Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

(620) 273-8494
2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
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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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Daily Guided Prairie Bus Tours

April 29, 2017 - October 29, 2017 Strong City Map it

Experience wide open spaces and solitude, while learning about bison, prairie, and more. This 90-minute bus tour is... Learn more

Kid's Farm and Ranch Animal Event

May 27, 2017 Strong City Map it

Come to the historic Spring Hill Ranch on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 9 - 11 am and experience ranch life by performing... Learn more

Thar's Fossils in Them Thar Hills

May 28, 2017 Strong City Map it

On Sunday, May 28, 2017 kids learn about fossils in the Flint Hills by exploring a cut away stream bank, then use... Learn more

The Mighty Bison and Bison Chip Throwing Contest

May 29, 2017 Strong City Map it

On Monday from 9 a.m. -10:30 a.m. kids learn about the mighty bison, then participate in a bison chip throwing contest... Learn more

Live Birds of Prey Programs

June 3, 2017 Strong City Map it

Birding Programs with Vanessa Avara of the Milford Nature Center. See live birds, while learning about their physical... Learn more

Ranching Saturdays

Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday until October 7, 2017 Strong City Map it

On the 1st Saturday of each month from June to October, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., experience daily activities on a working... Learn more

Summer Youth Camps

Recurring weekly on Wednesday until July 12, 2017 Strong City Map it

On Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. starting June 14th and ending July 12th, kids learn all about the natural and cultural... Learn more

Historic Horse-Drawn Haying Event

June 17, 2017 Strong City Map it

Come out and experience authentic horse-drawn haying and raking demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the field... Learn more

Annual Marvin Schwilling Butterfly Count

June 24, 2017 Strong City Map it

Annual Marvin Schwilling butterfly count from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Flint Hills. Experts will accompany each group,... Learn more

Cowboy Independence Day

July 1, 2017 Strong City Map it

Historic characters going about their daily activities, but stop at 1 p.m. to read the Declaration of Independence. Join... Learn more

Solar Eclipse Event

August 21, 2017 Strong City Map it

Come see a spectacular event unfold as the moon’s shadow crosses in front of the sun, creating a partial solar eclipse at... Learn more

12th Annual Labor Day Weekend Quilt Display and Barn Dance

September 2, 2017 - September 4, 2017 Strong City Map it

Visit Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve over the Labor Day Weekend and help celebrate the 12th anniversary of the annual... Learn more

Night Sky Program

September 23, 2017 Strong City Map it

Enjoy the wonders of the night sky from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. with a star party (weather permitting). Learn about the Milky Way... Learn more

Fabric Dyeing Using Plants and Bugs

October 7, 2017 Strong City Map it

Learn to dye fabrics and wool using wildflowers, plants, and insects. Wool spinning demonstrations from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.... Learn more

Prairie Harvest Festival

October 21, 2017 Strong City Map it

Enjoy a good old-fashioned Prairie Harvest Festival focusing on the Jones’ landscape of orchard, vineyard, and gardens.... Learn more

Old-Fashioned Christmas at the Ranch

November 25, 2017 Strong City Map it

On November 25th from noon to 4 p.m., in conjunction with Chase County Country Christmas, experience the Spring Hill Ranch... Learn more

Spring Hill Ranch Candlelight Tours

December 2, 2017 Strong City Map it

Step back in time to 1880s and witness the Spring Hill Ranch on a typical December evening. Ghosted scenes and vignettes... Learn more

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