Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

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Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

  • Where is it?: – Strong City, KSNational Preserve
  • Special Topics: Early Explorers · Endangered Species · Wildflowers · Westward Expansion
  • Recreation Activities: Educational Programs · Hiking · Wildlife Viewing

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is one of the last remaining areas of tallgrass prairie. It’s difficult to believe that tallgrass prairie was once prevalent over 140 million acres of land in North America, until it was all plowed or developed. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is the tallgrass prairies last stand.  Big bluestem, which is abundant on the Southwind Nature Trail, might have a root system which descends 8 feet under the ground, so even without rain they can emerge in the springtime. There are loads of other things to see and do at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (apart from trying to see over the tallgrass). You can hike, fish, join an education program or take part in a ranger led tour. There are over 41 miles of hiking trail just waiting to be explored, you’re sure to see something different every time you go.  Historic house tours are available too, sometimes with a guide, or if none are available you can guide yourself with a brochure.

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve has loads of things to do, but, of course, many of them depend on the weather.  The climate is generally moderate, summers are hot (80 – 100 degrees), winters are cool (10-20 degrees) and storms are likely in the summer with hail and lightening. Be prepared for anything and dress in layers.

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You see, there’s lots to see inside and out . . .  great sound track don’t you think . . .

If these places are allowed to disappear, they disappear for ever . . . and that’s a long long time.