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KNPS Spring Board Meeting - Prairie Tour - Dinner • Harvey County

Friday, May 17th, 2019 @ 1-3pm
Dyck Arboretum of the Plains • 177 W. Hickory Street • Hesston, KS • Map

The KNPS Board will meet from 1:00-3:00 p.m., Friday May 17, 2019 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, KS.
Allow time for lunch at Water's Edge, Hesston Bakery, Lincoln Perk, El Cerrito, or Panda Kitchen in Hesston.

EXPLORE THE SMOKY HILLS WITH KNPS members and native plant enthusiasts, events include:
- Prairie Tours, Group Dining, Box Canyon and Springs Tour
- Bison Tram Tour

Friday May 17, 2019:

Meet at The Dyck Arboretum by 3:15 to caravan to a diverse Harvey County prairie from roughly 3:30-5:30. Afterward, we will dine together at a local establishment. Spend the night nearby or join us Saturday for more Smoky Hills exploration.

Saturday May 18, 2019

9:00 a.m. prairie walk at Susan Reimer's “Buffalo Hill” where moderate winter grazing and fire are used to maintain prairie health and a high diversity of flora and fauna (5 miles north of Canton to Pioneer Road and 27th Avenue, go west on Pioneer Road to dead-end parking area);

11 a.m. guided bison tram tour to view ranging bison and elk, on 2,500 acres at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge Headquarters (2565 Pueblo Rd., a mile north of Buffalo Hill as the crow flies or 3 driving miles) followed by a noon soup, salad and dessert lunch at Maxwell Headquarters. Species-rich prairie is easily accessible around the headquarters. Reservations are required for Maxwell and Box Canyon visits, see below.

1:30 p.m. private prairie tour at Elm Springs-Box Canyon (~15 miles from Maxwell) with Betty Schmidt, where starkly contrasting environments of temperature and moisture support equally different Smoky Hills plant communities.

RSVP REQUIRED by May 15 for Maxwell bison tram tour ($12 per person) and lunch ($8 per person) and the Elm Spring-Box Canyon tour. Call or email Betty Schmidt 620-628-4455 or friendsofmaxwell@yahoo.com. Space is limited, reservation required. No pets.


Hotels available in Hesston or nearby Newton.
Cottonwood Grove Campgrounds available in Hesston.

Contact: Brad Guhr brad.guhr@hesston.edu 316-217-4566

More Info: KNPS Spring Board Meeting, Tours, Bison Tram

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

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