Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park Mission
- “to continue to tell the story of the unique role the Battle played in the history of the American Civil War. We also will continue to preserve the landscape of the natural Kansas prairie at Black Jack.”
- Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park provides access to walking trails year round. A beautiful site for area photographers to use as the background for engagement, family reunion, and senior photos. Every other year Douglas County Boy Scout troops hold a camporee at Black Jack focusing on the history of the site.
- Weekends from May-September guided tours are available.
- Check out our Facebook site for a full listing of events and our website for more information.
Governance & Volunteers
- Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park Board of Trustees currently has 6 members so there is certainly room for more.
- Current board members include educators, a CPA, a tourism specialist and a business consultant.
- If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Board President, Martha Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Five Interesting Facts about the Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park:
- It was the first armed conflict that was fought directly over the issue of slavery.
- Black Jack got its name from a small grove of Black Jack Oaks.
- There was a town of Black Jack. It was established in 1855 and incorporated in 1857 and boasted a tavern, post office, blacksmiths, a hotel, general store, doctor’s office, schools, and two churches. By the end of the Civil War, Santa Fe Trail traffic began to dwindle and soon the town was abandoned.
- The park offers a variety of flora and fauna that attracts individuals from all over Kansas. We encourage visitors during park hours (dawn to dusk) to enjoy over 40 acres of nature trails.
- There are several natural springs on the property that have been feeding creeks since before the battle in 1856.