• 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.

Guided Tours

ranger tours

Ranger-led tours 

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Daily Programs and Tours Through October 2014 - 40 minutes


Mondays:
11:00 am -Poets of the Air - Intro to Bird Flight
1:00 pm - Historic Spring Hill Ranch tour

Tuesdays:
11:00 am - Learning the Sky - Intro to Night Sky Exploration
1:00 pm - Historic Spring HIll Ranch tour

Wednesdays:
11:00 am - Bison of the Prairie
1:00 pm - Historic Spring Hill Ranch tour

Thursdays:
11:00 am - Flint Hills Geology
1:00 pm - Historic Spring Hill Ranch tour

Fridays:
11:00 am - Penmanship and the One-Room School (Meet at the schoolhouse for this program)
1:00 pm - Historic Spring Hill Ranch tour

Saturdays and Sundays:
11:00 am - Historic Spring Hill Ranch tour
1:00 pm - Historic Spring Hill Ranch tour

Staff levels and conditions permitting, all programs, except for Friday's Penmanship program, begin at the Visitor Center. Penmanship program is given at the one-room schoolhouse.

The house is currently unavailable due to maintenance, but interior photos can be seen via our Virtual Tour Section.

 

Prairie Bus Tours - 1 1/2 hours -

A step-on guide can board your Motorcoach and provide an interpretive prairie tour on the way to the Scenic Overlook Area south of Cottonwood Falls. If time allows, visitors may step off the bus to experience tallgrass prairie at the Scenic Overlook.

Motorcoach drop off area and parking is available at and near the new Visitor Center.

Due to the current inaccessible conditions of our bus tour road, the bus tours have been cancelled WITHIN the preserve until further notice.



Did You Know?

Limestone and flint on the surface of the soil kept it from being tilled

Zebulon Pike unknowingly named the Flint Hills based on his journal entry in 1806 as he camped and passed through very 'ruff' hills of flint. This flint kept the prairie from being tilled. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve