Nearly everyone seems to have a bucket list of things to do, see, and experience before they move on to the next universe. As an outdoor educator, Yellowstone park ranger, naturalist guide, and nature mentor, I’ve been lucky to list and check-off my share of amazing national parks. While it’s hard to suggest places or […]
Western settlers were awed by the sea of grass they encountered growing head-high and higher, interspersed with colorful wildflowers. Today, only about one percent of America’s tallgrass prairie remains. The history-rich Flint Hills of south-central Kansas safeguard one of America’s last native tallgrass prairie landscapes. The heart of this journey has you exploring and learning about this significant landscape on the 11,000-acre Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, a remnant of the grasslands that once covered more than 170 million acres of North America.
The adventure begins at Konza Prairie then moves deep into the Flint Hills, which hold America’s last remaining shred of tallgrass prairie. You spend two days hiking and touring the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, enjoying long walks through the rolling hills, stopping at historic structures, watching for bison, and catching the sunset as birds and insects call. Properly grounded, you’ll drive back roads to historic small towns, visit a working ranch with real cowboys and cowgirls for poetry and a chuck wagon dinner, and catch a glimpse of life at a time when one-room schoolhouses were the norm. The promise of clear skies, sweeping grasslands, and ample time in the outdoors make this an ideal autumn getaway.