An informational meeting for Prairie State Park in Barton County is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the park’s Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center.
Representatives from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which oversees state parks, will provide information on plans for the site, including new signs and prairie restoration, and recent accomplishments, including improvements to the campground and nature center. They also will answer questions from visitors, who can share comments and suggestions about park services and operations.
Although not required by state statute, such meetings are held annually for most state parks and historic sites to gather public input.
The 4,000-acre park is one of the largest tracts of tallgrass prairie left in Missouri, with restored herds of elk and bison.
At 7 p.m., guests will be able to view a short documentary created by Missouri State Parks on the story of the Battle of Island Mound, when forces from the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry engaged pro-Confederate troops in Bates County in 1862.
The battle marked the first time in the Civil War that African-American troops engaged in combat.
Portions of the documentary were filmed at Prairie State Park.
The Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site near Butler is one of Missour’s newest state parks and historic sites.
Prairie State Park is located 17 miles west of Lamar on Missouri Highway 160, south of Liberal and north of Mindenmines.
FOR INFORMATION about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.