An area of The Forks was discovered to contain valuable archaeological resources, and has been retained as a permanent preserve for future research, public archaeology activities and display. This preserve was seen as an ideal site for displaying the richness and variety of the native tall grass prairie. Over the past 14 years a relatively small prairie planting has grown into a 2000 square meter meadow of native grasses and flowers.
In 2001 the Nature Conservancy of Canada confirmed funding for further development of the Prairie Garden, and agreed to sponsor installation of interpretive elements which would introduce visitors to the beauties of the native landscape and to the larger-scale ecological preserves located in Southern Manitoba.
An interpretive structure supports interactive and graphic displays of the tall grass prairie and reflects the prairie ecosystem in two important ways: it touches the ground lightly with slender structural features, not unlike the tall grasses; and is designed to weather in response to the prairie climate. A boardwalk extends into the middle of the prairie garden allowing visitors to experience the tall grass prairie without harming it.
The Prairie Garden project was recognized with an Award of Merit at the 2005 Prairie Design Awards.