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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.

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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.

Our first event will take place Sunday, January 6th, then continue on the first and last Sunday of the month from January to February, weather permitting, 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 etc. Please call us to book a snowshoe program for your group.


Winter Speaker Series

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

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 the event. Space is limited, so please call the museum to save your seats.

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

January 15th - Rarest of the Rare: Manitoba's Endangered Plants
Dr. Diana Bizecki Robson - Curator of Botany, Manitoba Museum
The term endangered species conjures up images of majestic mammals and colourful orchids in remote places of the world. But Manitoba also has rare species, although they are not always what you would expect. Dr. Bizecki Robson will talk about her years studying the rarest plants of Manitoba. Her research on the pollinators of the rare Western Silvery Aster and Hairy Prairie-clover plants will be highlighted as well as her recent documentation of a new species of Canadian water-lily. You will come away with a new appreciation of the plant world and the intricate ties that bind species together.
 
January 29th - Discovering the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail
Peggy Bainard Acheson and Richard Reeves - Debwendon Inc.
The Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail was officially opened in June 2016. A joint project of the Manitoba Government and Debwendon Inc., a non-profit, this calcareous fen is rich with rare flora and fauna and is of great significance to the local Ojibway people. A local treasure, it is hoped that all Manitobans will venture out and discover this stunning and accessible trail and boardwalk.
 
February 12th - Living with White-tailed Deer
Kevin Land - Naturalist Services Branch
Winnipeg's large white-tailed deer population is both loved and loathed by the city's human residents. Learn more about the biology and behaviour of white-tailed deer and how to avoid coming in to conflict with these urban ungulates.
 
February 26th - Up Close and Personal with Owls and Owl Research in Manitoba
Dr. Jim Duncan - Discover Owls
Come out and get up close and personal with owls... and learn about Manitoba's legacy of owl research with biologist and world owl expert Jim Duncan. Using a variety of media, personal owl impressions, owl parts, and one of Jim's live owl sidekicks, Jim will introduce you to the mysterious lives of these largely nocturnal creatures. Bring your camera or video camera and try to capture a live owl flying over your head. The honararium from Living Prairie Museum for this presentation goes to support owl conservation and research in Manitoba
 
March 12th - Discovering Mushrooms
Donna Rae Kurt - WILDS of Manitoba
Donna Kurt has been studying mushrooms and ethnobotany at the University of Winnipeg, while also participating in and leading canoeing and nature trips for various organizations over the last 30 years. In addition to mushroom identification and photographs, Donna shares medicinal, culinary, and other aspects of various fungi found in our area.
 
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, 2018
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