Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Within a generation the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4% remains, mostly in the Kansas Flint Hills. The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources.
Friday June 13 will be a full moon and the perfect time to enjoy the vast open expanse of the preserve by moonlight. We'll meet at Chase State Fishing Lake in the evening to set up camp in the campground then when the sun sets we'll head over to Tallgrass Prairie Preserve for a night hike. The trails are open 24 hours but the visitor's center and other buildings will be closed. Bring your headlamp, we'll plan to hike for about 2 hours and return to camp by midnight. On Saturday you can sleep in or do some more hiking. We'll return to Kansas City Saturday afternoon.
The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is about 2 hours southwest of Kansas City. I'll provide a meeting spot for those interested in carpooling. A $5.00 Sierra Club donation is requested.