2011 Annual Wildflower Weekend (AWW)
Lawrence, KS; September 16-18, 2011
Native plant enthusiasts from across Kansas will converge on Lawrence, Kansas, September 16–18, for the Kansas Native Plant Society’s 33rd Annual Wildflower Weekend. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Native Plants and Landscapes of Northeast Kansas.” The meeting will be a unique opportunity to explore and learn about the amazing diversity of native plants and their habitats in northeast Kansas, where the forest and grassland biomes of North America meet. Visits to a variety of prairie, forest, and wetland sites are planned.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to join us for some or all of the events throughout the weekend.
Print the itinerary, make your hotel reservations, and pay your meal reservations (send a check or pay online), and come to the AWW!
The Itinerary includes tour locations, weekend schedule, and photo contest rules as well as hotel listings, restaurant listings, and the meal reservations form.
If you plan to eat with us on Friday and/or Saturday, you need to pay in advance.
The photo contest is a popular part of the AWW. We encourage all members to enter photos. For more information see the Photo Contest Rules & Categories.
Use these maps to help you find the various locations where we will be meeting.
- Google map of Armitage Education Center (Friday)
- Google map of Raymond Nichols Hall (Saturday)
- Google map of Prairie Park Nature Center (Sunday)
- Google map of Baker Wetland Restoration Site (Sunday)
- Google map of Coblentz Prairie (Sunday)
Friday, September 16
- 1:00 pm Fall Board Meeting at the Armitage Education Center, University of Kansas Field Station (board members only)
- 3:20 pm Presentation: “The University of Kansas Field Station” by Dr. W. Dean Kettle, Associate Director, KU Field Station
- 3:45 pm Hiking along any of the 8 nature trails at the KU Field Station; guides will lead hikes along several trails (a plant list will be available on the KNPS website @ www.ksnps.org); attendees also may wish to visit the nearby KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden
- 6:00 pm Catered barbecue at the Armitage Education Center – bring a folding chair if you wish to eat outdoors
Saturday, September 17
- 8:30 am Registration on the first floor of Raymond Nichols Hall (Space Technology Center), University of Kansas West Campus. Nichols Hall is located at 2291 Irving Hill Drive, immediately south of the Lied Performing Arts Center and west of Pioneer Cemetery. Parking is available on the northeast side of Nichols Hall. Coffee, tea, and pastries available. Set up Silent Auction, Photo Contest, and Merchandise Displays.
- 9:00 am Annual Business Meeting – Apollo Auditorium
- 9:45 am Awards & Election
- 10:15 am Refreshment break. Silent Auction continues.
- 10:45 am Presentation: “Roadside Kansas: a Traveler’s Guide to its Geology and Landmarks” by Rex Buchanan, Interim Director, Kansas Geological Survey and co-author of Roadside Kansas
- 11:45 pm Break
- 12:00 pm Catered lunch
- 1:00 pm Carpool to Leavenworth County prairies (a plant list will be available @ www.ksnps.org)
Sunday, September 18
Google map of Baker Wetland Restoration Site
- 9:00 am Meet at Prairie Park Nature Center
- 10:20 am Travel to Baker Wetland Restoration Site
- 11:30 am Lunch – on your own
- 1:30 pm Tour Coblentz Prairie located in the Clinton Wildlife Area
For more details see the 2011 AWW Itinerary (PDF).
Attendees may hike as many as eight nearby nature trails at the Field Station to visit the Rockefeller Prairie, Kaw Valley Overlook, and Fitch Natural History Reservation. Attendees also may visit the nearby KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden.
Leavenworth County Private Prairies
These prairies contain a rich diversity of plants and are managed as hay meadows. Portions of each prairie have been left un-hayed just for our visit! Two tracts will be visited, each with a unique array of prairie plants. The owner is a lifetime KNPS member.
This 71-acre park includes a 9-acre remnant prairie behind the nature center, a pond, and paved and rough trails. The nature center hall does not open until 1 pm, but the trails will be open.
This 140 acre site is being restored to wetlands. In the 1800's it was converted from wetlands to agriculture. In 2008 the process of restoring the wetlands began.
This glaciated tallgrass prairie offers diverse native plants (over 270 species) as well as uncommon birds like Henslow's Sparrow, notable insects like Golden Byssus skippers, and interesting rocks like Sioux Quartzite. The prairie overlooks the Coblentz marsh.
Plant lists are being provided for the tour sites. There is a separate list for each day. Three different sorts are provided for each list.
- Friday plant list, sorted by common name (PDF)
- Friday plant list, sorted by family name (PDF)
- Friday plant list, sorted by scientific name (PDF)
- Saturday plant list, sorted by common name (PDF)
- Saturday plant list, sorted by family name (PDF)
- Saturday plant list, sorted by scientific name (PDF)
- Sunday plant list, sorted by common name (PDF)
- Sunday plant list, sorted by family name (PDF)
- Sunday plant list, sorted by scientific name (PDF)
The Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a full list of local attractions, accommodations, restaurants, and events in the Lawrence area. We encourage you to visit their web site to explore the local offerings. Following is a partial list of other motels and restaurants in Lawrence.
- Baymont Inn & Suites, 740 Iowa, (877) BAYMONT
- Best Western, 2309 Iowa; (800) 235-7997
- Days Inn, 730 Iowa; (785) 841-6500
- Eldridge Hotel, 701 Massachusetts, (800) 527-0909
- Hampton Inn, 2300 W 6th St; (800) HAMPTON
- Holiday Inn & Convention Center, 200 McDonald Drive; (800) HOLIDAY
- SpingHill Suites Lawrence, 6th & New Hampshire; (888) 287-9400
Help us publicize the event by printing and displaying the 2011 AWW Flyer (PDF).