Good Old-Fashioned Fun on the Fifth at the Preserve

On Saturday July 5th, enjoy a fun-filled day of education, ranch headquarters tours, pastel art demonstrations, wool spinning, music, and historic children’s games. The day begins at 9 a.m. at the Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse with children’s activities of penmanship lessons, reading the McGuffey’s reader, and practicing the daily Memory Gem. Clothing appropriate for getting dirty should be worn. Children take home their very own copy book as a souvenir of the day.

From 10.a.m. to 3 p.m. watch on-going Flint Hills prairie art, demonstrating chalk on sandpaper, located in the breezeway of the Visitor Center. Historic characters from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. play live music and spin “yarns” and wool as they talk about their plans for the holiday near the ranch house. Ranch headquarters tours will be given at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., lasting 40 minutes each and a special 30-minute harmonica program will be given at 12 noon in the Visitor Center breezeway.

Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it. To finish out the festivities, visitors are highly encouraged to join the fun historic children’s games including potato sack race, foot races, hoop and stick, tug-of-war, egg and spoon race, and a good old-fashioned egg-toss contest. Cold water and lemonade will be provided throughout the games.

Here is a schedule of activities that will Here is a schedule of activities that will engage your family for July 5, 2014.engage your family for July 5, 2014. schedule of activities that will engage your family for July 5, 2014.

TimeActivityMeeting Location
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Learn historic Spencerian penmanship using ink and pens – Kids take home their own copybook.Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Prairie Pastel Artwork – On-going demonstrationsVisitor Center
11 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.Ranch headquarters tourVisitor Center
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.Historic music and wool spinning demonstrationsNear the ranch house
12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.Harmonica programVisitor Center
1 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.Ranch headquarters tourVisitor Center
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.Historic gamesNear the ranch house


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, visit the preserve’s Facebook page at tapr_interpretation, or call the preserve at (620) 273-8494. To learn more about The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, visit the Conservancy’s website at or Facebook page a t