Tenalquot Prairie Preserve

Tenalquot is a 125 acre preserve near the town of Rainier and is owned by The Nature Conservancy. The land became a preserve in 2006 when it was donated by the previous owner. The preserve is comprised of mostly prairie lands and some forest.

Getting There

From I-5 north, take Exit 109 off and follow Martin Way to College Street. From I-5 south, the south, take exit 108 to College St. Head east on College Street—it will turn into Rainier Rd. after crossing Yelm Highway. Continue onto Rainier Road, staying straight as you go through the roundabouts. Travel about 9 miles, turn right onto Military Road, and follow it for about 0.5 mile. Turn right onto the gravel road marked by the "Prairie Event" sign and continue down the hill. Just past the yellow-brown house you will see the gate and driveway. The road is uneven and rough into the preserve.

about the preserve

  • The preserve is NOT open to the public.
  • South Sound Prairies conducts weekly work parties doing prairie restoration projects at various sites.  Some weeks the work is at Tenalquot Prairie Preserve.
  • Usually there are no bathroom facilities at Tenalquot.  CNLM may provide a portable toilet for some events.
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