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Prairie Grass and Wildflower Sale on This Weekend

By Brian Schultz

Living Prairie Museum, 2795 Ness Avenue

A native prairie grass and wildflower sale will be held this weekend at the Living Prairie Museum.

Beginning today until Sunday, the Prairie Flora Nursery will show the public how to incorporate native prairie plants into their landscaping.

Plants such as the big bluestem, milkweed for monarch butterflies, and the rare Culver’s-root will be available for purchase.

The sale runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at 2795 Ness Avenue, and then from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Further details are available at PrairieFlora.com.

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Spring Break Day Camps Offered at Living Prairie Museum

Spring Break Day Camps Offered at Living Prairie Museum

By Brian Schultz

The Living Prairie Museum is holding spring break day camps next week to occupy the minds of young ones off from school.

Kids will be offered nature exploration activities, and the chance to become detectives to investigate local flora and fauna to find out whether or not spring has sprung. Camps will also include games, crafts and presentations.

The camps are suited for children ages 7 to 10. The daily cost per child is $25 or $20 for members of “Friends of Living Prairie Museum.”

Light snacks are included but children should bring a bag lunch and drink.

Day camps will run Monday March 28 to Thursday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information and to register, call (204) 832-0167.

One Weekend Remaining to Enjoy ‘Snow Trek’

One Weekend Remaining to Enjoy ‘Snow Trek’

There’s one more Sunday left this winter to take part in Snow Trek, the second annual Winter in Motion.

The fun-filled afternoon on February 13 is meant for the entire family to enjoy the outdoors by cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing and winter walking.

Free cross-country ski and snowshoe lessons will be given to beginners, and equipment will be supplied.

Snow Trek runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Living Prairie Museum, 2795 Ness Avenue.

Organizers are also looking for volunteers to help them this weekend. If you’re interested, send an e-mail to Deanna at dbetteridge@wrha.mb.ca.

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New Cross-Country Ski Trail Opens in St. James

Man and woman cross-country skiing

Winter enthusiasts now have another trail to enjoy free cross-country skiing in the city.

The tall grass prairie at the Living Prairie Museum will be groomed each Friday, making it an ideal location for skiers to enjoy the endangered ecosystem, while getting exercise at the same time.

The St. James-area trail can be accessed from the southeast corner of the museum parking lot at 2795 Ness Avenue.

The 1.4 km trail will be open daily from dawn until dusk.

Engage with the Spirit of the Prairies

Engage with the Spirit of the Prairies

By David Klassen

Families looking for something to do on Sunday won’t find a shortage of activities at the Living Prairie Museum.

The museum at 2795 Ness Avenue is holding its 17th Annual Spirit of the Prairie Celebration with live music, square dancing demonstrations, a Red River Cart, sash weaving and prizes.

See what’s happening below:

12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. — Square Dancing demonstration with Portage Youth Steppers
1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Storytelling with Joe McLellan
1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. — “Before the Plough; Harnessing Prairie Resources” Presentation by Philippe Mailhot, Director, Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum
2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. — Guided Prairie Hike with John Morgan of Prairie Habitats and “Sash Dance” with Carol James
2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Storytelling with Joe McLellan
3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Rehabilitated Bird Release with Wildlife Haven
3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Guided Hike/ Square Dancing demonstration/instruction
12 p.m. to 4 p.m. — All-day activities include: sash weaving, demonstrations by the Manitoba Archaeology Society and the Manitoba Living History Society, traditional games, bannock baking, crafts and face painting.

Those wanting to volunteer can call the Living Prairie Museum at 832-0167.

Volunteers Needed for Sunday’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

By David Klassen

THE FULLY FORMED ADULT WEIGHS ABOUT HALF A GRAM. IT IS UNABLE TO GROW ANY LARGER AND WILL NOT MOLT AGAIN. THE PROCESS OF METAMORPHOSIS IS NOW COMPLETE. THERE'S BEEN A TOTAL CHANGE FROM ONE FORM TO ANOTHER. THE LARVA WAS FOR FEEDING ONLY. THE ADULT IS ONLY FOR MATING. MONARCH BUTTERFLY ADULT DANAUS PLEXIPPUS

Volunteers are still needed as the Living Prairie Museum hosts the 3rd Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on Sunday.

A guided prairie hike will kick things off at noon with a naturalist taking visitors on a stroll to show them why Living Prairie Museum is the perfect place for many butterflies.

The rest of the day is scheduled as follows:

12:15 p.m. — Storytelling — Joe McLellan will be reading from his latest children’s story “Nanabosho and the Butterfly”.

1:00 p.m. — Meet a Butterfly Scientist — Join university butterfly research student Jaimee Dupont as she shares her findings from the field.

1:15 p.m. — Second Guided Prairie Hike — Take a stroll with a naturalist and learn why Living Prairie Museum is the perfect place for many butterflies.

2:00 p.m. — “Interpreting the Language of Butterfly Wing Colours” — Join Dr. Jeffrey Marcus for a discussion on the unique and colourful patterns of butterflies.

Storytelling — Joe McLellan will be reading from his latest children’s story “Nanabosho and the Butterfly”.

3:00 p.m. — Butterfly Gardening Workshop — Learn how to create your own butterfly garden using native prairie plants. John Morgan of Prairie Habitats teaches you the tips and tricks to create a backyard butterfly oasis.

Butterfly Boulevard Planting Party — Calling all kids! Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty by helping us plant a butterfly garden on the boulevard!

3:45 p.m. — Butterfly release and Closing Ceremonies — Door prize and colouring contest winners will be announced.
All-day activities include life-cycle displays, crafts, face-painting and activities for all ages.

The Monarch Butterfly Festival runs until 4 p.m. at 2795 Ness Avenue.

Admission to the event is free, but donations will be gladly accepted. For more information or to volunteer, call the museum at 832-0167.

Museum Holding Weekend Eco-Workshops and Plant Sale

By Sarah Klein

If you’re not going anywhere this long weekend, the Living Prairie Museum at 2795 Ness Avenue is holding free eco-workshops on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To celebrate Biodiversity Day, the museum is offering the following lineup on May 22:

10 a.m. — Compost bin-building: Get the dirt on composting and learn how to reuse your old plastic garbage can to make a cheap and easy compost bin. Bring your own can or watch the demo and do it yourself at home.

11 a.m. — Butterfly gardening: Discover how to attract butterflies to your backyard while beautifying your neighborhood and creating much-needed habitat for other wildlife.

12 p.m. — Organic lawn care: Learn how to effectively maintain a beautiful lawn without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, why those chemicals are harmful and get some ideas for lawn alternatives.

1 p.m. — Rain barrel building: Turn your old trash-can into a water-conserving treasure and learn how you can save water around the house. Bring your old can or watch the demo, pick-up a kit, and do it yourself at home.

2 p.m. — Compost bin building: Get the dirt on composting and learn how to reuse your old plastic garbage can to make a cheap and easy compost bin. Bring your own can or watch the demo and do it yourself at home.

The Living Prairie Museum will also hold a native prairie plant sale throughout the weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Workshops Offered on Native Prairie Planting

By Tyler Sutherland

The Living Prairie Museum will begin hosting Native Prairie Planting Workshops today.

John Morgan of Prairie Habitats will lead the workshops and is a veteran of prairie planting and restoration. Participants will learn everything they need to know about having native prairie plants in their home or landscape design. A discussion, presentation and wildflower seed-planting demonstration will also be included.

Workshop schedule:
Thursday, April 29th, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 4th, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 15th, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 26th, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Registration is $35 for museum members, and $40 for non-members. To register call 832-0167.

Living Prairie Museum is located at 2795 Ness Avenue.

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