Wildlife Watching

You can connect with nature and watch the wildlife virtually anywhere in Chase County. We have the largest area of unspoiled natural Tallgrass Prairie in the world. Imagine finding a quiet spot and hearing nothing but songbirds.  The front porches of many of our lodging venues or under a tree at Chase State Fishing Lake are easy places to sit back and watch the local wildlife. Visit the Bison Herd at the Tallgrass National Preserve or take a leisurely drive on the Flint Hills Scenic byway and see what you can catch with your camera. You practically can’t miss at least a few local critters. Remember to keep a safe distance and watch out for the occasional snake in the grass!

Common mammals seen in the wild in Chase County:

  • White-tailed deer
  • Coyotes
  • Bobcats
  • Striped skunk
  • Raccoons
  • American badgers
  • Virginia opossum
  • Thirteen-lined ground squirrel

Common lizards and snakes:

  • Great Plains skinks
  • Collared lizards
  • Prairie king snakes
  • Massasauga rattlesnakes (venomous)
  • Copperheads (venomous)

Common birds:

  • Greater prairie chicken
  • Upland sandpiper
  • Eastern meadowlark (the state bird of Kansas)
  • Dickcissel
  • Grasshopper sparrow
  • Common nighthawk
  • Red-tailed hawk
  • Northern harrier
  • American kestrel

 

Country Christmas

Country Christmas

November 26-27, 2021 Our annual pre-holiday event will include Friday’s Kid’s Night Before Christmas Out, Saturday all day in Strong City & Cottonwood Falls. A Good Old-Fashioned Christmas at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Holiday Home Tours, Santa’s Reindeer, Visit with Cowboy Santa, Lighting of the Historic Court House, Holiday Parade and more!

Emma Chase Friday Night Music 11/19/21

Emma Chase Friday Night Music 11/19/21

Join us for our 3rd Friday Jam on this Fri Nov 19th. All-acoustic, all-genre Jam starts at 7:30 pm and ends around 9:30. See you indoors at Prairie PastTimes 220 1/2 Broadway, Cottonwood Falls! [Photo below from pre-Covid days] Covid protocol: for your safety and those around you, please wear a mask if not vaccinated…

Thank you!

Thank you!

Angels Care Home Health, serving Chase County, would like to thank all our men and women who have served in our United States Armed Services.

We are thrilled to have Pretend Friend as our feature concert performer for River Suite September 25, 2021!

We are thrilled to have Pretend Friend as our feature concert performer for River Suite September 25, 2021!

Tickets on sale now! Tickets are available for reservation by contacting the Chamber office, email [email protected]  call (12-4 M-F) 620-273-8469 or make your online payment here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Y2WEKWYMURW82 Tickets are non-refundable. In case of inclement weather the event will be held at the community building at Swope Park in Cottonwood Falls. Pretend Friend is a touring bluegrass…

Emma Chase Friday Night Music IS BACK!

Emma Chase Friday Night Music IS BACK!

We are happy to announce the Friday night jams will resume twice a month – beginning in July at Prairie PastTimes in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. For July, we will start with the 1st & 3rd Fridays. Check Facebook for the August schedule which could change, depending on how this works out. The First Friday (July…

Road Trip Through the Flint Hills

Small town, big roles! Toni Schneider works for the community she loves

Small town, big roles! Toni Schneider works for the community she loves

By Brogan Gillmore During the hot spring days of late May, Chase County holds its annual rodeo, with bull riding, mutton busting, calf scrambles and plenty of beer. And in the thick of it all is Toni Schneider, director of the Chase County Chamber of Commerce, and arguably one of the most involved people in…

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