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Smoky Valley Ranch Visitors Day • Logan County

Saturday, Jun 7th, 2014 @ 9am-6pm
Smoky Valley Ranch • 1114 County Road 370 • Oakley, KS • Map

Public Invited to Attend Event to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Everyone is invited to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of The Nature Conservancy in Kansas being held at the 17,000 acre Smoky Valley Ranch in Logan County, Kansas. Rugged and remote, the ranch represents the beautiful shortgrass prairie of western Kansas. In addition to the dramatic chalk bluffs that overlook the Smoky Hill River valley, visitors to the ranch may see, pronghorn, mule deer and white-tail deer, ferruginous hawks, burrowing owls, golden eagles, jack rabbits, badgers, swift fox and prairie dogs. The ranch is also part of the effort to reintroduce endangered black-footed ferrets.

In addition to its diverse wildlife, Smoky Valley Ranch holds a rich cache of geological, archeological, and human history including the chalk badlands along the river. A rich fossil record and accounts of historical figures like Charles Fremont, Kit Carson, Wild Bill Hickok and General George Custer riding the Smoky Hill Trail that runs through the ranch are also a part of its history.

The event’s activities include a driving tour that will feature how the Conservancy’s long-term management makes the ranch into a model of shortgrass prairie conservation. Tour participants will also discuss how the ranch has been a site for several research projects.
The ranch is located approximately 30 minutes south of Oakley.
Other activities include a hike that will take visitors to scenic and diverse sites on the ranch and presentations about the history of the ranch, including the role of Native Americans and bison.

Lunch will be provided for this event. To get an accurate food count, we ask that attendees RSVP to the Kansas office at sstacy@tnc.org or 785-233-4400 by Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

Directions: Travel south of Oakley on Highway 83 11 miles. Head west on Seneca Road 7 miles. Turn south again on 370th Road, travel approximately 7 miles until you reach the ranch headquarters entrance sign. The Google Map marker is incorrect.

Contact: Shelby Stacy sstacy@tnc.org 785-233-4400

More Info: 25th Anniversary Event

Sponsor: The Nature Conservancy of Kansas

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