Summer is almost here and the prairie is exploding with colors and sounds. Wildflowers are in bloom and birds can be found feeding and nesting. Bison and their calves are moving about, exploring the area.
Join Prairie State Park on a guided saunter to see bison at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4. Meet at the Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center to take a leisurely stroll, walking at a slower pace to take in all the surroundings. Get that “prairie feeling” from past centuries all while getting some exercise.
Visitors will hike at least 2 miles over uneven terrain, so wearing sturdy footwear is recommended. Since the location of the bison is unknown until that day, dressing for the weather and bringing water, snacks and insect repellent is encouraged.
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 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 is required and there is a limit of 25 participants. To register, call 417-843-6711. Prairie State Park is located at 128 NW 150th Lane in Mindenmines.
This event is being held in conjunction with American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day initiative. For more information about National Trails Day and to see other events being held in Missouri State Parks, visit
For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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