Nachusa Grasslands Visitor Center & Bison Unit Public Tours
Free public tours of the Nachusa Grasslands Visitor Center and Bison Unit will be offered by TNC volunteers from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on various Saturdays from May to October 2022:
May 21 (3rd Saturday) – Sign up May 1 June 18 (3rd Saturday) – Sign up June 1 July 23 (4th Saturday) – Sign up July 1 August 20 (3rd Saturday) – Sign up August 1 September 24 (4th Saturday) – Sign up September 1 October 8 (2nd Saturday) – Sign up October 1
Tours will be limited to 10 people per tour group leader.
Up to two tours will be offered each day, depending on leader availability.
Children accompanied by adults may attend as long as they can sit safely on a bench in a truck bed.
Groups may sign up if there is enough space available.
Space will be reserved for people who have registered in advance.
Reservations will be available on a monthly basis. You can only sign up during the month that the tour is offered. Signups will be posted at 7 a.m. on the first day of each month and usually fill up quickly.
Park in the lot and climb the low hill to the pavilion, where the tour leaders will meet you.
Depending on time and interest, tours may include Visitor Center orientation, riding on benches in the bed of a truck to various areas on the preserve, walking short distances off trail over uneven ground, visiting the bison corral, and stopping at the new seed processing/science facility.
Viewing Nachusa’s bison is not guaranteed, as the herd cannot always be seen from the lanes.
Each tour will last about two hours.
Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and a hat.
Bring a water bottle, as the unshaded prairie can be very hot. A hand pump is available at the Visitor Center.
Bug repellent and sunscreen are also recommended.
If storms are in the forecast, bring rain gear.
The Visitor Center has outhouses.
Individuals with limited mobility may choose to remain in the vehicle while the rest of the group is out walking, but they must be able to climb up stairs to get in and out of a pickup truck.
Tour leaders may also ask anyone not suitably dressed to stay by the vehicle.
Tours may be cancelled due to inclement weather or the unavailability of volunteer leaders.
Please check your email for cancellation updates prior to arriving at Nachusa.
All tours are offered and overseen by The Nature Conservancy.
Guests may only attend tours if they are feeling well and are not experiencing any symptoms of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). If you need to cancel due to illness, we will try to reschedule you for a later date.
Guests should notify Nachusa Grasslands if they develop COVID-19 within two weeks of attending a tour.
Wearing face masks in the trucks is currently optional, but please bring one in case the leader or other guests request that you wear one.