Kansas has a few National Park sites.
One of them is the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
We learned that the native grasses were taken out
when farmers came in the last half of the 19th Century.
In the 1930s, the Dust Bowl came and blew away the soil.
The native grass started to regrow which holds the soils.
We learned a lot about how different grasses have different jobs.
The Preserve is a working ranch with buffalo, cattle, and a few horses.
We learned that a family moved onto the property in 1889.
The husband built a 3 story home with many out buildings.
The home was very fancy. The school was also built on the property.
The family only lived in the home
for about 6 years relocating to Kansas City.
The barn has 3 stories and is still in use.
The boys did earn their Junior Ranger badge and a Leave No Trace patch.