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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Making cider at the harvest festival

Prairie Harvest Festival

Come on October 10th and enjoy a day of fall harvest activities - cider making, kid's pumpkin carving, historic cooking, barn dance, and wagon rides.

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fall wildflowers

Preserve will be Open Columbus Day

The preserve visitor center and buildings will be open for the holiday on October 12th. Come on out and enjoy the wonderful weather.

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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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Reminder, Bison Are Wild Animals

The bison are back home in their Windmill Pasture. Please keep 100 yards between you and the bison, roughly the size of a football field. Be safe.

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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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