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2016 AWW Press Release

August 15, 2016

Kansas Native Plant Society Announces Plans
For 2016 Annual Wildflower Weekend

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

The Kansas Native Plant Society (KNPS) will host its 38th Annual Wildflower Weekend September 16-18, in Fort Scott, Kansas. Native plant lovers (both members and guests) are invited to join us for a variety of outings and events in the Fort Scott region, focusing on the spectacular fall wildflowers and grasses in southeast Kansas. Our theme for this year’s meeting is “Stewardship.”

On Friday, Sept. 16, attendees will have an opportunity to visit Fort Scott National Historic Site's prairie and attend the KNPS board meeting. Come learn the history of guarding the frontier, the efforts to replicate the landscape that once lay south of the Fort, and to botanize on the prairie. The Friday evening event will be at the Hedge’s Prairie Patch, a family-coordinated project, and will include a wildflower walk.

The KNPS annual meeting Saturday morning, Sept. 17, at Fort Scott Community College Ellis Fine Art Center will include awards, a silent auction, and a photo contest. The guest speaker, Betty Betros, is a renowned Kansas City butterfly expert. There will be two afternoon field excursions: Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge, which supports regionally rare floodplain hardwood forests, the Mine Creek prairie reclamation work along Mine Creek, and Dingus Natural Area for a hike through oak-hickory and maple-basswood forests, and limestone glades.

Field trips on Sunday morning, Sept. 18, include two sites in Bourbon County: the Lyon's Prairie CRP restoration, and Bourbon County State Park Waterfalls and Wildlife Area.

A detailed itinerary, field trip locations, photo contest instructions, reservation form, and a list of local motels appear on the KNPS web site, Registration is required: the registration fee is $10 for KNPS members and $20 for non-members.

The Kansas Native Plant Society, organized in 1978 and with more than 850 members, encourages awareness and appreciation of the native plants of Kansas by promoting education, stewardship, and scientific knowledge. Learn more at

Rondi Anderson
2016 AWW Coordinator