Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie

Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America, but within a generation most of it had been transformed into farms, cities, and towns. Today less than 4% remains intact, mostly in the Kansas Flint Hills. Established on November 12, 1996, the preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Here the tallgrass makes its last stand.

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Begin Your Tallgrass Prairie Visit Today

The preserve has nearly 11,000 acres to be explored. Take a tour of the historic buildings, go on a hike, or use our cell phone tour.


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Learn about the Natural Prairie World

A world of discovery is here as you see it's "much more than just grass." Learn about the flora and fauna of the tallgrass prairie.

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Visit our Calendar of Events Page

Special events throughout the year can be found here.

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Accessibility at the Preserve

Accessible hiking trails, audio described exhibits and 10-minute park video with hearing devices (also open captioned), and more.

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Junior Ranger Activities

Make a day of it at the preserve with a picnic lunch, some hiking, kid friendly ranch activities, and Jr. Ranger programs.

Last updated: May 8, 2023

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2480B KS Hwy 177
Strong City, KS 66869


620 273-8494 x270

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