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Prairie Park Nature Center, Lawrence

#8 of 21 in Wildlife in Kansas
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Prairie Park Nature Center opened in 1999 as an 80-acre nature preserve on the east side of Lawrence. It has since expanded to 100 acres.

The preserve incorporates wetlands, woodlands and prairie habitats and a five acre lake. Visitors may see a wide variety of native Kansas wildlife on the property including beavers, deer, bobcats and birds of prey.

The nature center preserve and education building are operated by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department and funded by City of Lawrence sales tax revenue.

Prairie Park offers walking trails for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts as well as educational programs to the public, schools and local groups.

Mary’s Lake is just a short walk from the education building and is open for public fishing. It is stocked with fish by the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks.

The education building features natural habitat dioramas, displays and live animals, including a live bird of prey collection with eagles, owls,9 hawks and falcons.

(All information for this page was sourced from either the Prairie Park Nature Center or City of Lawrence, KS websites)
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  • We took our out of town grandkids here (ages 7 and 9) and it was well worth the visit. We all learned new things about our local animals. Then we took a scenic walk to Mary's Lake where we read the...  more »
  • Prairie Park Nature Center is asset to the Lawrence community. They do a great job of educating the public. The place is clean and there is plenty of parking.  more »
  • This park is just Awesome!!! Great learning experience for kids. Great place to go out for a walk, or drop a line in the water of the fully stocked lake NOTE: This lake has fish licensing requirements.
  • Very nice salon, with a relaxed atmosphere. Prices competitive. Stylist are friendly, professional and knowledgeable. I appreciate the salon's dedication for continuing education to provide cutting edge service. A favorite.
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