The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is back in business, after being affected by the recent government shutdown. Winter hours for the park will take effect on November 3, and will be from 9-4:30 every day, closed Sundays and major holidays.
That gives park rangers and employees more time to dedicate to new outreach and education programs. Spokesperson Heather Brown said the park's new educational program has enabled students from Chase and surrounding counties to interact with park rangers from India, and across the globe.
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The park is also possibly adding more bison to their herd. They currently have 24 bison roaming the preserve right now, and hope to add 12 more. They're also almost finished repainting the ranch house, and an updated exhibit for the visitor's center is slated to premiere in February. Brown also reminds folks that hiking trails at the preserve are always open, and this year's moisture has proven beneficial to the actual "Tallgrass" part of the name.
For more information about the preserve, contact them at 620-273-8494.