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Prairie Park Nature Center, Lawrence

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Wildlife Area
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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TripAdvisor
  • This is a delightful place for families to experience animals in their usual habitats; not all animals are stuffed, some are live!! the folks who work there are very good educating the visitors.  more »
  • We take our granddaughters here whenever they are in town. A great collection of live and mounted animals and lots of hands on exhibits. It is free! Be sure and hike on the trails.  more »
  • Recommended for ages 4-11. Good exhibits on the native biomes of Kansas and the plants and wildlife that make up the state.  more »
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  • This is a first class nature center. My wife and I drove from Colorado Springs to attend a graduation at KU. We had a little time to kill so we decided to visit the nature center. We got more than we bargained for in a good way. We went on a walk around the center and observed the many types of birds there and I got some great pictures. The trails are really great and are not overrun. On the day we went (May 13, 2017) there were not many people there. I didn't expect to see all of the animals in the building but it was great. The staff that day was excellent. We had a lot of questions and they were patient and well informed. Even though we were there just before closing, we were never rushed. This is a professional staff and we were grateful for it. It was one of the best highlights of our visit. If we are ever back in Lawrence, we'll return to the nature center.
  • Wonderful place with nature and cute animals. Only complaint is that it sorta smells because of all the animals. It has a really fun summer program, and I would overall recommend it to any animal lover. Animals aren't for adoption though.
  • They offer great classes for children. I love the ambience.
  • A great place to take your kids and learn about Kansas wildlife.
  • Great animal exhibits, beautiful grounds. Fun place to wander and explore.