• 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 »

School Tours at the Ranch

Kids enjoying a ranger-led school tour

Kids enjoying a ranger-led school tour

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Please call ahead (620-273-8494) for tour availability.

Historic House, Barn, and Trail Tour - 2 hours. Children are divided into groups and led by park rangers on a two-hour tour of the historic house, barn, outbuildings, Southwind Nature Trail, and Lower Fox Creek School. There is no charge for the tour. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance for this activity and can be made by calling the preserve at 620-273-8494. To better serve the children and our visitors, we can only present one school tour per day. Dates fill quickly, so call now to reserve your space. There are still spaces available for this activity.

 
Kids learn about the prairie ecosystem

Kids learn about the prairie ecosystem

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Science Field Trip on the Prairie (NEW) - For grades 5 - 7. This 90 minute curriculum-based field trip explores the principles of science and their application in a prairie environment on the Southwind Nature Trail, just north of the ranch buildings. Students will conduct a miniature scientific experiment and learn about prairie ecosystems through games and activities. A full preview of the curriculum guide can be viewed at this website.

 
cowboy and his horse

Cowboy talking about his horse

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1880s Spring Hill Ranch Community (NEW) - Meet the historic characters of the ranch and learn about their individual responsibilities and daily activities. This 2.5-hour program includes a cowboy saddling his horse, a rock fence builder, one-room school teacher, a ranch woman cooking, and a tour of the 1881 ranch house. Groups rotate stations to the clanging sound of a dinner triangle. Program is best suited for large groups of 100 - 150 students rotating between six different stations.
 

Did You Know?

Grazing cattle at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Cattle can gain up to 2 pounds per day grazing on the prairie grasses of the Flint Hills. The calcium found in the limestone erodes into the soil, making the prairie plants more nutritious for grazing animals. Cattle grazing is still the main agricultural use of the Flint Hills today.