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.
The Helen and Howard Marr Story
Helen and Howard Marr both grew up on small
Over the years, both reflected very positively on their early life growing up on the farm, what it taught them, and their love of nature.Howard was a devoted hunter, fisherman, and a crack marksman who enjoyed his many outdoor adventures.After Howard's passing, Helen's strong commitment to her husband led her to find a way to honor his love of nature, while also creating a legacy. This avenue was through a bequest benefiting Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
Growing up in
After Helen's passing in 2009, her substantial final estate was distributed per her wishes in 2010.She was a very giving woman.The Preserve was just one of many organizations that benefited from her generosity.That she found Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve a befitting repose to honor her husband for generations to come is humbling.It brings new meaning to the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 that states, "To conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." Among Helen's earliest communications with Preserve staff she stated, "The best part of life is traveling through this lovely nation and seeing all the beautiful lands of the National Parks."
Did You Know?
The limestone blocks used to build the historic house, barn, and outbuildings weigh over 160 pounds per cubic foot. Limestone was quarried locally, faced or quoined, then brought to the ranch for building purposes. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve