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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 21, 2022 – Is the heat getting you down? Bison don’t mind. They have shed much of their cold-weather fur and are better able to handle the hot summer temperatures. Join Prairie State Park on a guided saunter to see bison at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. 

During the saunter, visitors will stroll in a leisurely manner, walking at a slower pace to take in all the surroundings. The hike will be 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. 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.

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