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2016 Annual Wildflower Weekend (AWW)

Location

38th Annual Wildflower Weekend • Fort Scott, Kansas • September 16-18, 2016

About the 2016 AWW

AWW 2015
KNPS members exploring the Konza Prairie at the 2015 Annual Wildflower Weekend

The 38th Kansas Native Plant Society Annual Wildflower Weekend (AWW) celebration is upon us. Mark your calendars for September 16-18 to visit Fort Scott, Kansas. If you are new to KNPS or haven’t attended before, AWW is the highlight of the year for everyone interested in native plants. Join fellow native plant enthusiasts as we explore native plant communities in southeast Kansas. This year’s theme is “Stewardship”, with forays planned in diverse settings over three days.

We will visit locations with vegetation benefitting from sound stewardship and conservation activities. Bourbon and Linn Counties host a variety of ecosystems from oak savannah hillsides to shallow soil prairies, and riparian and hardwood lowlands.

Betsy Betros, well-known, Kansas City-based butterfly expert, will be our speaker Saturday morning. She will discuss the fascinating relationships between plants and insects.

Returning members look forward to traditional activities, including the presentation of Annual Awards, the display of outstanding photographs in the Photo Contest, and the fun of placing bids and winning items in the Silent Auction. The Photo Contest, open to KNPS members only, is conducted online [Rules and instructions for submitting photos.] The Silent Auction, held during the business meeting on Saturday morning, benefits the programs of KNPS. Bring a few items to donate to the auction and help support KNPS. Artwork, crafts, books, posters, clothing, jellies, decorative arrangements, and baked goods are a few of the items that have been donated in the past.

Printable AWW Itinerary

The 2016 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 2016 AWW registration form along with your check. Or you can register and pay online. A registration form is also included in the Printable AWW Itinerary.

Photo Contest

The photo contest, running from August 11th to September 5th, is a popular part of the AWW. We encourage all KNPS members to enter photos. (Deadline: Sept. 5th)

In 2016 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

During the Saturday morning meeting at the AWW there will be an opportunity to win the brand new "Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds" book, co-authored by Michael Haddock, Craig Freeman and Janet Bare.  This is a Big Beautiful Book in hardback with gorgeous color photos of over 700 native plants in Kansas.  Over 1,100 plants are described in full detail. This magnificent resource brings together the authors of the most-used field guides into a large coffee table Wish Book of native Kansas plants.  Be sure to check out this book during the Silent Auction!

Schedule

Friday, September 16

  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Visit Fort Scott NHS on your own. Admission is free.
  • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Fall Board Meeting in the Grand Hall at Fort Scott NHS (Board members required).
  • 3:30 pm Orientation to Fort Scott National Historic Site Prairie constructions by Former Head Ranger Kelley Collins and Rondi Anderson; botanize Fort Scott NHS grounds.
  • 5:00 pm Dinner at your choice of local restaurants. A room at Sharky’s Pub & Grub has been reserved. Please indicate on the reservation form if you intend to eat there.
  • 7:00 pm Caravan from Fort Scott NHS to Hedges’ Prairie Patch.

Saturday, September 17

  • 8:00 am Registration at Danny & Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the Fort Scott Community College campus. The campus is at the southwest intersection of W 18th Street and S Horton Street, on the southwest side of Fort Scott. The Fine Arts Center is near the east entrance of the campus off S Horton. Parking is free. Coffee, juice, and pastries available. Set up displays and Silent Auction.
  • 9:00 am Annual Business Meeting.
  • 9:30 am Awards, Elections, and Photo Contest.
  • 10:00 am Refreshment break. Silent Auction continues.
  • 10:30 am Presentation by Betsy Betros.
  • 12:15 pm Silent auction concludes; bidders pay for items before lunch.
  • 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm Lunch available at the Fine Arts Center (see reservation form for details).
  • 1:15 pm Caravan from the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center to Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge.
  • 3:30 pm Caravan from Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge to Dingus Natural Area.
  • 6:00 pm Dinner in Mound City or Fort Scott on your own.

Sunday, September 18

  • 9:30 am Caravan from the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center parking lot to Lyon’s Prairie.
  • 11:30 am Caravan from Lyon’s Prairie back to Fort Scott for lunch on your own.
  • 2:00 pm Caravan from Old Fort Boulevard in Fort Scott to Bourbon County State Lake.

Dining

The Fort Scott area offers a wide variety of dining options. See the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center for a complete list.

Accommodations

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center (620-223-3566) offers a full list of local attractions, accommodations, restaurants, and events in and around Fort Scott.

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Sleep Inn & Suites, 302 E Wall Street, Fort Scott (620-223- 2555). Reservations cannot be made online. To reserve a room at Sleep Inn & Suites, you must call the hotel and mention KNPS AWW by August 26th. This is an exceptionally clean and top-rated hotel of the chain; it regularly sells out on weekends, so please plan ahead. See the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center Accommodations web page for a full list of motel and B&B options.

Camping also is available at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds (in town), Gunn Park, Fort Scott Lake (in town), Lake Frances (~12 miles), Crawford State Park (~20 miles, cabins also available), and Elm Creek Lake (~15 miles, primitive camping).

Meeting & Tour Sites

Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm - Visit the Fort Scott National Historic Site on your own. The site is located on the northwest corner of the junction of Hwy 69 and 54 in Fort Scott, just north of Wall Street. Admission is free, and parking is available on the street in front of the Fort on Old Fort Boulevard.

Friday 1:00 to 3:00 pm - Board Meeting in the Grand Hall upstairs at Fort Scott NHS. Meeting room is handicap accessible.

Friday Afternoon Tour Site #1 - Gather at 3:30 pm in front of the Fort Scott NHS Visitor Center to tour the Fort’s prairies starting with an orientation to Fort Scott NHS Prairie constructions by Former Head Ranger Kelley Collins and volunteer Rondi Anderson; then botanize on Fort Scott NHS grounds.

Friday Evening Tour Site #2 - Gather at 6:45 pm at Old Fort Boulevard in front of Fort Scott NHS to leave by 7 pm for the Hedges’ Prairie Patch for a private pasture tour. Directions: To Hedges, Prairie Patch at 1904 Jayhawk Road, Fort Scott. Take Old Fort Boulevard to National. Go left/south to 6th Street. Right/west for approximately 6 blocks to Horton Street. Go left/south on Horton Street 2.1 miles to Jayhawk Road. Go right/west 2 miles. House is on the left/south side of the road. The site will be marked.

Saturday Morning Meeting Site - Gather 8:00 to 9:00 am at the Danny & Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the Fort Scott Community College Campus, 2108 S Horton Street, Fort Scott, KS. The campus is at the southwest intersection of W 18th Street and S Horton Street on the southwest side of Fort Scott. The Fine Arts Center is near the east entrance of the campus off of S Horton Street. Parking is free and available in the lots adjacent to the building. Registration, business meeting, presentations and awards, Silent Auction, and Photo Contest. Lunch will be available on site. Directions: At the intersection of Hwy 69 and 23rd Street on the south side of Fort Scott, turn west onto 23rd Street. Follow 23rd Street 0.4 miles to S Horton Street. Turn right/north on S Horton Street. Take the second left turn into the campus. The Fine Arts Center is the first building on your right. Enter the main lobby and follow signs to the meeting room.

Saturday Afternoon Tour Site #1: 1:15 pm - Gather at the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center parking lot to caravan to Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge. This is a guided tour of hardwood lowlands and other conservation sites within the refuge. The tour includes areas normally off limits to public. Directions: From Fort Scott, go north on Hwy 69 approximately 30 miles to Hwy 52 East (north of Trading Post–not Hwy 52 West, which is a mile south of Pleasanton). Turn east on Hwy 52 and go 1 mile to the Refuge Headquarters, located on the south side of the highway.

Saturday Afternoon Tour Site #2: 3:30 pm - The Dingus Natural Area, located about 3 miles west of Mound City, is a unique site with diverse habitats, flora, and fauna. The landscape is varied and hiking can be strenuous depending on how much you would like to explore. Nothing else is planned the remainder of the day so explore away. Lots of woodpeckers, mushrooms, and trees! Directions: From the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge, take Hwy 69 south to Hwy 52 West. Follow Hwy 52 West through Mound City (has 2 block jog in the road) and then southwest 2.7 miles southwest of town to Lewis Road at the top of the hill. Turn north on Lewis Road for 1.4 miles to W 750 Road. Proceed west on W 750 Road for 1 mile. The site is on the right/north side.

Sunday Morning Tour Site #1: 9:30 am - Gather at the Old Fort Boulevard to caravan to Lyon’s Prairie, a family treasure returned to near-original conditions. All but 20 acres of the Lyon’s farm was put into CRP 20 years ago. Come see the fruit of his labor. Directions: From Fort Scott travel north on Hwy 69 approximately 10.5 miles to the Hwy 31/Wagon Road exit. Go west on Hwy 31 through Fulton approximately 1 mile to Lyon’s Prairie.

Sunday Afternoon Tour Site # 2: 2:00 pm - Bourbon County State Lake (Elsmore Lake) and Wildlife Area. We will explore the falls at the north end of the lake and then the prairie and woodlands at the south end. The tallgrass prairies here intermix with oak-hickory forests. Limestone bedrock, which is close to the surface and crops out around the lake, provides habitat for a variety of drought-adapted plants. Cell phone service in and around the lake is not reliable. Directions: From Old Fort Boulevard go west to National Avenue. Go north on National Avenue approximately 1 mile to Hwy 54. Go west on Hwy 54 roughly 15 miles to Hwy 3/Uniontown exit. Go south on Hwy 3 1 mile to Maple Road. Go west on Maple Road 1.5 miles to 55th Street. Go south on 55th Street 1 mile to Limestone Road. Go west on Limestone Road 3 miles to 25th Street. Go south on 25th Street approximately 1.8 miles, where 25th Street makes a sharp turn left/east and becomes Jupiter Road. Follow Jupiter Road 0.3 mile to 30th Street. Follow 30th Street south over the Marmaton River 0.8 miles to Ivory Road. Go west/right 0.7 mile to the falls near the northeast end of the state lake. The falls are not marked! There is a driveway on the south side of Ivory Road. Park on the road and walk in. Directions: To Wildlife Area, continue west on Ivory Road to 20th Street. Go south on 20th Street along the west side of the park, sticking to the road and not into the camping areas and parking at park exit. The Wildlife Area is to north.

Tour Site Recommendations - For outdoor events we recommend wearing sturdy shoes or boots, long pants, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a hat; and bringing water. Participants acknowledge that hiking can be hazardous and that they voluntarily participate in outings with the knowledge of the risks involved. Inclement weather could limit access to some sites. Announcements will be made at the meeting venues.

Publicity

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38th Annual Wildflower Weekend • Fort Scott, Kansas • September 16-18, 2016 Register online!