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

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Prescribed Fire

The Preserve is in Prescribed Fire Season

The preserve is now in prescribed fire season and runs through April. Trails may be closed at a moment's notice. Please Do Not go beyond posted signs.

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man talking about American Indian cradle board

People of the Prairie Presentation

Come to the preserve on Saturday, February 13 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and learn about Osage culture through beaded clothing and song.

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Kids pose for a photo during a field trip to the preserve

Art and Essay Contest for 4th Graders

Students may submit an essay or artwork answering the question, "Why is it important to protect the prairie, our history, and all National Parks?"

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Bison

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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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 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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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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