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

    Tallgrass Prairie

    National Preserve Kansas

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  • Reminder, Bison Are Wild Animals

    Windmill Pasture is home to the bison herd. They have been quite active in recent weeks. Please stay on the trails and use caution in their vicinity. Do not come in close contact with the bison. Allow at least 100 yards between you and the herd. More »

  • Handicap Parking Available at Visitor Center

    For the next several months, the handicap parking area by the barn is closed until the barn construction project is complete. Handicap parking is available at the Visitor Center.

We Want Your Comments


Johnsongrass before removal

The National Park Service and the Heartland Inventory and Monitoring Network have begun the 30-day public comment period for the draft Exotic Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (EPMP) for 15 parks in the Midwest Region, one of which includes the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

A hard copy of the draft plan can be found in the new Visitor Center at the preserve or downloaded from the files below. The comment period runs from now through January 24, 2013. Please provide any written response to the superintendent at the address below:

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Attn: Superintendent Lauritzen
2480B Ks Hwy 177
Strong City, KS 66869

or e-mail us

Draft Exotic Plant Management Plan & Environmental Assessment (4.46 MB)

Appendix 1 (4.69 MB)

Appendix 2 (3.69 MB)

Read the Press Release

Heartland Inventory and Monitoring Network

Did You Know?

Aerial photo of the Flint Hills at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Kansas was once the bed of a vast inland sea. The unique, stairstep landscape of the Flint Hills was formed through a process of differential erosion. Erosion washed away the soft shale layers and left the tougher layers of limestone and flint to form the hilltops and prominent benches.