City of Winnipeg Museums Board

The Living Prairie Museum is a 13 hectare tall grass prairie preserve in Winnipeg. Set aside in 1968, the preserve features more than 150 different grass and wildflower species and an array of prairie wildlife in their natural habitat.  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.  On the museum site is an interpretive centre which houses a gallery, office & administrative space for museum staff, bookstore/gift shop, and an observation deck with an excellent view of the grass prairie preserve.  The interpretive centre opens annually with the blooming of Manitoba's provincial flower, the prairie crocus and remains open until mid September. Throughout the summer, museum staff are available for guided hikes and environmental educational programs for youth. Everyone is welcome to go for a hike on the museum's self guided trail year-round from dawn until dusk.