The Prairie Center
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
This 300 acre area near Olathe contains several smaller tracts of diverse native prairie along with areas undergoing prairie “reconstruction.” Like Kill Creek Prairie, a small population of Mead’s milkweed is found here. The Prairie Center is the metro area’s best opportunity for restoration of a true prairie landscape in an area that in presettlement times was almost totally prairie. Threats to the prairie include encroachment by native woody vegetation, non-native grasses like fescue and brome, and the exotic invasive sericea lespedeza. Mowing and burning are two of the management tools used here. Kansas Wildlife and Parks utilizes this area for interpretive and educational programs.
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Pets: On leash only
Take Kansas Highway 10 west to Kansas Highway 7. Go south about 4.7 miles to Highway 150 (135th Street). Turn right and go 3 miles to Cedar Niles Road. Turn left. The parking lot is on your right.
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