:

  • Pick up your free "I ❤ Our Heritage" passport from any of the 8 civic museums.
  • Visit all 8 civic museums and get your passport stamped between May 27th and September 2nd.
  • Once your passport is full, fill out the entry form on the bottom and leave it at your last location. All museums will have entry boxes.
  • Draw will be made on September 16th.

Where to get a passport:

  • Transcona Museum, 141 Regent Ave W.
  • Le Musee de Saint-Boniface Museum, 494 Tache Ave
  • Seven Oaks House Museum, 50 Mac St.
  • Winnipeg Police Museum, 245 Smith Street
  • Ross House Museum, 140 Meade St. N.
  • The Living Prairie Museum, 2795 Ness Ave
  • Historical Museum of St. James, 3180 Portage Ave
  • Grant's Old Mill, 2777 Portage Ave

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.

For more information regarding history, videos, and herbarium, please visit

To become a Friend of the Living Praire Museum, please visit

For a walk through the prairie past, including historical photography,
please visit

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