News Release 535

Jubilee showcases tallgrass prairie at Prairie State Park Sept. 25

Volume 38-535 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 14, 2010 -- Experience the sights and sounds of Missouri’s tallgrass prairie during the Prairie Jubilee Saturday, Sept. 25, at Prairie State Park near Mindenmines in Barton County.  Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will showcase Prairie State Park’s sweeping collage of tall prairie grasses.  All events on Saturday are free and open to the public.

Spend the day enjoying family-oriented fun, educational activities and entertainment. You can participate in the living history loop, which includes an Osage Indian lodge, hunters and trappers, border war families, a one-tent school and games. Get involved in the entertainment of an old-time medicine show, a bison chip-throwing contest, outdoor skills and children’s face-painting. Guided tours will be given throughout the day to view the bison. Wildflowers from the Missouri Wildflower Nursery will be available to purchase. A workshop on prairie chickens will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to noon; register for this workshop by calling the park office.

A smoked bison lunch, provided by the Liberal FFA, Cloud’s Meats and Prairie State Park, will be available to purchase. The Liberal Area Civic Group and Liberal Bulldog Booster Club will sell desserts and beverages.

If you are interested in spending the night on the prairie, a wilderness campout will be held Friday, Sept. 24.  Enjoy backpacking to the heart of the tallgrass prairie for an overnight experience. Registration is required and there is a $6 fee, which includes a bison supper and guide. Please call the park to register and send $6 by Sept. 17.    

In addition to the activities, the park’s visitor center offers many interpretive displays about the prairie, and several trails of varying length offer the chance to explore the prairie on your own.

Prairie State Park is located 35 miles north of Joplin near Liberal.  All traffic should enter from the north. Take Highway 43 to Highway K, turn left on Highway P, then left on NW 150th Lane and continue to the park entrance. For more information or to register for the prairie chicken workshop or the campout, call the park directly at 417-843-6711 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at