Several prairies are very easy to visit and can accommodate all ages and abilities. Two of the largest prairies in the South Puget Sound are managed by Washington state and are open to the public. Directions to these prairies are given below. You might also want to visit Thurston County's Glacial Heritage Preserve, which is open on a limited basis. A good way to visit Glacial Heritage, or any of the other prairies is to join a volunteer group. For more information please see our volunteer page.
Many prairie enthusiasts believe that the wildflower displays of May and early June are the best times on the prairies. The acres and acres of purple camas flowers are always a sight. Yet each season has its draw. Spring has wildflowers and the possibility of a rare butterfly. Summer can also have fantastic butterfly displays and the hot dry days are a pleasure. Fall brings rains, a turn in the color of oak leaves and is a great time to help with a restoration project. The open skies of a sunny, winter morning or afternoon can make a visit worthwhile.
Another opportunity to visit the prairies and work with others concerned for their preservation and restoration is the annual Prairie Appreciation Day. Please see the website to learn about the next event.