Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie

Where's the tall grass?

Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Within a generation the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4% remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills. The preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. Here the tallgrass prairie takes its last stand.

Features

What a beautiful view of the prairie!

Tour Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

The preserve offers a wide variety of activities and experiences, such as hiking, fishing, education programs, and ranger-led tours. Enjoy the park!

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Children feeding the goat kids

Kids Farm Animal Day and Wagon Rides

Learn what life was like on an 1880s ranch. You can feed the chickens, milk a goat, curry the horse, and grind corn. Earn stickers and certificates.

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Bison

Reminder, Bison Are Wild Animals

West Traps Pasture is the temporary home to the bison herd. Please do not venture into this pasture and obey all signs.

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house

House is Closed for Maintenance

Ranch house remains closed for repairs. A photo flip book located in the visitor center and a cell phone tour at the link below are available.

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Hikers enjoying the trails

Healthy Parks/Healthy People Hikes

The preserve is offering eleven guided hikes to help visitors "get healthy". Call the preserve to reserve your spot today 620-273-8494 (hit 0).

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The Preserve's Windmill Quilt Block

The Preserve is on the Flint Hills Quilt Trail

The preserve is a tour stop on the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail. Our quilt block is posted on the mailbox. Come learn about the historic windmill.

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The Hearthland Network counts plant species

Learn About the Preserve's Natural Resources

The Natural Resource Division works with our partners to monitor the natural environment at the Preserve. Follow the link to learn more.

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Smokey Bear print

Smokey Bear Turned 70 at the Preserve

Check out this link to hear the Smokey Bear song and to see photos of Smokey's 70th birthday party at the preserve.

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bookstore

Eastern National Bookstore at the Preserve

Eastern National has a selection of books covering the tallgrass prairie, cowboys, children's books, and other items to make your visit memorable.

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