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Welcome to Living Prairie Museum

Living Prairie Museum is a unique urban nature preserve that protects endangered tall grass prairie. The site has walking trails and an interpretive centre. Events and education programs are held year-round.

About Tall Grass Prairie

Prior to European settlement, tall grass prairie covered more than 1 million square kilometers in central North America, stretching from Texas to southern Manitoba. Today, this habitat is all but gone - only 1 percent of the original tall grass prairie remains. The Living Prairie Museum is one of the few remaining fragments of this once vast ecosystem.

The Living Prairie Museum has 13 hectares of tall-grass prairie. Set aside in 1968, the preserve is home to more than 150 different grass and wildflower species and an array of prairie wildlife.

Upcoming Events

16th Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival

Join us on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Monarch Butterfly Festival celebrates our butterfly friends with activities and fun. The event is great for the whole family, and admission is free.

Enjoy crafts, live butterfly displays, and our milkweed plant giveaway. Learn about pollinating insects from local scientists, experience the prairie by taking a guided hike, and take part in hands-on activities. Prairie Flora plant sale will be back to help you start your own butterfly garden. There will also be displays and activities from several partners, so you can learn more about butterflies in Manitoba.

For more information on this event, or to volunteer, please contact the Living Prairie Museum.

Friends of the Living Prairie Museum – Spring Speaker

Native Plants for Native Lawns

Ash Burkowski, Friends of the Living Prairie Museum
Wednesday, May 8, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Postponed, new date to be announced soon

In-person and virtual
There will be live ASL interpretation for this event.

Say goodbye to high-maintenance, non-native grass lawns and hello to a beautiful, sustainable native garden! Join Ash Burkowski, local native plant expert and avid gardener, for an updated presentation highlighting low-growing and mowable native species while sharing practical techniques for creating a stunning and eco-friendly yard.

Pop-up Prairie Plant Sales!

Ready to add some biodiversity to your back yard? Prairie Flora Greenhouse will be at the Living Prairie Museum in May with live native prairie grasses and wildflowers for sale. Select from a variety of native wildflowers and grasses to create your piece of prairie heritage!

Prairie Flora also accepts pre-orders for pick-up.

Visit prairieflora.com for more information and to browse available stock.

  • Friday, May 17 - 3:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday May 18 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday May 19- 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday May 26 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday June 23 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visiting Living Prairie Museum

Self-Guided Trails

Our self-guided trails are open from dawn until dusk. The trail system is an opportunity to see and learn about some of the most endangered habitat in the world.

Trails are woodchipped and are of various widths.

Please stay on the designated paths during your visit. This is an on-leash park – please clean up after your pets.

Self-Guided Trail Booklets are available at the Museum or HERE

Interpretive Centre Hours

May and June – Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July and August – Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

September – Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Outside of public hours, please call to make an appointment.

Living Prairie Museum Medicine Garden

As part of our commitment to reconciliation, a medicine garden has been planted in collaboration with the Living Prairie Museum, Indigenous Relations Division, and a local Indigenous Elder. The garden features sage and sweetgrass, two of the four Sacred Medicines which naturally occur in the tall grass prairie.

The medicine garden is located in the nature park west of the preserve at the north end of Prairie View Road at Ness Avenue. It can be harvested by the public during the summer, but care and attention are needed to maintain the garden. Only harvest what is needed, taking only the leaves and leaving roots and seeds to allow the plants to regenerate between harvests.

It is good practice to consult with an Elder to learn more on the harvest and use of sacred medicines.

More information on the Directional Teachings and the Four Sacred Medicines, as shared by Elder Carolyn Moar.

Environmental Education Programs

Living Prairie Museum offers in-person environmental education programs. Please contact us by phone or email to discuss your booking.

More information

Location and contact information

The Interpretive Centre is located at:

2795 Ness Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 3S4
Phone: 204-832-0167
Email: prairie@winnipeg.ca
Fax: 311

Living Prairie Museum can be reached by car, by active transportation on the Yellow Ribbon Greenway, and on the #24, #25, #83 bus routes.


Last update: June 13, 2024
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