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.


What a beautiful view of the prairie!

Tour Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

The preserve offers many activities and experiences, such as hiking, fishing, education programs, and prairie bus tours. Call 620-273-8494 (hit 0).

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historic music being played

Special Holiday Event is Rescheduled

Due to the unsafe, icy conditions, the special event is being rescheduled for a date in December. Check back soon for updates. Be safe.

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Reminder, Bison Are Wild Animals

Bison are wild animals and will defend themselves when threatened. Please keep 100 yards between you and the bison, about the size of a football field

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artist painting the prairie

New Artist in Non-Residency Program

Complete an application by Nov. 30, 2015 for a new artist program at the preserve. Visit for more details.

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kids earning junior ranger badges

Every Kid in a Park Program

Fourth graders can earn a free pass to visit public lands with their families! Complete a fun activity to get your pass and start exploring.

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Ranger Toby with Elizabeth and Cole

Follow the Switchback Kids!

Imagine taking a year off and visiting 59 National Parks. That's what these two incredible people are doing. Follow along with them via their blog.

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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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