Prairie Park Nature Center

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2730 Harper St.
Lawrence, KS 66046
(785) 832-7980

(unless otherwise noted)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The nature center is free to all visitors.

About the Nature Center

Prairie Park Nature Center is located within a 100-acre nature preserve on the east side of Lawrence, KS. The preserve features a five-acre lake, as well as wetland, woodland, and prairie environments. Visitors may walk the trails to see a wide variety of native Kansas wildlife and plants.

The education building features natural habitat dioramas, educational displays and live animals, including a bird of prey collection. The nature center conducts a wide variety of environmental and recreation programs for the public, schools, scouts, adults, and other groups.

The mission of the Prairie Park Nature Center is to promote the preservation of the natural world through hands-on environmental and conservation education.

Prairie Park Nature Preserve & Mary’s Lake

Printable Preserve & Mary’s Lake Map

Group Visitation Policy

Visiting groups from other facilities or organizations of 8 or more people (including children) who have not booked a program should schedule their visits in advance. This will insure that their visit does not overlap with other scheduled groups or large programs.

This will assist the nature center staff in making sure that all visitors have a good experience.

The nature center reserves the right to ask unscheduled groups to delay their visit if the building is busy.

Groups may schedule their visit by phone: 785-832-7980.