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Symposium: Living the Land Ethic in Kansas • Harvey County

Saturday, Mar 18th, 2017 @ 8:30am-4:20pm
177 W. Hickory • Hesston, KS • Map

Symposium Purpose:
1. Introduce the concept of Leopold’s Land Ethic
2. Learn more about the elemental prairie resources that shape our Kansas economy and identity
3. Find inspiration from the practitioners who steward our Kansas natural and human resources

Early bird fee of $40 for Arboretum members/$50 for non-members (fee increases to $50/$60 March 10) includes a full day of presentations, breakfast, and lunch. To register, contact the Dyck Arboretum at 620-327-8127 / 177 W. Hickory, Hesston, KS or


Symposium Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Continental breakfast (rolls, coffee, fruit)
8:30 – 8:45: Introduction to Symposium/Introduction to Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic (Brad Guhr)

Documenting and Helping Us Appreciate the Prairie Elements

8:45 – 9:30: Prairie Soils – Rolfe Mandel (Archeology/Soils Professor, Kansas University)
9:30 – 10:15: Prairie Vegetation – Craig Freeman (Botanist/Herbarium Curator, Kansas Biological Survey)
10:15 – 11:00: Prairie Wildlife – Michael Pearce (Wildlife Photographer/Sportsman, Wichita Eagle)

Living A Land Ethic

11:00 – 12:15: Agricultural Steward of Soil and Water – Jason Schmidt (Dairy Farmer, Flint Hills Land Steward)
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.: Lunch
1:20 – 2:05: Ranching Steward of the Prairie – Pete Ferrell (Rotational Grazing Rancher, Flint Hills Land Steward)
2:05 – 2:50: Connecting People and the Land – Brian Obermeyer (Flint Hills Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy)
2:50 – 3:35: Instilling the Land Ethic in Our Children – Erin Dowell (Earth Partnership for Schools Teacher, Peterson Elementary – Wichita)
3:35 – 4:20: A Land Ethic for the Future – Wes Jackson (Founder of The Land Institute)

Contact: Brad Guhr 620-327-8127

More Info: event webpage

Sponsor: Dyck Arboretum of the Plains

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