Spring has arrived, and with it come new sights, sounds and smells on the prairie. Birds are active, with some migrating to areas farther north and some here for the summer to raise their brood. The bison are here to stay with their calves. Come out on May 1 for a guided bison hike at 10 am.
Be prepared for a 2-mile hike over uneven terrain. Bringing water, snacks, a hat and sunscreen and wearing sturdy shoes is recommended. Binoculars will be useful in looking at bison as well as other wildlife that we may see. Dress for the weather. Don't forget your cameras!
Registration is required, and the hike is limited to 25 participants. Call 417-843-6711 to register.
Due to the unique and rare diversity of life preserved at Prairie State Park, pets are not allowed on park trails. Bison graze freely in the park, and this regulation protects both you and your pet. You are welcome to bring your pet to the park's campground and picnic area but must follow Missouri State Park's pet rules. This applies to all types of pets except service animals assisting people with disabilities.