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Prairie Park Nature Center

2730 Harper Street

Prairie Park Nature Center opened in 1999 as an 80-acre nature preserve on the east side of Lawrence.

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 and Parks.

The education building features natural habitat dioramas, displays and live animals, including a live bird of prey collection with eagles, owls, hawks and falcons.


Jessica Stafford

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
I love this place! Great place for taking baby for a walk in the shade. Can pop into the nature center to see the prairie dogs and catch some A.C. The rehabilitated birds are always exciting to check out. The lake is beautiful, and the dock is fun. Its close to parks for swinging after, and we always see some kind of wildlife out there! Great place!

Grace Chin

Saturday, March 10, 2018
This is by far my favorite park in Lawrence. It's a different experience, because it is more secluded. I think because of the sort of activity it invites, people clean up after themselves.The lake is really nice to sit by on nice days. There are paved paths, grass paths, and desire paths, so it offers a variety of walking experiences.

Kimberley Jolliff

Friday, June 8, 2018
Love going here! My favorite is Tino.

John Marchese

Friday, April 6, 2018
Nice walking trails and a nature center that is packed with animals. Good birding spot.

John Beals

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
Came for a birthday party, this was a great place for the kids. A little diamond in the rough, the staff is very friendly and helpful, and answered all the kids questions. Next time we come to Lawrence we will definitely stop back!

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