Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge has more than 18,000 acres to explore and in which to learn. Over 40
miles of roads can be driven either within or alongside the Refuge boundaries,
and several walking trails, observation platforms, and parking lots allow access
to many of Flint Hill's highlights. Flint Hills NW has the staff, facilities, experience,
and other means to offer you and your school, civic group, and other organizations educational opportunities.
Located at Flint Hills headquarters the Visitor Center's interpretive displays
offer an opportunity for groups to learn about a variety of Flint Hills management,
wildlife, and history. Restrooms and drinking water are available, as well as a conference room.
Auto Tour Loop
Flint Hills NWR has an
auto tour loop for your enjoyment or on days when weather does not cooperate
with outdoor activities. There are
informational signs located throughout the loop and wetlands full of wildlife
for observation. The tour loop is located in the Indian Hill Section of the
refuge. From the visitor center you will
travel back out to West Maple Ave and make a left turn. You will go two-eighths a mile and make a
right turn on the black top (RD Y5) heading south out of town. You will then turn left on 18th
lane and following that until you see Refuge signs and a parking lot starting
the tour loop. The tour loop is subject to closure, check with Refuge office for current status.
The tour loop was constructed in 2012
The 0.8-mile Townsite Trail
meanders through a wooded area along the Neosho River just north of
Hartford. In fact, the area was once
part of the town of Hartford, but it was cut off from the rest of the town when
the reservoir was built. Today nature
has reclaimed the area.
The Burgess trail is
0.16-mile concrete trail and has a wildlife observation boardwalk. The trail allows visitors an elevated access into the marsh. Visitors may see wading birds,
waterfowl, and shorebirds in the wetland areas.
Along the shaded path leading to the board walk, visitors may see
songbirds and woodpeckers. The trail is
Dove Roost Trail
The 0.7-mile Dove Roost
Trail circles Dove Roost Pond, passing through native tallgrass prairie and
heavily wooded habitats. An observation
tower near the parking area provides an excellent view of migratory waterfowl
resting on John Redmond Reservoir. Eagle
Point, a rocky outcropping, provided a good observation area for eagle watchers
in the winter.
Our goal at Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge is to make the most out of any visit by a school or other groups.
Our educational programs are designed to accomplish the following, in order
1. To ensure each group's visit to Flint Hills is much more than a simple field
2. To instill an appreciation and understanding of nature, both in an indoor
and outdoor setting.
3. To emphasize hands-on learning as much as is reasonably possible.
Contact the Refuge Office at 620-392-5553 to assist you.
We are currently looking for landowners interested in participating or learning more about the Legacy Conservation Easement Program, contact Refuge Manager Jack Bohannan at 620-392-5553x103.