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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 19, 2021 – Staff members at Prairie State Park invite the public to join them for a Guided ‘Bison-tennial’ Hike at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

Participants are encouraged to bring their cameras and binoculars, and should also bring water, snacks, a hat and sunscreen. The 2-mile hike is over uneven terrain; sturdy shoes are recommended. Dress for the weather and potential windy conditions.

Registration is required and the hike is limited to 25 participants. Those interested, should call 417-843-6711 to register.

Due to the unique and rare diversity of life preserved at Prairie State Park, pets are not allowed on park trails. This regulation protects both you and your pet, as bison graze freely in the park. You are welcome to bring your pet to the park’s campground and picnic area but must follow Missouri State Park’s pet rules found at This applies to all types of pets except service animals assisting people with disabilities.

The public is strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others.

This is one of many events Missouri State Parks is hosting to commemorate the state's bicentennial. To see a complete list of bicentennial-related events and learn more about the commemoration, visit

Prairie State Park is located at 128 NW 150th Lane, Mindenmines, in southwest Missouri.

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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