Annual Wildflower Weekend > AWW 2014

2014 Annual Wildflower Weekend (AWW)

Location

36th Annual Wildflower Weekend; Pratt, KS; September 19-20-21, 2014

About the 2014 AWW

AWW 2013
KNPS members exploring Buffalo Hill Prairie at the 2013 Annual Wildflower Weekend

Anyone who has been to the AWW knows it is the highlight of the year for those who love native plants, exploring Kansas plant communities, and enjoy being around people with the same passion.

Pratt is located in the High Plains physiographic area - sandwiched between the Arkansas River Lowlands and the Red Hills. The area is a rolling plain of green grassland and farm ground.  Fed by crystal clear springs, the Ninnescah River passes on the south side of Pratt. To the north lie sand hills and dunes that are thought to mark the ancient course of the Arkansas River.

We also will venture into the Red Hills. This region, also known as the Gypsum Hills, is marked with beautiful prairie vistas, rich grazing lands, pristine springs and streams, gypsum-capped buttes, and deep red canyon walls. Both areas host a rich variety of plants and wildlife.

This area has received substantial rainfall during June/July so the wildflower outlook looks promising.

Last Year's AWW Gallery

Never been to an AWW? See what it's all about by viewing the 2013 AWW Gallery.

Printable AWW Itinerary

The 2014 AWW Itinerary Mailer (PDF, 8 pages) is sent via USPS to all KNPS members about a month before AWW weekend. It includes a weekend schedule, tour locations and directions, meal information, as well as hotel listings and the registration form. If you are not a member of KNPS, you can print the AWW itinerary and register. We welcome non-members to attend.

Registration

Registration is required to attend the weekend. If you are planning to attend send in the 2014 AWW Registration Form along with your check. You can also Pay & Register Online for the 2014 AWW. The registration form is included in the Printable AWW Itinerary.

Photo Contest

The photo contest is a popular part of the AWW. We encourage all members to enter photos.

In 2014 the photo contest is all digital. Photos will not be printed as in the past but sent to us digitally on an Internet site Shutterfly.com. See the Photo Contest for all rules, categories, upload instructions, and historic winners.

Silent Auction

The Silent Auction will be held during the business meeting on Saturday morning. Silent auctions use bidding sheets instead of an auctioneer. Bring a few items to donate to the auction and place on the tables reserved for the silent auction. You will write the name of the item along with a starting bid on the supplied bidding sheet. Artwork, crafts, books, posters, clothing, jellies, and baked goods are just a few of the items that have been donated in the past. Proceeds will go to the General Fund of KNPS.

Bidding begins as items are placed on the silent auction tables. There will be breaks during the annual meeting when you can check on items you are bidding to be sure you are the highest bidder. At the end of the meeting, the auction closes. You will check to see which items you won, and take them to the registration table to pay.

Book Raffle

Every year we have a book raffle. This year's book is Field Guide to the "Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska" by KNPS board member and charter member Iralee Barnard. Funds raised by the raffle go towards the KNPS General Fund.

Schedule

Friday, September 19

  • 11:30 am Board lunch in Pratt Community College Cafeteria, Riney Student Center. Pratt Community College is located on the east side of KS-61, 0.6 mi north of the intersection with US- 54/400, on the northeast side of Pratt.
  • 12:00 pm Board Meeting, Pratt Community College, Riney Student Center Room 312-314, Park in parking lot east of Riney Student Center north of the ball park (non-board members welcome)
  • 2:00 pm Meet in front parking lot of Pratt Community College to caravan to Pratt Education Center, located at 512 SE 25th Avenue (2 miles east, 1 mi south of Pratt)
  • 2:15 pm Tour at Pollinator Garden and KDWPT Pratt Education Center
  • 3:00 pm Bus/caravan to Alexander Ranch
  • 4:00 pm Tour Alexander Ranch near Sun City
  • 6:00 pm Dinner at Buster's, Sun City. Place your order when you arrive.

Saturday, September 20

  • 8:00 am Registration, Lobby of Benson Education Center, Pratt Community College. Parking is available in the lots located west of the building. Coffee, juice, and pastries available. Set up & begin Silent Auction.
  • 8:30 am Welcome, AWW logistics, Annual Business Meeting, , special presentation by President Mike Haddock
  • 9:30 am Awards, Photo Contest, Election
  • 10:15 am Break. Silent Auction continues
  • 10:30 am Craig Freeman presentation on Penstemons
  • 11:00 am Iralee Barnard presentation on Grasses
  • 11:30 am Lunch, Cafeteria, Riney Student Center. Pay at cafeteria
  • 12:00 pm Silent Auction Ends, Pay for items by 12:30
  • 12:30 pm Lunch Ends
  • 12:45 pm Meet in front parking lot of PCC to caravan to tour sites. We have a bus reserved.
  • 1:30 pm Arrive at Ed & Manda Bricker Ranch
  • 3:15 pm Leave Bricker Ranch
  • 3:30 pm Arrive at Koger Ranch
  • 4:45 pm Depart Koger Ranch
  • 5:45 pm Arrive back at Holiday Inn Express parking lot
  • 6:30 pm Dinner at Club D’Est, 202 S Main Street, Pratt

Sunday, September 21

  • 9:00 am Meet at Holiday Inn Express, 1903 Paulene Place, and caravan to Hamm Prairie
  • 9:10 am Arrive at Hamm Prairie
  • 10:30 am Depart Hamm Prairie for site to be announced at the meeting

Meals

Three meals are planned as a group. We don't need your meal reservations but we do need a headcount as to how many people will be eating at each venue. You will order and pay for your meals at each venue. Meals and Choices are as follows.

  • Friday Dinner at Buster's, Sun City. Meal choices include hamburger, cheeseburger, pulled pork sandwich, sliced brisket sandwich, choice of 1 side: french fries, baked beans, coleslaw. Prices range from $5 to $20.
  • Saturday Lunch at Pratt Community College cafeteria, one price $5.25 for sandwiches to full meals, including drinks & dessert.
  • Saturday Dinner at Club D'Est, Pratt, choice of 14 appetizer options: 8 salad choices, 8 gourmet hamburgers, 10 signature sandwiches, 10 steak meals, 5 chicken meals, 6 seafood meal choices. Prices range from $10 to $20.

Accommodations

  • *Holiday Inn Express & Suites • 1903 Pauline Place, Pratt • 620-508-6350holidayinnexpresspratt@gmail.com • A block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate of $92 for a king or two queens. When calling ask for “block reservations for KNPS” immediately so it doesn’t send you to their national booking service who won’t know about the special rate. Rooms will be blocked until August 19. After that they will honor this rate on a space available basis, but you will still have to ask for KNPS rates.
  • *Comfort Suites • 704 Allison Lane, Pratt • 620-672-9999
  • *Best Western Plus • 112 NE State Route 61, Pratt • 620-508-6466
  • Super 8 Pratt1906 East 1st Street, Hwy 54/Hwy 61 South, Pratt • 620-672-5945 • super8prat@yahoo.com
  • Days Inn Pratt • 1901 E First Street, Hwy-54 East, Pratt • 620-672-9465 • prattdaysinn@gmail.com
  • Motel 6 (formerly Regency Inn & Ramada Inn) • 1401 W Hwy 54, Pratt • 620-672-9433 • motel6pratt@hotmail.com
  • Pratt Budget Inn • 1631 E First Street, Pratt • 620-672-6468 • budgetinnpratt@gmail.com
  • American Inn • 1336 E First Street, Pratt • 620-672-6407
  • Bunkhouse Bed & Breakfast at Wildfire Ranch • 1374 NE Goldenrod, Medicine Lodge • 620-729-4788 • (20 miles from Pratt)
  • The Evergreen Inn Motel & RV Park • 20001 W. US Highway 54, Pratt • 620-672-6431
  • Pratt County Veterans Memorial Lake RV Park & Campground • 2 Miles East of Pratt on 54/400 Highway, South on K64

*Motels with the asterisk are new in the last couple years

All motels have some type of breakfast & free Wi-fi.

Compare Pratt Hotels on Tripadvisor

Speakers

KNPS member, Craig Freeman will present an overview of his work on the beardtongues (Penstemon) of North America. Called beardtongues because of the hairy, sterile stamen in the corollas of many species, Penstemon is the third largest genus of flowering plants in North America north of Mexico. Admired for their showy flowers and often dazzling displays, and of interest to evolutionary biologists because of the multiple, independent evolution of hummingbird-pollinated species, more than 280 species of beardtongues are recognized.

Charter KNPS member, Iralee Barnard will discuss grasses and her new book "Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska." Her book is filled with color photos and clearly described identification tips, distribution maps and illustrated glossary all to make grass-finding easy. Also learn why grasses are important, how they grow, and their unique or interesting features. Iralee will have her book for sale and be available for a book signing.

Friday Afternoon Tour Site #1

KDWPT Pratt Education Center, Pratt

We will tour the pollinator garden and the education center. The emphasis of the Pratt Education Center is to discover the wildlife of Kansas. Numerous displays, dioramas, and exhibits provide close encounters with the native birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles of Kansas.

Friday Afternoon Tour Site #2

Ted Alexander Ranch, Sun City

The Alexander ranch covers 7,000 acres in the Gypsum Hills in Barber County and has been held by the same family for over 100 years. Ted Alexander arrived in 1980 and has made steady improvements to the land that has had far reaching impacts for the plants, wildlife, and watershed as a whole. Ted has taken a property that was between 50-80% covered with cedars to rangeland in high to excellent state. The Alexander Ranch's declaration of purpose is to manage all integrated resources in order to maximize the production of protein, shape a harmonious existence with nature, and maintain economic viability.

Saturday Morning Annual Meeting

Benson Education Center, Pratt Community College, Pratt

Saturday's meeting location is Pratt Community College. The annual meeting, presentations, silent auction, and photo contest will be held in the Benson Education Center at Pratt Community College. The Benson Education Center is the main building located on the west side of campus. Parking is available in the lots located on the west side of the building. You can print the Pratt Community College Map. We will have coffee, juice, and pastries available.

KNPS member Craig Freeman will present an overview of his work to prepare a taxonomic treatment for Penstemon for the Flora of North America project.   Called beardtongues because of the hairy, sterile stamen in the corollas of many species, Penstemon is the third largest genus of flowering plants in North America north of Mexico.  Admired for their showy flowers and often dazzling displays, and of interest to evolutionary biologists because of the multiple, independent evolution of hummingbird-pollinated species, more than 280 species of beardtongues are recognized. 

Charter KNPS member, Iralee Barnard will discuss grasses and her new book "Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska." Her book is filled with color photos and clearly described identification tips, distribution maps and illustrated glossary all to make grass-finding easy. Also learn why grasses are important, how they grow, and their unique or interesting features. Iralee will have her book for sale and be available for a book signing.

Saturday Afternoon Tour Site #1

Ed & Manda Bricker Ranch, Sun City

The Brickers purchased the historic Freeman Ranch in October of 2012. It totals about 6,000 acres of pasture for their cow/calf operation and farm ground on which they plant mostly wheat. The Medicine River and Elk Creek run through the ranch. There is a 1,000 foot elevation change from the sandy, loamy river bottoms to the gypsum and sandstone rocky mesa tops.  The Brickers are utilizing an NRCS ranch restoration plan to take it back to a more native state, including removal of invasive cedar trees. The ranch supports a great variety and abundance of native wildflowers.

Saturday Afternoon Tour Site #2

Ed & Kay Koger's Hashknife Ranch, Sun City

The Hashknife Ranch, covering several thousand acres, is a working angus cattle ranch, with carefully managed grass. Fertile fields line the many river and creek bottoms. It also has an abundance of wildlife that lures hunters to the ranch. The rolling hills and unique sandstone formations are home to an abundance of wildflowers. This ranch has been in the family for over 100 years.

Sunday Morning Tour Site #1

John Hamm Prairie, Pratt

This is a sand prairie site and was not pastured last year.

Sunday Morning Tour Site #2

John Wilson Ranch, Pratt

A prairie near Pratt.

Publicity

The following publicity items are available to help promote the AWW.

Information about the weekend has been published in the following.