The Flint Hills

The Flint Hills of Kansas and the Osage Hills of northern Oklahoma are the last substantial contiguous stand of tallgrass prairie in North America, and one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems. 

A horse standing in a grassy field next to a fence

Tallgrass Preservation

The Flint Hills represent the last 4% of prairie remaining in North America. While most prairie has been turned into productive farmland, the rocky uplands within our region made this part of the prairie difficult to plow. With the arrival of the Texas cattle drives in the 1860s, the Flint Hills became a principal grazing region. Since that time, the ranching heritage of this region has preserved the tallgrass in its natural state in many areas.

Natural Inspiration

The subtle beauty of the Flint Hills has been an inspiration to musicians, poets and artists for generations. It is a place where man and nature have been able to successfully coexist, and it provides many important lessons as we work to care for our planet.

Discover the Flint Hills

Our hope is that your Flint Hills Discovery Center visit excites to explore the region even further. We have gathered a few resources below to aid in these endeavors.

Gateway Kiosk
Located within the lobby of the Flint Hills Discovery Center, this interactive kiosk helps plan your next Flint Hills exploration.

Map of the Flint Hills
A map of the 22 Kansas counties that comprise the Flint Hills region.

Travel the Flint Hills 
Adventures abound in the Flint Hills region for all ages! Visit the travel page to learn more.