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Prsentation: Wildflower Slideshow & Guide to Growing Native Plants • Lyon County

Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014 @ 6:30pm
Emporia Public Library • 110 E 6th Ave • Emporia, KS • Map

Join KNPS's Emporia Region Leader & wildflower expert, Glenn Fell, for a slideshow of native wildflowers found in the Emporia area. He will also give advice on growing native plants as well as information about the Kansas Native Plant Society. Meet at the Emporia Public Library. Contact Glenn if you plan to attend.

Contact: Glenn Fell 620 794 8478

More Info: Emporia Region of KNPS

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

Spring Flora Kansas: Great Plains Plant Bazaar • Harvey County

Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014 to Monday, Apr 28th, 2014 @ 1pm
Dyck Arbortetum of the Plains • 177 West Hickory Street • Hesston, KS • Map

Kansas' largest native plant sale offering many species of wildflowers and grasses many of which are rare in cultivation. A large selection of adaptable perennials is also available.

Thursday, April 24, 1 – 7 PM-*Members Only*
Friday, April 25, 8 AM – 7 PM- Public Sale
Saturday, April 26, 8 AM – 2 PM-Public Sale
Sunday, April 27, Noon – 4 PM-Public Sale
Monday, April 28, 8 AM – 6 PM-Public Sale

Contact: Scott Vogt 620-327-8127

More Info: FloraKansas Plant List

Sponsor: Dyck Arboretum of the Plains

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Webster Reservoir Wildflower Walk #1 of 4 • Rooks County

Saturday, Apr 26th, 2014 @ 10am-noon
Webster State Park • 1210 Nine Rd. • Stockton, KS • Map

Join KNPS region leader Chelsea Erickson and her husband Donald at Webster Reservoir to observe wildflowers. Four walks are planned throughout the spring and early summer, so you will see different flowers on each walk. Plan to attend all four walks to see the changing flora. Park staff have recently expanded Coyote Trail so there are new opportunities to explore! Join us for a wonderful outdoor experience! The group will congregate at the park’s northeast entrance headquarters building at 10:00 am and plan for a 2 hour excursion each time. Bring a picnic lunch if you wish to continue exploring the area beyond the allotted time period.

Webster Reservoir is located just south of Highway 24, about 8 miles west of Stockton. A State Park permit is required to enter the park. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for hiking, bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen. Contact Chelsea if you plan to attend.

Contact: Chelsea Erickson 620-290-3918

More Info: Webster State Park

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

Missouri Prairie Foundation Spring Plant Sale #2 • Missouri

Saturday, Apr 26th, 2014 @ 8am-1pm
City Market • 5th & Walnut • Kansas City, MO • Map

The Missouri Prairie Foundation's annual native plant sale will be held the last two Saturdays in April: April 19 and April 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the City Market, 5th and Walnut, Kansas City, MO.
The second sale will have native woodland plants, shrubs, and plants from Missouri Wildflowers Nursery and prairie plants from Applied Ecological Services.
Proceeds will benefit MPF and will help protect Missouri prairies.

Contact: Doris Sherrick 816-716-9159

Sponsor: Missouri Prairie Foundation

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Flint Hills Sustainability Fair • Lyon County

Saturday, Apr 26th, 2014 @ 9am-1pm
Flint Hills Technical College Campus • 3301 W. 18th Avenue • Emporia, KS • Map

The Emporia Region of the KNPS will have a table at this fair. Contact Glenn if you would like to help.
The Flint Hills Sustainability Fair is a free community event for you and your families to learn about green living. We are excited to announce that the Farmers Market will be at the event again this year! To find out how your business or organization can participate, please contact Amy Becker with Flint Hills Technical College at 341-1335.

Contact: Glenn Fell

More Info: Flint Hills Technical College

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

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Smoky Valley Ranch Tour • Logan County

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 @ 1-5:30pm
Smoky Valley Ranch • 1114 County Road 370 • Oakley, KS • Map

Matt Bain will provide overview of what TNC is doing at the ranch.
1:30-5:30: carpool to 3 or more sites on the ranch to see shortgrass prairie, mixed-grass prairie, and riparian habitats.
The following day there will be a tour of Scott Lake. Lodging is available in Oakley and Scott City.
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. Note: The address for the headquarters is for the mail box which is 5 miles from the headquarters. On 3/19/14 the Google Map marker was incorrect.

Contact: Craig Freeman

More Info: Smoky Valley Ranch

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

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KNPS Spring Board Meeting • Logan County

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 @ 10am-12pm
Smoky Valley Ranch • 1114 County Road 370 • Oakley, KS • Map

The Spring board meeting will be held at the conference area of shop at ranch headquarters. KNPS members are welcome to attend the board meeting. After the meeting there will be a tour of the Smoky Valley Ranch which is owned by the The Nature Conservancy.
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. Note: The address for the headquarters is for the mail box which is 5 miles from the headquarters. On 3/19/14 the Google Map marker was incorrect.

Contact: Craig Freeman

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

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Wyandotte County Lake Park Spring Wildflowers #2 of 2 • Wyandotte County

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 @ 1pm
91st Street and Leavenworth Road • Kansas City, KS • Map

Join Elizabeth Petroske in exploring the woodland wildflowers at Wyandotte County Lake Park. The park's oak-hickory woodlands are full of a variety of wildflowers. This is the second of two spring tours of the park. Each tour will see different species of flowers. Meet up in the main parking lot by the Park office: take the left fork when you come in the 91st entrance at the South end of the Park. The terrain is rugged so boots and jeans are recommended.

Contact: Elizabeth Petroske

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

Seed Savers KC - Spring Plant Exchange • Missouri

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 @ 9am-12pm
Anita B Gorman Discovery Center • 4750 Troost • Kansas City, MO • Map

This free event allows people to come and share plants with one another. There will be herbs, vegetables, grains, and native plants.

Contact: Dayna McDaniel (816) 356-9892

Sponsor: Seed Savers KC Facebook

Discover Salina Naturally • Saline County

Sunday, May 4th, 2014 @ 11am-4pm
Lakewood Park • Salina, KS • Map

DISCOVER Salina's past, present, and future. DISCOVER historical characters from Salina's past. DISCOVER Salina's natural history. DISCOVER sustainable practices that will take Salina into the 21st century. Something for everyone. No cost to attend. Kid’s activities. Live entertainment. Learn about xeriscaping and rain gardens. Learn about conserving water and energy. Bee, bat, and bird boxes for sale. Rain barrels for sale. Go for a nature walk led by naturalists. Lakewood Park is an urban wildlife sanctuary and contains a re-established prairie.

Contact: Barbara Goode 785-452-9456 (Salina)

More Info: Lakewood Discovery Center

Sponsor: Salina C.A.R.E Partnership

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Lake Scott State Park Tour • Scott County

Sunday, May 4th, 2014 @ 9am-1pm
Lake Scott State Park • 520 W Scott Lake Dr • Scott City, KS • Map

9 am – meet at Barrel Springs Trout Pond parking area near the south entrance to Lake Scott State Park; instructions and carpool before entering park.
9:15-1 pm – tentative plans are to hike the Big Springs Nature Trail and vicinity and then the Timber Canyon area, including Suicide Bluffs; people may also visit the museum and pueblo ruins if they wish. Vehicles will have to pay to get into the park unless they have a state park pass.

Monument Rocks are not far from Lake Scott. If you have never had an opportunity to visit that site it is definitely worth a trip!

Contact: Craig Freeman

More Info: Scott Lake State Park

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

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Woodland Wildflower Walk along Shunga Creek • Shawnee County

Monday, May 5th, 2014 @ 6:30pm
Felker Park • 2540 SW Gage Blvd • Topeka, KS • Map

See spring woodland flowers in the woods along Shunga Creek. Volunteers have been clearing Amur honeysuckle from the woods since 2010. This invasive shrub elimates the native wildflowers. With the honeysuckle gone, the native plants will rebound. Some flowers we should see include blue phlox, Virginia waterleaf, paw paw, violets, and others. Meet at the Felker Park parking lot at the Tennis Courts off of Gage Blvd. RSVP Jeff if you plan to attend.

Contact: Jeff Hansen 785 806 6917

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

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Webster Reservoir Wildflower Walk #2 of 4 • Rooks County

Saturday, May 10th, 2014 @ 10am-noon
Webster State Park • 1210 Nine Rd. • Stockton, KS • Map

NOTE: Date change from May 17th to May 10th. Join KNPS region leader Chelsea Erickson and her husband Donald at Webster Reservoir to observe wildflowers. Four walks are planned throughout the spring and early summer, so you will see different flowers on each walk. Plan to attend all four walks to see the changing flora. Park staff have recently expanded Coyote Trail so there are new opportunities to explore! Join us for a wonderful outdoor experience! The group will congregate at the park’s northeast entrance headquarters building at 10:00 am and plan for a 2 hour excursion each time. Bring a picnic lunch if you wish to continue exploring the area beyond the allotted time period.

Webster Reservoir is located just south of Highway 24, about 8 miles west of Stockton. A State Park permit is required to enter the park. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for hiking, bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen. Contact Chelsea if you plan to attend.

Contact: Chelsea Erickson 620-290-3918

More Info: Webster State Park

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

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Old Military Trail Wildflower Walk • Jefferson County

Saturday, May 10th, 2014 @ 1pm
Casey's General Store • 150 Main Street • Ozawkie, KS • Map

Meet at Casey's in Ozawkie to carpool to the trail head, as parking is limited. The trail is rich with spring woodland wildflowers. We should see woodland phlox, may apples, and Virginia waterleaf just to name a few. If you plan to attend, please contact: Fred or Nancy Coombs 785.872.3463 


Contact: Fred or Nancy Coombs 785.872.3463

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

Barber County Wildflower Tour • Barber County

Saturday, May 10th, 2014 @ 8:30am
Medicine Lodge High School • 400 West Eldorado Avenue • Medicine Lodge, KS • Map

The Wildflower Tour begins at the High School in Medicine Lodge at 8:30 a.m. with registration. A continental breakfast is served and a short presentation is given to familiarize you with some of the flowers you will see on the tour. Then it is off to a morning wildflower identification site. After a guided tour of approximately 30 species it is off on a drive through the hills to a country park for a delicious barbecue lunch. A short drive through the scenic Gyp Hills guides us to a second identification stop with afternoon refreshments. The group will be back into town around 3:30 p.m. The fee for the Wildflower Tour is $15 per person, which covers the cost of the continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon refreshments, and transportation. Please remember that we require prepaid reservations for the Wildflower Tour. Payment is due by May 5. Send payment to Barber County Conservation District, 800 W. Third Ave Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.

Contact: Cheryl Davis (620) 886-5311

More Info: Barber Wildflower Tour Info

Sponsor: Barber County Conservation District

Restoration of Olathe Prairie Center & Survey of Wildflowers • Johnson County

Saturday, May 10th, 2014 @ 9am-11am
Prairie Center • 26235 West 135th Street • Olathe, KS • Map

Come learn about the history and methods use to restore and maintain the prairies at Olathe Prairie Center from Alaine Neelly-Hudlin, the Prairie Manager. The presentation will be followed by surveying areas in the 300 acre prairie for wild flowers. We will meet in the parking lot behind the stone house on 135th and Cedar Niles Rd. Sponsored by KSWPT & KNPS.

Contact: Edna Hamera 913-963-9149

More Info: Olathe Prairie Center

Sponsor: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Toursim

Topeka Nature Walk • Shawnee County

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 @ 6-7:30pm
Felker Park • Topeka, KS • Map

Take a nature walk and learn about birds, flowers, trees and insects from members of the Topeka Audubon Society and the Kansas Native Plant Society. Registration required. Limit 30 people. Cosponsored by the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Call 580-4540 to register.

Contact: Kimberly Sain 785-580-4540

Sponsor: Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Kaw Valley Herbs Study Group May Gathering • Douglas County

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 @ 7pm
Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence • 1263 N. 1100 Rd. • Lawrence, KS • Map

The Kaw Valley Herbs Study Group meets monthly to learn about herbs.

We explore all aspects of an herb: growing & harvesting, historical lore, culinary virtues, medicinal merits, and aromatherapy, household, and cosmetic applications.

Our gatherings are fun and educational, and jam-packed with useful information, including relevant demonstrations.

Our May focus herb is WILLOW, plus there will be two bonus presentations:
"A Virtual Weed Walk," featuring spring tonic wild herbs in season.
"Fairy Gardening with Herbs," featuring miniature gardens with herbs.
Also, you never know what you'll learn during our popular “Share, Show, and Tell” segment.

Everyone with an interest in herbs is welcome.
There is a $2 charge to cover costs (this is a non-profit group; no charge for students). No pets. Nursing babies and children over 10 are welcome.

Information & Monthly Newsletter: herbstudygroup@gmail.com

Contact: Tamara 785-331-4213

Sponsor: Kaw Valley Herbs Study Group

Tuttle Creek Lake Spring Wildflower Walk • Riley County

Saturday, May 17th, 2014 @ 10am-noon
Tuttle Creek Lake Visitor’s Center • 5020 Tuttle Creek Blvd • Manhattan, KS • Map

Plan to be a part of the spring wildflower walk at Tuttle Creek Lake, led by KNPS guides. This is an opportunity to see and learn about the spring flowers of the Flint Hills. Each participant will receive a free copy of A Pocket Guide to Kansas Flint Hills Wildflowers and Grasses to use during the hike and then take home. So we will know how many to expect for the outing, please preregister with UFM Community Learning Center 785(539-8763) or info@tryufm.org. There is no registration fee.

Contact: Paul Weidhaas 785-539-8511

Sponsor: Tuttle Creek Lake

Snyder Prairie Workday: Invasive Species Control • Jackson County

Saturday, May 17th, 2014 @ 9am
158th Rd & U Rd • Mayetta, KS • Map

GHF’s volunteer prairie management group, Groundhogs, meets at Snyder Prairie on the 3rd Saturday of each month of the year, except December. Snyder Prairie is a 140-acre tract of land composed of prairie and woods east of Mayetta, Kansas. Contact Frank to help. Work for May includes beginning invasive species control of the following: garlic mustard, bush honeysuckle, and musk thistle.

Contact: Frank Norman (785) 691-9748

Sponsor: Grassland Heritage Foundation

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Concordia Wildflower Tour • Cloud County

Saturday, May 24th, 2014 @ 1pm
Walmart Supercenter • College Drive • Concordia, KS • Map

This is an opportunity to explore a privately owned, preserved native area in north central Kansas! There is no charge and anyone can join the tour. Follow a KNPS guide and tour the property to discover wildflowers, native grasses, sedges, trees, shrubs, and more. The rare "Fremont's Clematis" can be found on this property.
What to bring: Wear sturdy shoes and long sleeves. Bring a camera, insect repellent, sun screen, hat, water, and a snack if you choose.

Where to meet: Meet in the SE corner of the Concordia Walmart Parking Lot for introductions and follow a caravan to the tour site. We will leave the Walmart parking lot at 1pm. If you are late or prefer to drive directly to the site you may follow these directions:

Directions from Concordia Walmart: Go south on Hwy 81 three miles to Noble Road. Turn and go east on Noble Road for 1.5 miles to 160th Road. Go south on 160th road for 2.5 miles. The property will be on the left, look for the American Flag.

Alternate route: Go south on Hwy 81 three miles to Noble Road, east on Noble Road 2.5 miles to 170th Road, south on 170th Road three miles to Key Road, west on Key Road 1 mile to 160th Road, north on 160th Road 3/4 mile, property is on the right. There is a good roadside spot to hunt wildflowers on 170 Road between Lark and Key Roads we can take on the way back.
One of the best ways to learn about Kansas native plants is to join tours like this. Check out the Kansas Native Plant Society's website for more events across the state and for a wealth of information on native plants: www.kansasnativeplantsociety.org. Consider joining the KNPS, anyone can join and it is a fun way to explore the state and learn the benefits of planting natives. Why is it important to plant native? Croplands and manicured lawns are not very appealing to most species of native wildlife, by planting natives you will be contributing to a more environmentally sound landscape and furnish food and cover for native birds, butterflies, and mammals. Native plants are adapted to this region and are much easier to care for and also will survive the harsh winters and fluctuations of temperatures better than tender exotic plants.

Contact: Nadine Champlin 785-285-0054

More Info: Concordia Wildflower Tour Flyer

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

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Elm Creek Lake Prairie Tour • Bourbon County

Saturday, May 24th, 2014 @ 9am
Elm Creek Lake • Hiatville, KS • Map

Located south and east of Fort Scott, Elm Creek Lake has a wonderful selection of mid spring flowers. Plan to meet at the corner of 135th and Grand; the park entrance, promptly while it's still cool. This tour will consist of driving around the lake stopping at about 5 locations to examine what is growing. A gentle walk. There are primitive bathroom available at the park. Do consider bringing water and snack/lunch for those desiring to eat there, hat, and appropriate shoes and pants for walking through grass that may be tall. Also sunblock and bug repellant(if needed). The lake I hear offers excellent fishing. The phone number for Elm Creek Lake is 620-224-8722.

Contact: Rondi Anderson 620-249-7574

More Info: Fort Scott Region of KNPS

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

Rock Springs Annual Wildflower Walk [CANCELLED] • Geary County

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 @ 9am-2:30pm
Rock Springs 4-H Center • 1168 K-157 Hwy • Junction City, KS • Map

Tour has been cancelled. Come and see the colorful spring wildflowers at Rock Springs 4-H Center! Rock Springs is located just south and west of Junction City, KS and consists of over 735 acres of land in the gorgeous Flint Hills. One of the most unique features of Rock Springs is the 2nd largest natural spring in Kansas that supplies 1,000 gallons of water a minute!

The Wildflower Walk will include morning snacks, a hot lunch at the dining hall, and a guided wildflower ID and info walk, for a cost per participant of $20. The Wildflower Walk brochure (found under ‘More Info’ below) has more information about the day’s events and also includes the registration form.

Contact: Joshua Wilson 7852573221

More Info: Wildflower Walk Brochure (PDF)

Sponsor: Rock Springs 4-H Center

Konza Prairie Annual Wildflower Walk • Riley County

Sunday, Jun 1st, 2014 @ 6pm-9pm
Konza Prairie Biological Station • 100 Konza Prairie Lane • Manhattan, KS • Map

Join us for the Annual Konza Prairie Wildflower Walk, Sunday, June 1st from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Walk the glorious Butterfly Hill trail with experienced naturalists and identify the multitude of wildflowers found on our site at this time of the year. This trail is normally not open to the public and is the best trail on the Konza Prairie for seeing wildflowers and amazing prairie vistas. Fee = $10/person (except for Friends of Konza Prairie members are free) with proceeds going to the Konza Environmental Education Program. No reservations required. Call 785-587-0381 for more information

Contact: Jill Haukos 785-587-0381

More Info: Jill Haukos

Sponsor: Friends of Konza Prairie

Earth Partnership for Schools Summer Institute • Harvey County

Monday, Jun 2nd, 2014 to Friday, Jun 6th, 2014 @ 8am-5pm
Dyck Arboretum • 177 West Hickory Street • Hesston, KS • Map

This 40-hour institute for school teachers and staff will train you in the award-winning Earth Partnership for Schools (EPS) Program that you can share with your students and colleagues for years to come. Learn to engage your students in the process of prairie gardening on school grounds, earn three hours of graduate credit, take home an extensive curriculum, eat good food for a week, and have a fun and meaningful experience at the Dyck Arboretum!

Contact: Brad Guhr (620) 327-8127

More Info: Earth Partnership for Schools

Sponsor: Dyck Arboretum

Maxwell Spring Prairie Wildflower Tour #1 of 2 • McPherson County

Saturday, Jun 7th, 2014 @ 10am
Maxwell Wildlife Refuge • 2565 Pueblo Rd. • Canton, KS • Map

Tour the prairie by tram with occassional stops to walk along the trail for viewing of the wildflowers. A ride through the Bison herd to view the spring babies included in the appx. 60 minute tour. Price per adult $8.00 plus tax. Reservations required.

Contact: Betty Schmidt 620-628-4455

Sponsor: The Friends of Maxwell

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Webster Reservoir Wildflower Walk #3 of 4 • Rooks County

Saturday, Jun 7th, 2014 @ 10am-noon
Webster State Park • 1210 Nine Rd. • Stockton, KS • Map

Join KNPS region leader Chelsea Erickson and her husband Donald at Webster Reservoir to observe wildflowers. Four walks are planned throughout the spring and early summer, so you will see different flowers on each walk. Plan to attend all four walks to see the changing flora. Park staff have recently expanded Coyote Trail so there are new opportunities to explore! Join us for a wonderful outdoor experience! The group will congregate at the park’s northeast entrance headquarters building at 10:00 am and plan for a 2 hour excursion each time. Bring a picnic lunch if you wish to continue exploring the area beyond the allotted time period.

Webster Reservoir is located just south of Highway 24, about 8 miles west of Stockton. A State Park permit is required to enter the park. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for hiking, bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen. Contact Chelsea if you plan to attend.

Contact: Chelsea Erickson 620-290-3918

More Info: Webster State Park

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

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Chase County State Lake Prairie Walk • Chase County

Sunday, Jun 8th, 2014 @ 9am
1130 Lake Road • Cottonwood Falls, KS • Map

Join us at Chase County State Lake to see amazing amounts of wildflowers, especially butterfly milkweed. This will be a leisurely informal walk to enjoy the wonders of the prairie and identify native flora. Glenn Fell will be the official "guide" but everyone's knowledge will be called upon for an informal and fun experience. This is a KNPS Emporia Region event. Please RSVP Glenn if you plan to attend. The lake is located 2 miles west of Cottonwood Falls on Lake Road.

Contact: Glenn Fell 620 794 8478

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

Identifying Native Trees • Miami County

Thursday, Jun 12th, 2014 @ 10am-noon
Wallace Park • 10 Wallace Park Drive • Paola, KS • Map

Kansas State Forester Kim Bomberger will conduct a two hour stroll through Wallace Park which contains many magnificent, mature specimen trees that are native to our area. Afterwards, KNPS members are welcome to join us for a brown bag lunch and tree-planting workshop at the Extension Office.

Contact: Lenora Larson 913-284-3360

Sponsor: MICO EMG

Pasture Management Session #4 of 7: Managing Pasture Water Supply • Washington County

Thursday, Jun 12th, 2014 @ 11:30am-5pm
TBA • Greenleaf, KS • Map

Having a reliable water supply is essential to utilizing a pasture. Learn newer techniques for delivering a clean and stable water supply including developing a spring, using a solar pump, concrete and tire tanks, limited access pond fencing, and more. There will be a live demonstration of installing gravity feed lines into an existing pond and pouring a tire tank!!!!

The 2014 Pasture Management series is designed as a complete management course for landowners and cattlemen who want to further their knowledge and skills to maintain long-term productivity of their rangelands. Each session focuses on a different topic of management and the series will provide hands-on demonstrations and tours throughout the River Valley Extension District. Cost: $60/person for entire series of meetings or $15/person for individual sessions
Prizes will be given out at each meeting and those who attend 3 or more meetings will be eligible for a Grand Prize, a $300 gift certificate to Cloud County Cooperative! (Sponsored by Cloud County Co-op)

Contact: Robin Reid 785-325-2121

More Info: Pasture Management Series Brochure

Sponsor: K-State Research and Extension

Maxwell Spring Prairie Wildflower Tour #2 of 2 • McPherson County

Saturday, Jun 14th, 2014 @ 10am
Maxwell Wildlife Refuge • 2565 Pueblo Road • Canton, KS • Map

Tour the prairie by tram with occassional stops along the trail for viewing of the wildflowers. A ride through the Bison herd to view the spring babies included in the appx. 60 minute tour. Price per Adult $8.00 plus tax. Reservations required.

Contact: Betty Schmidt 620-628-4455

Sponsor: The Friends of Maxwell

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Grant-Bradbury Prairie Walk • Shawnee County

Thursday, Jun 19th, 2014 @ 6:30pm-dark
SW University Blvd & SW Westview Rd • Topeka, KS • Map

Join KNPS for the 11th Annual walk at Grant-Bradbury Prairie Park. This 80-acre tallgrass prairie contains over 300 plant species. On this tour, you will learn and see the plants and animals of the prairie. Bring a camera because the spring wildflowers will be at their peak. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Children are encouraged to come. Jeff Hansen, wildflower expert, will lead the tour. Directions: Take Topeka Blvd south to the University Blvd intersection (stoplight), take a right. Take University west about half a mile - when the road curves south, you are at the driveway to the park gate. There is a small building at the driveway. Contact Jeff if you plan to attend. After the walk we will probably end up at the Blind Tiger Brewery.

Contact: Jeff Hansen (785) 806-6917

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

Tuttle Creek Lake Summer Wildflower Walk • Riley County

Saturday, Jun 21st, 2014 @ 10am-noon
Tuttle Creek Lake Visitor’s Center • 5020 Tuttle Creek Blvd • Manhattan, KS • Map

Plan to be a part of the summer wildflower walk at Tuttle Creek Lake, led by KNPS guides. This is an opportunity to see and learn about the summer flowers of the Flint Hills. Each participant will receive a free copy of A Pocket Guide to Kansas Flint Hills Wildflowers and Grasses to use during the hike and then take home. So we will know how many to expect for the outing, please preregister with UFM Community Learning Center 785(539-8763) or info@tryufm.org. There is no registration fee.

Contact: Paul Weidhaas 785-539-8511

Sponsor: Tuttle Creek Lake

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Coombs Prairie Restoration Tour • Jackson County

Saturday, Jun 21st, 2014 @ 1pm
18160 222nd Road • Holton, KS • Map

Tour Fred and Nancy Coombs' ongoing restoration of native grasses and forbs on their 157-year-old family farm. Highlights include reseeding of old fields, patch burning, and timber stand improvement. Directions: 6 miles east of Holton on K-116, right on X Rd, right on 222nd Road, 3/8ths mile to driveway on the right. Contact: Fred or Nancy Coombs 785-872-3463 


Contact: Fred or Nancy Coombs 785-872-3463

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

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Webster Reservoir Wildflower Walk #4 of 4 • Rooks County

Saturday, Jun 28th, 2014 @ 10am-noon
Webster State Park • 1210 Nine Rd. • Stockton, KS • Map

Join KNPS region leader Chelsea Erickson and her husband Donald at Webster Reservoir to observe wildflowers. Four walks are planned throughout the spring and early summer, so you will see different flowers on each walk. Plan to attend all four walks to see the changing flora. Park staff have recently expanded Coyote Trail so there are new opportunities to explore! Join us for a wonderful outdoor experience! The group will congregate at the park’s northeast entrance headquarters building at 10:00 am and plan for a 2 hour excursion each time. Bring a picnic lunch if you wish to continue exploring the area beyond the allotted time period.

Webster Reservoir is located just south of Highway 24, about 8 miles west of Stockton. A State Park permit is required to enter the park. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for hiking, bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen. Contact Chelsea if you plan to attend.

Contact: Chelsea Erickson 620-290-3918

More Info: Webster State Park

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

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Prairie Center Wildflower Walk • Johnson County

Saturday, Jun 28th, 2014 @ 9am-11am
Prairie Center • 26235 West 135th Street • Olathe, KS • Map

Come see the 300 acre prairie of wild flowers and spring grasses and learn the history of the Prairie Center. The Prairie Center is located west of Olathe on Santa Fe which becomes 135th street. We will meet in the parking lot by the stone house at 135th and Cedar Niles Rd. Lead by Edna Hamera and Michael Miller.

Sponsored bt the Kansas Native Plant Society and Sierra Club. You will need to sign a liability waiver for the Sierra club. Please wear sturdy shoes, sun and insect protection.
Please contact Edna Hamera @ ednahamera@gmail.com for questions

Contact: Edna Hamera

More Info: The Prairie Center

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

Pasture Management Session #5 of 7: Grass Management and Weed Control • Clay County

Wednesday, Jul 9th, 2014 @ 7:30-11am
TBA • Longford, KS • Map

Being a good grass manager is the key to long tern sustainability. Many times problems can be avoided by using proper stocking rates, seasonal grass evaluations, and rainfall monitoring. Controlling problematic weeds early with a variety of techniques will also be discussed.

The 2014 Pasture Management series is designed as a complete management course for landowners and cattlemen who want to further their knowledge and skills to maintain long-term productivity of their rangelands. Each session focuses on a different topic of management and the series will provide hands-on demonstrations and tours throughout the River Valley Extension District. Cost: $60/person for entire series of meetings or $15/person for individual sessions
Prizes will be given out at each meeting and those who attend 3 or more meetings will be eligible for a Grand Prize, a $300 gift certificate to Cloud County Cooperative! (Sponsored by Cloud County Co-op)

Contact: Robin Reid 785-325-2121

More Info: Pasture Management Series Brochure

Sponsor: K-State Research and Extension

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KNPS Summer Board Meeting • Ottawa County

Saturday, Jul 12th, 2014 @ 1-3pm
Minneapolis Public Library • 519 Delia Ave • Minneapolis, KS • Map

The Summer board meeting will be held at the Minneapolis Public Library. KNPS members are welcome to attend the board meeting. We have the meeting room starting at noon, so people can bring a lunch. After the meeting people may want to tour Rock City, a park a few miles southwest of Minneapolis with various rock formations. Prior to the meeting there will be a field outing from 10:00 to noon at a 640 acre pasture near the Ottawa County State Lake.

Contact: Mike Haddock

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

Tuttle Creek Lake Fall Wildflower Walk • Riley County

Saturday, Sep 13th, 2014 @ 10am-noon
Tuttle Creek Lake Visitor’s Center • 5020 Tuttle Creek Blvd • Manhattan, KS • Map

Plan to be a part of the fall wildflower walk at Tuttle Creek Lake, led by KNPS guides. This is an opportunity to see and learn about the fall flowers of the Flint Hills such as: boneset, tall thistle; curly cup gumweed, liatris (gayfeather); several different species of sunflowers and also goldenrods and native asters. Each participant will receive a free copy of A Pocket Guide to Kansas Flint Hills Wildflowers and Grasses to use during the hike and then take home. So we will know how many to expect for the outing, please preregister with UFM Community Learning Center 785(539-8763) or info@tryufm.org. There is no registration fee.

Contact: Paul Weidhaas 785-539-8511

Sponsor: Tuttle Creek Lake

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Allegawaho Park Prairie Walk • Morris County

Saturday, Sep 20th, 2014 @ 5pm
Dunlap Road and X Avenue • Council Grove, KS • Map

Join Glenn Fell to tour the historic Kaw Nation prairie at this 158 acre park. There are two miles of hiking trails.
Directions: Turn south from US Highway 56 on Fifth Street. Follow the main road as it turns east onto Walnut Street and then bends to the southeast. Travel 3.5 miles and turn left onto the gravel, X Avenue. Drive .4 miles and turn left on to K-525. The gravel road runs past the Kaw Agency ruins and the trail though the park starts 200 yards north of the ruins.

Contact: Glenn Fell 620 794 8478

More Info: Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

Invasive Plant Thugs • Miami County

Thursday, Sep 25th, 2014 @ 6:30pm
Miami County Extension Office • 104 South Brayman Street • Paola, KS • Map

Alan Branhagen, Powell Gardens Director of Horticulture, will discuss some of the common ornamental plants that may escape our gardens and over-run native plant communities.

Contact: Lenora Larson 913-284-3360

Sponsor: MICO Extension Master Gardeners

Protect & Serve your Over-wintering Wildlife • Miami County

Saturday, Oct 4th, 2014 @ 10am-noon
27995 Plum Creek Road • Paola, KS • Map

Homeowners may understand that native plants are necessary for wildlife as food and shelter in the spring and summer but unintentionally destroy their winter habitat and food supply when they do their fall clean-up. Learn why it is noble to leave your garden in a more natural state (code for “messy”!) until spring. Once you see the cocoons, chrysalids and nests that shelter our wild friends through the cold winter, you can make more informed clean-up decisions.
Long Lips Farm is a certified wildlife habitat and features many native plants that support our wild friends. It is located 1/2 blk South of K-68.

Contact: Lenora Larson 913-284-3360

Sponsor: KNPS

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Presentation: The Colors of Autumn • Johnson County

Sunday, Oct 5th, 2014 @ 1-3pm
Overland Park Arboretum • 8909 West 179th • Bucyrus, KS • Map

Why do plants change color in the fall? This presentation will explain the processes that reveal the vivid red, orange and yellow pigments in leaves. The Powerpoint presentation illustrates the many trees, shrubs, colorful perennials, vines and grasses that glory our area each fall.
Ken O’Dell is a master plantsman and Regional Director of the Kansas Native Plant Society. He is a frequent, favorite presenter to gardening groups throughout the area. There is a $3 fee to enter the Arboretum but the class is free.

Contact: Ken O'Dell 913-832-0745

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

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