School Tours at the Ranch
Kids enjoying a ranger-led school tour
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.
Science Field Trip on the Prairie (NEW)
Kids learn about the prairie ecosystem
- 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.
1880s Spring Hill Ranch Community (NEW)
Cowboy talking about his horse
- 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.