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Contact: Park Rangers, 620-273-8494Strong City, KS - Come to Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve for Memorial Day weekend and enjoy three fun-filled days of family activities geared toward learning and making memories. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day. All activities are free of charge.
On Saturday May 26th, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., children have the opportunity to experience life on a working ranch and learn about life as a child in the 1880s. Living history interpreters will assist children in doing authentic ranch chores such as gathering eggs, feeding the chickens, milking the goats, and currying the horse. After completing each chore, children will collect sticker tokens and earn a Spring Hill Ranch certificate for all their hard work. From 12 noon to 4 p.m. visitors can experience the prairie grasses and wide open spaces with a horse-drawn wagon ride, while learning about modes of transportation in the 1880s. Wagon rides are given approximately every 20 minutes and cowboys will be available to answer questions, as they go about their daily tasks.
The fun continues on Sunday, May 27th with the program Birding for Kids Workshop from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the visitor center. Kids will use a handy device called the Identiflyer Tool to listen to bird calls, then learn about birds and flight dynamics by making paper airplanes.
On Monday, May 28th from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. take a bus ride into the bison pasture and learn about the resident bison herd. To round out the fun, kids may compete in a Bison Chip Throwing Contest to see who can throw the farthest chip. Please wear appropriate clothing for getting dirty. Winner will receive their very own, official Tallgrass Prairie bison chip trophy. Please call the preserve at 620-273-8494 (hit 0) to make a free reservation for Monday’s activity.
To complete the holiday weekend, hike one or more of the over 40 miles of trails. Trail maps are available at the visitor center. If hiking through the bison pasture, please heed all warning signs and keep at least a football field’s length between you and the animal. Bison are wild animals and will react aggressively if provoked. You may also hike around the bison pasture to reach your destination. Information is available at the visitor center kiosk and at each pasture gate. Please be safe during your visit to the preserve and come back often.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you – both in personal connections and memorable experiences. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is located two miles north of Strong City on Kansas State Highway 177 (the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway) and is a unique public/private partnership between the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy. For additional information on Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, please visit www.nps.gov/tapr, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call the preserve at (620) 273-8494, or visit the preserve’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NPS.TallgrassPrairie. To learn more about The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, visit the Conservancy’s website at www.nature.org/Kansas or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TNCKansas .