Annual Wildflower Weekend (AWW)

Mark your calendars! Atchison, Kansas is selected as the location for the 2019 Annual Wildflower Weekend scheduled for the weekend of September 13-14-15.

This year’s theme is “A Walk in the Woodlands”. Learn and discover flora in woodland remnants in two Kansas counties, Atchison and Brown. Enjoy a full weekend of outings, Board Meeting, Membership Meeting, programs, a silent auction, photo contest, KNPS award giving, lunch, and socializing — join us! The Board meets Friday afternoon in Horton, followed by a tour of the area around Mission Lake. Mission Lake sits on the edge of an oak-hickory remnant forest with nearby wetlands in Brown County. Our main event will be in Atchison. Walks on both Saturday and Sunday will be in native woodland remnants near the bluffs of the Missouri River.

About the AWW

Every Fall KNPS has their main event of the year - the Annual Wildflower Weekend or AWW. Our membership comes together at various locations around the state from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. We go on multiple wildflower outings, hold our annual photo contest, attend presentations, and best of all - we have fun together.

AWW 2017
2017 AWW - Exploring a spectacular native plant flower bed.
Photographer: Nadine Champlin.

AWW Activities

Each year the following activities take place

  • Wildflower Walks
  • Photo Contest
  • Speaker
  • Awards presentation
  • Silent Auction

History of the AWW

Originally the Annual Meeting was composed of the membership meeting and board meeting. It was held on a Saturday and included a guest speaker. Beginning in 1997, the meeting was expanded to include Friday activities such as field trips. In 2004, the annual meeting became a three-day event beginning Friday afternoon and concluding Sunday afternoon. Because it encompassed an entire weekend and included multiple wildflower walks, the event became known as the Annual Wildflower Weekend or AWW in 2007.

Selection Guidelines

The AWW committee selects and plans the location, meeting, speakers, and outings for the AWW.

The following criteria are used to select the location.

  • City should not be in the same geographic region or eco-region as recent AWW’s
  • City must not have another large event taking place the weekend of the AWW
  • The meeting space should have a capacity of 80 to 100 people
  • Lodging should be available in the city or nearby cities
  • Locations for outings must be available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Annual Meeting Map

Map of Annual Meeting locations.

Past Annual Wildflower Weekends

40th: Wichita, Kansas
39th: Concordia, Kansas
38th: Fort Scott, Kansas
37th: Manhattan, Kansas
36th: Pratt, Kansas
35th: Salina, Kansas
34th: Winfield, Kansas
33rd: Lawrence, Kansas
32nd: Great Bend, Kansas
31st: Pittsburg, Kansas
30th: Hays, Kansas
29th: Hutchinson, Kansas
28th: Holton, Kansas
27th: Coldwater, Kansas
26th: Sedan, Kansas
25th: Topeka, Kansas
24th: Yates Center, Kansas
23rd: Lawrence, Kansas
22nd: Matfield Green, Kansas
21st: Hesston, Kansas
20th: Lawrence, Kansas
19th: Pittsburg, Kansas
18th: Lawrence, Kansas
17th: Dodge City, Kansas
16th: Lawrence, Kansas
15th: North Newton, Kansas
14th: Blue Springs, Missouri
13th: Topeka, Kansas
12th: Pittsburg, Kansas
11th: Topeka, Kansas
  • 1989 Annual Meeting
10th: Wichita, Kansas
  • 1988 Annual Meeting
9th: North Newton, Kansas
  • 1987 Annual Meeting
8th: Topeka, Kansas
  • 1986 Annual Meeting
7th: Topeka, Kansas
  • 1985 Annual Meeting
6th: Manhattan, Kansas
  • 1984 Annual Meeting
5th: Topeka, Kansas
  • 1983 Annual Meeting
4th: Topeka, Kansas
  • 1982 Annual Meeting
3rd: Topeka, Kansas
  • 1981 Annual Meeting
2nd: Topeka, Kansas
  • 1980 Annual Meeting
1st: Topeka, Kansas
  • 1979 Annual Meeting