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  • Fort la Reine Museum 2652 Trans-Canada Hwy 1A Southport, MB, R0H 1N1 Canada (map)

Learn & Create with us Wednesday evenings.. We've invited expert guests to engage you on a variety of topics. Check the museum site for topic listings soon. Opportunities to explore the museum, have refreshments, socialize, and then make or do something you've learned. Can't wait to meet-u! 


John has an Honours degree in Zoology/Ecology and a Master's in Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba.  With his wife Carol, John is co-owner and president of Prairie Habitats Inc., Canada's first prairie restoration company at Argyle. He has had 38 years of experience as an ecologist on the Canadian prairies and in the high Arctic islands.  Much of his work has focused on conserving wildlife habitat, especially endangered native prairies.  John helped set up Manitoba's Tall Grass Prairie Preserve in southeastern Manitoba.   He has conducted several major research projects on prairie inventory, restoration and management.  He and colleagues Doug Collicutt and Jackie Thompson produced a manual on prairie restoration for landowners and conservation agenciesRestoring Canada's Native Prairies in 1995.  It was first book of its kind in Canada.  John also wrote a chapter in a 1997 book entitled The Tallgrass Restoration Handbookpublished by Island Press/Society for Ecological Restoration, Washington, DC.

Prairie Habitats Inc. has pioneered the development of techniques and equipment used by restorationists.  Prairie Habitats Inc.’s patented native seed harvesters are in use in 42 countries around the world, helping people conserve local native seed stocks.   A veteran of many native prairie restoration projects on school, public, private and corporate lands, he believes in conservation by doing.  His main goals are to ensure native prairie ecosystems are preserved and well managed, plus to integrate native species into urban and rural landscapes.  John is in great demand as a consultant, writer and speaker, having made numerous presentations on native prairie landscaping, ecology and restoration across Canada and the US. He teaches a regular series of courses at Winnipeg's Living Prairie Museum on Landscaping with native Manitoba plants.

*Members are free
Museum admission: $10 Adults | $8 Students/Seniors | $5 Child (5-12) | $25 Family