7th Annual Quilt Display at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
The annual Prairie Quilt Display will be held during all three days of the holiday weekend. View local quilts on display in the new visitor center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Quilts will be featured next to the Dream Rocket traveling exhibit that ends on September 15. Visitors can see many similar techniques and vivid imaginations between the quilts placed on display and the Dream Rocket artwork designed to be stitched together to wrap the Saturn 5 rocket in Alabama in 2014. Enjoy stepping back into time when visiting the one-room Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse during weekends in September and October from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. and learn about a prairie education. The school is furnished with historic desks, McGuffey Readers, a recitation bench, and other classroom items. Park volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide information about the school’s rich history. Some of the items on display at the schoolhouse can also be purchased at the park’s bookstore, located in the new Visitor Center. Explore nature and hiking trails through two short nature trails. For the more adventurous, there are over 41 miles of hiking trails to experience. All trails are open 24 hours, with some of the best wildlife viewing in the early morning and evening hours. Observe the bison herd in Windmill Pasture or hike around the pasture to observe the bison at a distance. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is a private-public area co-managed between The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service. It is located two miles north of Strong City on Kansas State Highway 177 (the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway).