Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

2480 B Kansas Hwy 177
Strong City, KS 66869
Phone: (620) 273-8494
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Nearly 11,000 acres of wide open space, beautiful vistas, seasonal wildflowers, wildlife, bison herd, and plenty of solitude. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is the only unit in the National Park Service dedicated to preserving a rare remnant of tallgrass prairie ecosystem. The preserve has over 40 miles of hiking and nature trails.

Visitors can enjoy historic house tours of an 1880s limestone mansion, a massive three story limestone barn, Lower Fox Creek one-room schoolhouse, and two front country nature trails. Cell phone tours of the historic buildings and prairie are available. During the summer months, guided bus tours into the prairie are available daily. Bus tours are wheelchair accessible.

New exhibits in the visitor center and Junior Ranger activities are available on site or may also be downloaded via the website. Completion of five activities are required to earn a Junior Ranger badge. Children may complete a Leave No Trace Scavenger Hunt to obtain a patch. Both activities are available in Spanish.

Catch-and-release fishing is now available in three ponds at the preserve and along Fox Creek. A Kansas state fishing license is required.

New activities and special events are added, so watch our website for more listings.

The preserve is open daily from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. The preserve is located 17 miles south of Council Grove or 2 miles north of Strong City, Kansas on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway.

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Cowboy Holiday

July 2, 2016
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: From: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034
Living history characters work around the ranch doing typical ranching activities. Beginning at 2 pm, cowboys begin their holiday by readin...More

Live Birds of Prey Programs and Birding Wagon Rides

July 9, 2016
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034
Birding Programs with Vanessa Avara of the Milford Nature Center and Birding Wagon Rides See live birds, while learning about their physic...More

11th Annual Labor Day Weekend Quilt Display and Barn Dance

September 3 - 5, 2016
Recurring daily
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034

Visit Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve over the Labor Day Weekend and help celebrate the 11th anniversary of the annual Prairie Qui...More

Prairie Wildflower Day

September 10, 2016
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034
Prairie Wildflower Day – Enjoy exhibits, wildflower plant hikes, education programs, prairie bus tours, and yarn dyeing demos using p...More

Lower Fox Creek School Box Lunch Program

September 17, 2016
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: From: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034
Learn about one-room school pie suppers and box socials. Bring a picnic lunch “to be auctioned.” Program begins at 11:30 a.m. a...More

Race the Chase

September 24, 2016
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: From: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034
Welcome to Race the Chase, the Midwest’s premiere off-road endurance running event! Founded in 2014 by Dirty Kanza Promotions, this r...More

Prairie Harvest Festival

October 15, 2016
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034
Enjoy a good old-fashioned Prairie Harvest Festival focusing on the Jones’ landscape of orchard, vineyard, and gardens. Living histor...More

Old-Fashioned Christmas at the Ranch

November 26, 2016
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034

On November 26th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in conjunction with Chase County Country Christmas, experience the Spring Hill Ranch at the h...More

Spring Hill Ranch Candlelight Tours

December 3, 2016
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034
Step back in time to 1880s and witness the Spring Hill Ranch on a typical December evening. Ghosted scenes and vignettes tell the story of ...More