Grassland Heritage Foundation preserves prairies in eastern Kansas through education, stewardship, and land protection.

Tallgrass Prairie Facts

Prairie arose in the rain shadow of the Rocky Mountains, and once covered 400 million acres over the center of the U.S. from Saskatchewan to Texas. Prairies are diverse communities dominated by grasses and wildflowers. 

Tallgrass prairie, with three-fourths of its biomass

underground, created some of the most productive

soils in the world. Prairie thrives amid drought, fire,

and grazing due to root systems up to 15 feet deep. 

Only 1% of the native tallgrass prairie remains today due to fire suppression and intensive crop production, making it a globally endangered ecosystem. Remaining prairies now include the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma and small remnant prairies, such as The Prairie Center in Olathe, Kansas and GHF's Snyder Prairie, Leadplant Prairie, and Roulund-Wagner Prairie.

Only 1% of the native tallgrass prairie remains today. . . 


Last chance for plants from the 2020 GHF Native Plant Sale! Remaining plants are in this list. Order soon!

Visit The Raven Book Store in Lawrence to browse GHF-curated native plant gardening books

Helen Alexander and Randy Rasa join the GHF board, and welcome Kaitlyn Ammerlaan as GHF's Program Director and Preserve Manager!

Spring 2020 GHF News is now available 

Join a community of            prairie protectors

You can directly support prairie land management, land protection, and education in northeast Kansas as a GHF member and donor.

GHF provides hands-on prairie restoration opportunities, academic scholarships, and workshops on prairie management, native plant gardening, and prairie ecology.

Members receive the GHF newsletter, discounts on fee workshops, discounts at GHF's annual native plant sale, and workshop & event notifications. 

What you can do to protect prairie

Join Grassland Heritage Foundation. Become a member of a community of prairie enthusiasts and protectors.

Visit and enjoy prairies with friends.  

Help GHF restore prairie.


Add native plants to your garden. They are needed by native pollinating insects, they reduce erosion, and they use less water.

Apply for a scholarship to advance our understanding of prairie ecology and restoration.

Encourage your city, county, and state to include prairie remnants and native plants in park and landscaping plans.

Keep exotic invasive plants out of your yard, parks and plant nurseries. 


GHF Native Plant Sale

The GHF Plant Sale is on for 2020! This year, to ensure safety, all sales will be pre-order only, with pick-up sites planned for Lawrence, Topeka, and Johnson County. Garden-to-Go Kits and individual native plants are available. As always, GHF members receive a discount. 

Browse our list of locally-grown, neonic-free native species and plan your garden! This annual sale provides essential support for GHF's prairie education programs. GHF members receive a discount. 

UPDATE: All pre-order pickups are complete, but a few plants remain! Browse the remaining plants here! 

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Contact Grassland Heritage Foundation

PO Box 394

Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66201

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The Prairie Center, Olathe, Kansas