Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

2480B Highway 177 Strong City , KS 66869 620-273-8494 620-273-6034 nps.gov/tapr Show Map | Return to top.

Hours: Hiking Trails open 24/7, buildings open daily 8:30-4:30 (summer) and 9-4:30 (winter)

Admission: Free

The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is one of the nation’s newest national preserves. It protects one of the last remaining tallgrass ecosystems in the world. Tallgrass prairie once covered 400,000 square miles of North America, but less than 4% remains, primarily here in Chase County.

Explore over 10,000 acres including five hiking trails, a bison herd, abundant wildlife, catch and release fishing areas, as well as an 1881 historic ranch house, limestone barn and outbuildings, and nearby one room schoolhouse. The Preserve was named one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas in 2008.

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve!

DEEPEN YOUR APPRECIATION OF THE MAJESTIC FLINT HILLS BY VISITING CHASE COUNTY’S NATIONAL PARK!!

Events will be held each month in celebration of the Centennial of the National Park Service! Click visit http://www.nps.gov/tapr/index.htm for a complete list of activities and information about the park. Additional event details including dates and times may be found on our calendar of events page.

January

  • Month long Introduction to the Night Sky in partner with KS Astronomical Observers of Wichita at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Presents an “Indoor” Night Sky Program
Don’t let the January cold or clouds keep you from enjoying the wonders of the night sky. From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 23 & 30, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve will present the Introduction to Stargazing program in the park’s conference room. Sunlight, clouds, or cold will not be a problem, since we’ll be using a computer program called Stellarium and a BIG screen monitor to show off the wonders of the night sky.
This innovative free-to-download program (more information can be found at http://www.stellarium.org) can be a great starting point for discovering the night sky. You can watch the planets move across the sky, see the Moon’s different phases, and identify many different constellations, even those of different cultures.
The preserve has over 40 miles of hiking trails. All trails are open 24/7 for you to enjoy wildlife viewing or the night sky.  All preserve buildings, including the visitor center and historic Spring Hill Ranch house and barn are open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm during the winter season with the exception of the Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse. The school will reopen in May for the summer.  If solitude and history are what you are looking for, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve has it all.  Come “Find Your Park” at the preserve.
In celebration of the National Park Service 2016 Centennial and Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve’s 20th anniversary, the 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 more information, please visit http://www.everykidinapark.gov, and follow the program on Twitter @everykidinapark, on Facebook, on Instagram and Youtube. For additional information on Tallgrass Prairie National preserve, please visit http://www.nps.gov/tapr, email tapr_interpretation@nps.gov, 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 http://www.nature.org/Kansas or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TNCKansas .
  • January 1- April 23 Junior Ranger Program at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
  • January 3, 10, 17, 24 1:00-2:30pm six part film series “The National Parks, America’s Best Idea” by Ken Burns at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

February

  • Month long The People of the Prairie: Kansa, Osage, Wichita and Pawnee Nation program by Jerry and Beth Shaw at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
  • February month long Junior Ranger Program at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

March

  • Month long Women’s History Month-Presentation on Women’s Voices of the Flint Hills at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
  • March month long Junior Ranger Program at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
  • March 5 Bright Star Theater Play-Lift Every Voice, Black Experience in the Heartland at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

April

  • April 2 – 23 Junior Ranger Program at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
  • April 2 Night Sky Program at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

May

  • May 28, 29, 30 Kid’s Farm and Ranch Animal Day at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

June

  • June 17, 18, 19 Prairie Pollinators: “Wildflowers and Butterflies” Annual Butterfly Count at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

July

  • Month long Birding Programs with Vanessa Avara at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
  • July 4 Cowboy Holiday-Kid’s games etc. at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

August

  • August 25 NPS Birthday Celebration and Picnic in the Park at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

September

  • Month long Lower Fox Creek School Box Supper interpretive program at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
  • September 3, 4, 5 Annual Labor Day Weekend Quilt Display at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

October

  • Month long Prairie Harvest Festival at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

November

  • November 26 Chase County Country Christmas in Cottonwood Falls and at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

December

  • December month long Spring Hill Ranch Candlelight Tours at theTallgrass Prairie National Preserve-Christmas

February 2017 Events

·-        Every Friday Night 7:30pm “Emma Chase Friday Night Music” in Cottonwood Falls ·-        February 1-28, The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West Traveling Exhibit at the Symphony in the Flint Hills Gallery ·-        February 11, 11:30am Legislative Coffee at the Grand Central Hotel ·-        February 11, 6:30pm Game Night at…

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