Prairie State Park will have a Guided Bison Saunter on Saturday, April 2, starting at the Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center at 10 a.m.
"What is a 'saunter'?" you say? According to Merriam-Webster, to "saunter" is "to walk about in an idle or leisurely manner : STROLL" (that is, to walk at a slower pace to take in all the surroundings). That sounds better than a hike. Come out and get that "prairie feeling" from centuries past, and while you are at it, get some exercise. Prairie State Park encompasses almost 4,000 acres of tallgrass prairie, which once covered 33% of Missouri. Now, less than half of 1% remains.
The prairie is beginning to green up, and the bison are ready for it!
Visitors should be prepared for at least a two mile saunter over uneven terrain. Since we won't know the location of the bison until the morning of the event, bringing water and snacks and wearing sturdy footwear is recommended. Please prepare for the weather. The wind can be rather nasty this time of year; be sure to dress for it. Masks are recommended for the unvaccinated.
Due to the unique and rare diversity of life preserved at Prairie State Park, pets are not allowed on park trails, EXCEPT for Path of the Earth People and Path of the Sky People trails. Bison graze freely in the park, and this regulation protects both you and your pet. You are welcome to bring your leashed pet to the park's campground and picnic area, but must follow Missouri State Parks' pet rules. This applies to all types of pets except service animals assisting people with disabilities.
Registration for this event is required, and there is a limit of 25 participants. Call 417-843-6711 to register.