Annual Wildflower Weekend > 2007

2007 Annual Wildflower Weekend


Hutchinson, KS on September 21-23, 2007


Print the full itinerary for the weekend (PDF)

Meal Registration

The KNPS Annual Wildflower Weekend is free and open to the public. You do not have to be a KNPS member to attend.  Please let us know you are coming and what your meal choices are. This can be done by printing the following registration form:

PDF Registration Form

The deadline for registration is September 11, 2007.  If you have questions call 785-864-3453.


The annual wildflower weekend (AWW) of the Kansas Native Plant Society will take place in Hutchinson, Kansas.

The theme this year is "Wildflowers for the Masses". This includes encounters with native plants in their habitats, using them in all kinds of plantings, and children learning about them in school.

Highlights of the weekend include:

  • Tour the Dillon Nature Center

  • Tour the Sand Hills State Park

  • Tour the Prairie Dunes Country Club

  • Receive your free KNPS Wildflower Poster

  • Participate in the Silent Auction

  • Participate in the Photo Contest

Dillon Nature Center

Surround yourself with the beauty of the great outdoors on this 100-acre "wild arboretum" designated as a National Urban Wildlife Sanctuary. Discover more than 300 species of woody plants, hundreds of varieties of wildflowers and native grasses, 200 species of birds, and a large variety of other wildlife along three miles of National Recreation trails.

3002 East 30th Ave.

Hutchinson, KS 67502

(620) 663-7411

Sand Hills State Park

Sand Hills State Park, a 1,123 acre natural area, has been preserved for its sand dunes, grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands. Popular activities at the park are hiking and horseback riding. Other activities include hunting, bird watching, wildflower walks, jogging and just simple relaxation in the country. There are 8 distinct trails within the park which are broken down into interpretive, hiking and horseback riding trails. There are 14 miles of trails which weave in between 10 to 40 feet high sand dunes, through grasslands and trees, and around ponds. Modern facilities are limited to two vault toilets.

Prairie Dunes Country Club

Prairie Dunes County Club comprises approximately 400 acres, 200 of which are the golf course proper.  About 75% of the 400 acres is native vegetation, even within the golf course.  It was established in 1937 and has changed little since then.  The area has been certified since 1993 by Audubon International as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for wildlife.  There are several programs in place to preserve native areas, including a prescribed burn program.  To get a feel for the native acreage take a virtual tour of the course on the web site.

4812 E. 30th, Hutchinson, (620) 662-0581


Every member in good standing is entitled to one of our 2' by 3' KNPS wildflower posters titled "Kansas Wildflowers - Gems of the Plains".

Silent Auction

The Silent auction fundraiser will be held during the business meeting Saturday morning, September 22.  Proceeds will benefit the programs of KNPS.  Bring a few items to donate to the auction and help KNPS prosper.  Items such as artwork, crafts, books, posters, apparel, jellies, cookies, breads are just a few of the items that would be appropriate.  This activity ends up being a good mixer for the members, and there is always some aggressive bidding on certain items.

Photo Contest

The Photo Contest is the perfect opportunity to show off your photography. Contest rules can be found in the itinerary.

Friday, September 21

1:00 pm Fall Board Meeting (Board members only)

3:00 pm All attendees meet at Dillon Nature Center, 3002 E 30th Avenue, 620-663-7411

3:15 pm Presentation: Dillon Nature Center – Jim Smith

3:30 pm Tour the Nature Center

5:00 pm Free time (Check into lodging - see suggested list below)

6:15 pm Dinner at Grand Prairie Hotel (Apollo I room), 1400 N Lorraine St., 620-669-9311

7:30 pm Presentation: “The Vegetation of the Great Plains: Places, Processes, and Plants” by Craig Freeman

8:30 pm End

Saturday, September 22   Dillon Nature Center

8:00 am Registration. Coffee, juice, and rolls. Set up Silent Auction Set up Photo Contest. Set up merchandise displays.

9:00 am Annual Business Meeting: President Jeff Hansen. Past Accomplishments. Future Plans.

10:00 am Awards. Election of new Board members.

10:30 am Refreshment break. Silent Auction continues.

10:45 am Presentation: "Helping Children Know Wild Places” by Brad Guhr

11:15 am Presentation: “Recipe for a Prairie Garden” by Scott Voigt

11:45 am Break

12:00 noon Lunch at Dillon Nature Center

1:30 pm Caravan to Sand Hills State Park

3:30 pm Exploration, shopping, and dinner on your own.

Sunday, September 23

10:00 am Meet at Prairie Dunes Country Club, 4812 E 30th Avenue, 620-662-0581

12:00 noon Lunch at the Prairie Dunes Country Club

2:00 pm Tour Bethel College’s Sand Prairie Preserve (about 20 miles east of Hutchinson)

Hotel Room Blocks

The following hotels have reserved blocks of rooms for our members.  Please mention this when making reservations.

  • America's Best Value Inn (20 rooms) Single - $55 Double - $60 620-662-6394 1315 E. 11th Hutchinson, KS
  • Hampton Inn (18 rooms) $89.95 620-665-9800 1401 1/2 E. 11th Hutchinson, KS
  • Comfort Inn (22 rooms) $89.95 620-663-7822 1621 Super Plaza Hutchinson, KS
  • Microtel Inn & Suites (10 rooms) $69.95 620-665-3700 1420 N. Lorraine Hutchinson, KS
  • Grand Prairie Hotel (20 rooms) $89.95 866-577-7527 1400 N Lorraine Street Hutchinson, KS

Other Hotel options

  • Holiday Inn Express • 620-669-5200 • 1601 Super Plaza • Hutchinson, KS
  • Best Western Sun Dome 620-663-4444 11 Des Moines South Hutchinson, KS
  • Econo Lodge 620-663-1211 15 E. 4th • Hutchinson, KS
  • Scotsman Inn 620-669-8281 322 E. 4th Hutchinson, KS

Bed & Breakfasts

  • Elisha House • 620-669-0856 • 100 Crescent BoulevardHutchinson, KS
  • Prairie Moon • 620-662-83431403 N. MainHutchinson, KS
  • The Painted Garden620-665-6100408 E. 1st AveHutchinson, KS

Hutchinson Attractions

  • Kansas Underground Salt Museum
  • Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
  • Historic Fox Theatre
  • Dillon Nature Center
  • Carey Park
  • Hutchinson Zoo
  • Hedricks Exotic Animal Farm
  • Hutchinson Art Center
  • Kansas Kids Museum
  • Kansas Splashdown Indoor Water Park
  • Reno County Museum
  • Salt City Splash Aquatic Center