American Prairie

July 8, 1999 – April 26, 2005

National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Olmsted Walk

This exhibition features a pair of bison, a prairie dog colony, and more than 40 species of grasses and herbaceous plants to tell the prairie's story from biological, environmental, and cultural perspectives. A Prairie Plant Discovery Trail provides a close-up view of such plant specimens as big bluestem, bergamot, yarrow, blazing star, coneflower, and tickweed. Interpretive areas include more than 400 photographs and illustrations, bronze sculptures of prairie dogs, a life-size bison cut from steel, and 43 bas-relief sculptures of prairie plants.