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Go to Prairie State Park to explore the prairie while learning about bison. Take this guided bison hike to see what the prairie has to offer at every time of year.
Prepare for a two-hour hike, perhaps longer, across uneven terrain. Binoculars are useful in looking at bison and other wildlife. Don’t forget your camera.
Come to Prairie State Park and become an Animal Detective!
Learn how to investigate animal signs like tracks and poop! Earn your Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites Explorer Patch while learning about animals by the stuff they leave behind. Become a crime scene investigator by reading the sign of who was there. See what they ate, how they got there and where they are headed next. Crafts and games will be used to reinforce these concepts.
Come ready to have fun and learn! Please call 417-843-6711 to register by July 1.
Come on out to Prairie State Park and celebrate the tallgrass prairie. Take part in activities, such as a living history loop where visitors can interact with interpreters and others to learn what it was like to live on the prairie. Listen to live music and the sounds of the prairie. Take a ride out to see the bison, and enjoy trying some bison for lunch. Visit with people from other organizations and agencies that partner to help protect and preserve the tallgrass prairie.
Keeping it balanced: why bugs need bison and bobcats need bluestem. Everything is connected as we learn about food webs on the prairie. From the smallest to the largest, they all depend on each other for survival. This program at Prairie State Park will include games and activities, a short hike and a snack!
As summer gets going, there will be a vast array of wildflowers that the prairie has to offer. Join us for a hike at Prairie State Park to admire the beauty.
This 4,790-acre owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation provides opportunities for a variety of outdoor pursuits and is one of the few public areas in Missouri where prairie chickens can still be seen. The mix of prairie, overgrown farm fields and forest habitats provides viewing opportunities for a number of songbird and wildlife species. Hikers will find a network of trails which criss-cross the entire area. There is also a 6.6-mile horse trail. Bicycling is allowed on service roads, roads open to vehicles and horse trails. Primitive camping (no amenities provided) is allowed at one designated site. Hunting for all major game species is permitted in season. Fishing opportunities exist on the area at 157-acre Bushwhacker Lake, 29-acre Willow Lake and three smaller ponds managed for fishing. Check with the Missouri Department of Conservation office in Joplin (417-629-3423) for boating and fishing regulations specific to the Bushwhacker Area.
Hike amid tall prairie grasses, colorful flowers and animals, including American bison and elk, at Missouri's largest remaining tallgrass prairie.
Sleep under the vast prairie sky at primitive campsites. Exhibits in the visitor center interpret the landscape. The park is located 16 miles west of Lamar.
The park offers a small number of primitive campsites and a backpack camp. Campfires are prohibited at the backpack camp. This is one of the largest remaining tallgrass prairies in Missouri. Bison and elk roam the park. A nature center museum, hiking trails and guided tours are offered. Park grounds: Sunrise-Sunset.
Once an important trail link in the pre-Civil War cattle trade that flowed between Texas and the western Missouri towns of Kansas City and Westport, this 3,635-acre area offers a number of outdoor recreational activities. Owned and managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Shawnee Trail primarily consists of grassland habitat. This mix of open grasslands and overgrown fields provides good habitat for a number of songbirds and grassland wildlife species, which makes Shawnee Trail a potential destination for hikers and nature photographers. Hunting for all major game species is permitted in season. Fishing opportunities exist on a 68-acre lake and a 14-acre lake, both of which have good populations of catfish, bass and sunfish. Call the Missouri Department of Conservation's Joplin office (417-629-3423) for specific information about regulations pertaining to fishing and hunting at Shawnee Trail. The area has one site designated for primitive camping. Bicycling is allowed on service roads. Horseback riding is permitted only on roads open to vehicles. Pets must be leashed or confined, except when being used for hunting.
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