Kansas Native Plant Society

Promoting the awareness, appreciation,
and stewardship of Kansas native plants.

Flint Hills, photo: Scott Bean
Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas - Revised 2024

News – Announcements – Happenings

The itinerary for the 2024 KNPS Spring/Summer Board Meeting and Outings – June 7-9 – Scott City area is available at this link.

Join KNPS Board Members in western Kansas to explore the Shortgrass Prairie and Smoky Hills ecoregions. We will be visiting several geologically and botanically diverse locations on properties managed by the state as well as some private properties that are open to the public. This includes Scott Lake State Park, ranked by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top 50 state parks in the country, as well as Kansas’ newest state park Little Jerusalem Badlands.

The #1 field guide, 𝐖𝐒π₯𝐝𝐟π₯𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐬 & π†π«πšπ¬π¬πžπ¬ 𝐨𝐟 𝐊𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐚𝐬, Revised and Expanded Editions, first published in 2005, has been updated in 2024 with more grasses and more plant images. It fits in your backpack and will last for many years of field use. Read about your favorite plants and peruse plants you haven’t met, yet. Β Order your copy at Β this link.

This is the book form of the #1 online resource: www.kswildflower.org.
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2024 KNPS Annual Wildflower Weekend – Membership Meeting – Β September 13 – 15 near Wilson Lake in Ellsworth, Russell and Lincoln Counties in central Kansas. Details will be posted here.
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Visit the Events Calendar to see upcoming plant sales, educational events, walks and other happenings related to native plants. Join our listserv. Submit an event.

The KNPS Plant A Prairie Program recently distributed native plant seeds to 40 schools and public gardens. Each garden received 10-12 seed packets along with sowing instructions. Many of these seeds were donated by individuals who attended the 2023 AWW in Salina.

The Native Plant Podcast has been added to the list of podcasts we have gathered for you to hear from experts and authors on many topics related to native plants.

Plant A Prairie Program

Nearly 100 native plant gardens have been awarded to schools and public garden spaces by the KNPS Plant A Prairie Program.Β  The Application period opens in the spring and plants are delivered as the school year begins each fall.Β  Β This program has been made possible by a generous donation from the Kliesen Memorial Fund.Β  June Kliesen, former KNPS board member, was a lifelong educator and her family has created a legacy so that school children could experience native plants in school gardens.Β 

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30 x 30 Plan - National Conservation Effort

The 30 x 30 National Conservation Plan – the Kansas Response .. So Far

Submitted by Michael Kaye, KNPS Policy Committee Chairman.  Download the PDF.

The Biden Administration, by Presidential Executive Order, has offered the Nation a plan for Americans to work collaboratively to conserve and restore the land, air, waters, and wildlife that support and sustain us.  The mission of the Plan, goals and actions, impacts to landowners and communities, habitat and wildlife are discussed in detail in this “Kansas Response” article.  

The “Campaign for Nature” website provides world-view research and information on the 30 x 30 Conservation Plan.