October 28, 2016

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Prairie State Park observes National Bison Day Nov. 5

Prairie State Park will celebrate all things bison during National Bison Day on Nov. 5.  The day-long activities will begin with a guided hike at 10 a.m., Nov. 5 at the Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center.  

On May 9, the National Bison Legacy Act was signed making the bison the official national mammal. The 10 a.m. hike will be followed with a bison meat chili lunch at noon, and educational bison activities and programs will be held throughout the day. Visitors will be able to learn how the Native Americans utilized this animal for food and tool making and how such an iconic animal was driven to the brink of extinction before conservation measures were enacted.

Prairie State Park is located in Barton County at 128 NW 150th Lane. For more information about the event, call the park at 417-843-6711. Missouri State Parks is supported by the one-tenth of one-percent Parks, Soils and Water Sales Tax, which accounts for approximately 75 percent of the budget to repair, improve and maintain state parks and historic sites. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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