Kick off the new year with a First Day Bison Saunter at Prairie State Park. Join park team members at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, for a guided saunter.

Participants will brave the conditions and take a 2-mile hike over uneven terrain to see the bison. Since the location of the bison is unknown until that day, the park team recommends bringing water and snacks, dressing for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes. Binoculars are also useful for viewing the bison and other wildlife. This is a free, family-friendly event. Refreshments will be provided after the saunter.

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. Participants should meet at the Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.