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.
Support Your Park
There are many ways to get involved and support Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. The preserve offers many rewarding experiences and opportunities in how you may contribute. Interesting discoveries are within your reach when you get involved through volunteering or giving in other ways. The preserve gains from your expertise and talents. Opportunities can be found as an individual or through group efforts. Whether it is providing citizen science through butterfly counts, giving interpretive tours and programs, hands on labor such as fence repair or litter pick-up, maintaining trails, reducing the impacts on the environment through recycling or other means of support and donation, volunteer prospects abound. Your efforts give additional value for other visitors to experience. In return, you get the satisfaction of knowing that your contributions assist in the protection and conservation of the natural, cultural and historical resources of Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Examples of some of the opportunities are listed below:
Summer Natural Resource Volunteer Opportunities
Prairie Seed Harvesting - Help the staff harvest prairie seeds after a short training session.Please call ahead (620-273-8494) to verify program availability due to staffing constraints.
The seeds collected will be used to restore bottomland prairie areas at the preserve. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing, wear sturdy shoes and sun hat, bring drinking water, and use bug spray. Training will be provided by the staff before the activity begins.
Trail Workers Always Needed
The preserve is always in need of assistance on various projects, especially with over 40 miles of trails to maintain. Please call ahead (620-273-8494) to see how you may assist and make a difference.
Volunteer Birders Needed with Bird Monitoring on the Preserve
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and the Heartland Network Inventory and Monitoring Program of the National Park Service are seeking the assistance of volunteer birders to augment an ongoing region wide bird monitoring program. Volunteer birders will apply standard monitoring techniques to determine the annual distribution and abundance of breeding birds on the preserve. Volunteers will work closely with the parks Natural Resource Staff and the Heartland Networks project supervisor in this bird
Please contact David Peitz, Wildlife Ecologist
Did You Know?
A single blade of big bluestem might have a root system descending over 8 feet underground. This is deep enough so that the plant will emerge in the spring even without rainfall. Big bluestem grows abundantly on the Southwind Nature Trail.