August 04, 2016

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Guided bison and wildflower hikes at Prairie State Park in August

Guests can explore all the prairie has to offer during the guided bison hike and wildflower walk at Prairie State Park. The guided bison hike will be Saturday, Aug. 6 and the wildflower walk will be Saturday, Aug. 13. Both events will start at 10 a.m. at the Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center.

The heat of summer has settled in, but that does not bother the prairie or the bison that inhabit it. These hikes will provide guests the opportunity to see the bison in their native habitat and learn about the efforts that are crucial in preserving the land. Guests can enjoy taking pictures of the wildlife, while learning more about the wildflowers uses and identifications. 

Hikers should be prepared for a two-mile hike over uneven terrain. Bring water, snacks, insect repellent, a hat and sunscreen. Wearing sturdy shoes is recommended. Binoculars and a camera are useful for viewing the bison and capturing the images of the day.

Prairie State Park is located at 128 NW 150th Lane in Mindenmines. To register or get additional information, contact Prairie State 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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