Visitors are invited to join a park naturalist at Prairie State Park on a guided bison hike. Sponsored by
|American Bison (Bison bison). Image taken at Wildlife Prairie State Park, Hanna City, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Missouri State Parks, the hike will take place on
Participants will have the opportunity to take a trip back in time and see this magnificent mammal in its native habitat. The hike will feature information on bison biology, Native American uses, herd dynamics, prairies and much more. Hikers are encouraged to wear long pants, sturdy shoes and insect repellant for this hike across the prairie. The hike will be approximately two miles, but can vary depending on the location of the bison herd.
The Bison Hike is also a great opportunity to log miles as a part of the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles challenge. To celebrate Missouri’s distinction as “Best Trails State,” and to encourage Missourians to enjoy the outdoors, Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon are inviting Missourians to join them in completing 100 Missouri Miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year.
For more information and to take the Challenge, visit 100MissouriMiles.com. Participants can also share adventures, post photos and learn about upcoming events by connecting with 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter.
Prairie State Park is located at 128 NW 150th Lane in Mindenmines. For more information about the event, contact the park at 417-843-6711. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.