The Prairiewood Story Reservations & Availability

the Katzenmeir family

Kail, Becky, Emily, Gabriel and Anna




Julie Kiracofe
Reservations Coordinator





We fell in love with the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie when we each came to Manhattan to attend Kansas State University. Now, some 20 years later after graduating, we have made the Flint Hills our home - and Prairiewood our labor of love. Together with our three children, we enjoy the charm of Manhattan living, KSU sports, and the great outdoors of this special place.

Prairiewood is very unique and very versatile. We strive to make it intentionally intimate, unusually private, and thoroughly welcoming. While just next to town, there is feeling of being a million miles away. The land has a subtle yet profound beauty that tends to calm our nerves and inspire our dreams. We take great pleasure in sharing this very special place which we so love.

Kail & Becky Katzenmeier


I have admired Prairiewood Retreat and Preserve for many years. As a born-and-bred Kansas girl, with K-State roots, I feel most at home in the Flint Hills. I love the mission that Kail and Becky have to preserve our tallgrass prairie while also providing places for people to enjoy this incredible setting. I have dreamed of a chance to plan an event or celebration at one of these amazing properties – and in 2016 I did just that when my daughter Jillian was married at Prairiewood! As the Reservations Coordinator, I am here to help you find the perfect Prairiewood setting for your special event. Whether it is a meadow wedding, a family reunion, couples getaway or weekend with friends, we have breathtaking spaces for life and I love sharing them.

Julie Kiracofe