• The setting sun over the Flint Hills casts shadows across the wide expanse of tallgrass prairie.

    Tallgrass Prairie

    National Preserve Kansas

New Visitor Center

information kiosk

Welcome kiosk outside the visitor center

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When you reach the site, turn left into our new parking area to begin your visit. Outside the center, an information kiosk welcomes you to the site. Beyond this is an orientation map that lets you feel the terrain of the historic ranch site.

The new facility has restrooms, water fountains, a short orientation film, Jr. Ranger activities, exhibits, and friendly rangers to help make your experience a good one. Welcome everyone.

Visitor Center Dedication and Celebration Event

Visitor Center Green Features Press Release

 
tactile mural in breezeway of visitor center

Seasons mural with tactile elements

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After entering the breezeway of the new facility, the visitor center is located on the left with the entry way at the back. This photo depicts a painted mural with the four seasons of the prairie and tactile elements ready for your discovery. See Operating Hours and Seasons page for schedule. Come inside for a peak at the exhibits.

 
soil core exhibit inside the breezeway

Breezeway between the visitor center and administration offices with soil core exhibit

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Enjoy a nice breeze, benches, and soil core exhibit, while looking out over the prairie and waiting for one of our bus tours. When available, bus tours leave from the new visitor center. Reservations for the bus tours are available inside at the information desk. Visit the Bus Tour page for schedule.

 
prairie grass species

Learn more about the tallgrass prairie species outside the visitor center with examples of big bluestem, little bluestem, Indian grass, butterfly milkweed, and more.

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