Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Now, only 4% of this grassland remains. The Kansas Flint Hills "Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve" is one of the largest remaining tracts. Native plants and prairies are an important part of our ecosystem. The Kansas Children's Discovery Center recognizes the ecological and educational value of a Tallgrass Prairie and has one on its grounds. This project was started in 2011 by a group of dedicated, interested volunteers.
Native prairie grass habitats take three years to fully establish. In 2014, our Native Tallgrass Prairie Restoration became three years old. This was the appropriate time for the first burn. Burning the native grasses is proper maintenance. It ensures the growth of the Tallgrass, while removing foreign plants and weeds.
Prairies thrive amid drought, fire and grazing due to root systems that are up to 15 feet long! We invite you to walk through the prairie, view the natural habitat of many native animals and birds, enjoy the butterflies, and see how many different wildflowers you can see.
Wildflowers and butterflies
First Burn in 2014