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 »
Visitor Center Dedication Ceremony
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.
Visitors enjoy the prairie music of Tallgrass Express String Band under the special event tent, while a warm breeze blows past.
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.
Partner Rob Manes, State Director for The Nature Conservancy Kansas Chapter speaks at the ceremony.
National Park Service Midwest Regional Director Mike Reynolds speaks at the dedication ceremony.
Partners cut the ribbon in unison.
It's official. The visitor center is open and awaiting your arrival.
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?
Cattle can gain up to 2 pounds per day grazing on the prairie grasses of the Flint Hills. The calcium found in the limestone erodes into the soil, making the prairie plants more nutritious for grazing animals. Cattle grazing is still the main agricultural use of the Flint Hills today.