Tallgrass Prairie visitors center opens to public with Friday celebration

07/12/2012 12:00 AM

07/11/2012 6:33 PM

Kansans can celebrate the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve’s new visitors center on Friday during its grand opening at the park near Cottonwood Falls.

Events start at 3 p.m. with tours of the prairie and ranch. Activities for both children and adults will be provided. Musical entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with the Tallgrass Express String Brand.

Featured speakers at the grand opening ceremony at 7 p.m. include U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the former Kansas governor.

After the ceremony, visitors are invited to stay and watch the night sky over the prairie.

The new center will house the park’s administrative offices and was built to be environmentally friendly. It features a grass roof, which is beginning to show green shoots and stems.

The visitors center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is located two miles north of Strong City on K-177. For more information go to the park’s website at www.nps.gov/tapr/index.htm or call 620-273-8494.

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