• 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.

Visitor Center Dedication Ceremony

Visitors before the ceremony begins

The preserve officially dedicated the new visitor center and administrative office buildings on Friday July 13, 2012 to a crowd of approximately 200 in attendance. Visitor activities of button making, "make you own brand", bee keeping presentations, natural resource hikes, kite flying, and veterinary and draft horse talks and demonstrations began at 3 p.m. with music at 6 p.m. and the official ceremony at 8 p.m. The photos below document the special event.

Visitors speak with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius before the ceremony begins.

 
music for the special event

Visitors enjoy the prairie music of Tallgrass Express String Band under the special event tent, while a warm breeze blows past.

 
Secretary of Human Health and Services

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaking about her former role as Governor of Kansas and President of the Kansas Park Trust in helping to obtain the funds for the new visitor center.

 
Rob manes, The Nature Conservancy

Partner Rob Manes, State Director for The Nature Conservancy Kansas Chapter speaks at the ceremony.

 
Mike Reynolds MWR

National Park Service Midwest Regional Director Mike Reynolds speaks at the dedication ceremony.

 
ribbon cutting ceremony

Partners cut the ribbon in unison.

 
ribbon cutting ceremony

It's official. The visitor center is open and awaiting your arrival.

 
Secretary Salazar speaks from the heart in the tallgrass prairie

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar speaks from the heart to partners and tallgrass prairie staff, while the bison herd grazes in the distance. It was a memorable conclusion to a very special moment in the preserve's history.

Did You Know?

Spring Hill Ranch at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Stephen F. Jones spent the modern equivalent of about $1.9 million building the Spring Hill Ranch complex including the stone fences, but only owned the property for 10 years and occupied the limestone ranch house for 5 1/2 years. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve