• 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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    Bison have recently exhibited some aggressive behavior. Hikers are alerted. Hiking is still available with alternate trails around Windmill Pasture. If hiking through the pasture, please stay at least 100 yards away from the bison or turn around. 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?

The ranch house at the Spring Hill Ranch is made of limestone blocks.

The limestone blocks used to build the historic house, barn, and outbuildings weigh over 160 pounds per cubic foot. Limestone was quarried locally, faced or quoined, then brought to the ranch for building purposes. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve