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Guided Bison Saunter

5/7/2022 | Prairie State Park | Mindenmines, MO

Prairie State Park will have a Guided Bison Saunter on Saturday, May 7, starting at the Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center at 10 a.m.

“What is a ‘saunter’?” you say? According to Merriam-Webster, "saunter" means "to walk about in an idle or leisurely manner : STROLL" (that is, to walk at a slower pace to take in all the surroundings). That sounds better than a hike. Come out and get that “prairie feeling” from centuries past, and while you are at it, get some exercise. Prairie State Park encompasses almost 4,000 acres of tallgrass prairie, which once covered 33% of Missouri. Now, less than half of 1% remains.

Spring has arrived, and with it comes new sights, sounds and smells on the prairie. Birds are active, some migrating to areas farther north and some here for the summer to raise their brood. The bison are here to stay with their calves.

Visitors should be prepared for at least a 2-mile saunter over uneven terrain. Since we won’t know the location of the bison until the morning of the event, bringing water and snacks and wearing sturdy footwear is recommended. May weather can be unpredictable, so please prepare for the weather. The wind can be rather nasty this time of year; be sure to dress for it. Masks are recommended for the unvaccinated.

Due to the unique and rare diversity of life preserved at Prairie State Park, pets are not allowed on park trails, EXCEPT for Path of the Earth People and Path of the Sky People trails. Bison graze freely in the park, and this regulation protects both you and your pet. You are welcome to bring your leashed pet to the park’s campground and picnic area, but must follow Missouri State Parks’ pet rules. This applies to all types of pets except service animals assisting people with disabilities.

Registration for this event is required, and there is a limit of 25 participants. Call 417-843-6711 to register.

Click here to read the news release.

Event Time: 10 a.m. - noon

This event is being held in conjunction with the National Park Trust's Kids to Parks Day. For more information about Kids to Parks Day and to see a complete list of associated events at Missouri State Parks, click here.

Prairie State Park is located at:

128 NW 150th Lane, Mindenmines, MO | 417-843-6711

Associated activities

  • Hiking