• The setting sun over the Flint Hills casts shadows across the wide expanse of tallgrass prairie.

    Tallgrass Prairie

    National Preserve Kansas

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  • Reminder, Bison Are Wild Animals

    Windmill Pasture is home to the bison herd. They have been quite active in recent weeks. Please stay on the trails and use caution in their vicinity. Do not come in close contact with the bison. Allow at least 100 yards between you and the herd. More »

  • Handicap Parking Available at Visitor Center

    For the next several months, the handicap parking area by the barn is closed until the barn construction project is complete. Handicap parking is available at the Visitor Center.

Lower Fox Creek School Education Day

The park staff has developed a new curriculum-based education program using the Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse as a way for children to experience attending a one-room school during the 1880s. Children wear historic costumes, carry lunches in tin pails (lunches provided by their respective school districts), walk to and from the one-room school through the prairie, and have a day of classroom work, lunch, and recess. School begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. These times may vary according to the participating school time frame. Park staff work with each teacher prior to the field trip, to provide the children with their actual weekly spelling, math, and other lessons as appropriate. The program has become a popular field-trip for the area schools. To provide an authentic experience for the children, we ask that parents do not visit the schoolhouse area.

Several days are set aside in April each year for this new program. There is no charge for this program. Curriculum-based education programs have been developed for 2nd through 4th grade levels in the areas of reading, mathematics, spelling, writing, science, and history. These programs meet the state of Kansas curriculum guide standards and materials may be downloaded from the links below. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

2nd Grade Lesson Plans pdf download 2.3 MB
Cover page for 2nd grade manual pdf download 308 kb

3rd Grade Lesson Plans pdf download 2.4 MB
Cover page for 3rd grade manual pdf download 307 kb

4th Grade Lesson Plans pdf download 3.1 MB
Cover page for 4th grade manual pdf download 308 kb

Upon arrival at the 1882 Lower Fox Creek School, the children line up in front of the schoolhouse to have their photograph taken. As part of the program, a digital copy of this photo is given to the teacher. Class photos are displayed on this website, once all photo releases have been signed.

Class Photos Available for Viewing in PDF

Classical School of Wichita 2010
Lisa Glosson - (392 KB)

Chief Homeschool of Manhattan 2010
Betty Porter (380 KB)

Anita Peterman (390 KB)

Chase County Elementary 2010
Anita Cahoone (418 KB)
Mollie Wold (396 KB)

It is a very active day and the children leave with a better understanding and appreciation for attending school during the 1880s on the Kansas prairie. Come Join the Fun!

Did You Know?

Killdeer at the preserve

Killdeer; like chickens, ducks, and quail; are born with eyes open and can run just moments after birth. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve