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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The First 100 for the Next 100

January 2, 2016 - April 23, 2016
Recurring daily
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: From: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034
From January 1, 2016 through National Park Week in April, a new Junior Ranger program called “The First 100 for the Next 100”. ...More

People of the Prairie, the Osage

February 13, 2016
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: From: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034
Come to Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Visitor Center on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and learn about Os...More

Women's Voices of the Flint Hills

March 26, 2016
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034
March - Celebrating Women's History Month with a program called "Women’s Voices of the Flint Hills" with an exhibit on 50 y...More

Star Party, Night Sky Program

April 2, 2016
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: From: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034
Interpretive program talking of constellations and their meaning by different cultures, navigation using the stars, and other fascinating i...More

Kid's Farm and Ranch Animal Event

May 28, 2016
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: From: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034
Come to the historic Spring Hill Ranch on Saturday from 9 - 11 am and experience ranch life by performing typical daily chores of gathering...More

Fishing with the Ranger

May 29, 2016
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: From: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034
On Sunday bring your fishing pole and fish with the rangers on Fox Creek from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lots of fun to be had. Don't feel li...More

Prairie Pollinators: Wildflowers and Butterflies

June 17 - 19, 2016
Recurring daily
Venue: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Address: 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Time: From: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Type: Events
Phone: 620-273-6034

Enjoy a special weekend of connecting with nature from June 17 - 19, 2016. Some of the special programs and demonstrations available...More

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

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

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

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