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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 25, 2022 – Fall is just around the corner, along with shorter days and cooler temperatures. Grasses are reaching their peak height and Prairie State Park’s resident bison are looking forward to the cooler days. It’s a perfect time to join the park’s team on a guided saunter to see bison, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. 

Visitors will be guided on a leisurely stroll, 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. Because the bison graze freely in the park, 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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