National Bison Day is the first Saturday in November. This day is set aside to honor the bison as our national mammal. These 1-ton beasts once roamed the plains and prairies of North America 60 million strong before we nearly wiped them out. Come out on Nov. 6 for a guided bison hike, and see the prairie in its autumnal glory. Don't forget your cameras! Due to the tremendous response of past years, there will be two hikes, one at 10 a.m. and another at 1 p.m.
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 – the winds can be rather nasty.
Registration is required, and each 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.