Annual Wildflower Weekend > 2008

2008 Annual Wildflower Weekend


Hays, Kansas on October 3-5, 2008


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The theme this year is “Ethnobotany – cultural uses of native plants”.

Highlights of the weekend include:

  • Silent Auction
  • Photo Contest
  • Presentation: “Native medicinal plants of the prairie”
  • Presentation: “Dyeing wool with native plants”
  • Tour Site 1 Private Ranch north of Hays: Site of Echinacea study
  • Tour Site 2 Cedar Bluff Reservoir - Wildlife Area - Bluffs
  • Tour Site 3 Wilson Reservoir – Lucas Park - Rocktown Natural Area

Friday, October 3

1:00 pm Board members only meet: Fall Board Meeting at Sternberg Museum, Engel Education Center

3:00 pm Meet at Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays, KS 67601, 877-332-1165 Come earlier and tour the museum for $4.00 - regular price is $6.00

3:15 pm Caravan to Echinacea study area on private property near Plainville, KS for wildflower tour

5:00-6:00 pm Free time (Check into lodging)

6:15 pm Dinner at Sternberg Museum 1st floor Expeditions Room

7:30 pm Presentation: Kelly Kindscher – “The History and Impacts of Echinacea angustifolia Harvest in Kansas” in the 3rd floor Engel Education Center

8:30 pm End

Saturday, October 4

8:00 am Meet at the Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill, 3203 Vine, Hays, KS 67601, 785-628-8646, Registration. Coffee, juice, and rolls. Set up Silent Auction Set up Photo Contest. Set up merchandise displays. Sign up for “dinner on your own” with other members

9:00 am Annual Business Meeting: Past Accomplishments and future Plans.

10:00 am Awards presentation and election of new Board members.

10:30 am Refreshment break. Silent Auction continues.

10:45 am Presentation: Frank Norman – “Native medicinal plants of the prairie”.

11:15 am Presentation: Cindy Ford – “Dyeing wool with native plants”

11:45 am Break

12:00 noon Lunch at Whiskey Creek restaurant

1:30 pm Caravan to Cedar Bluff Reservoir tour site Directions: From exit 135 on I-70 (25 miles west of Hays), travel 13 miles south on K-147 to the turnoff to the main office and campground. Once everyone has arrived at the main office, we will caravan to the bluffs area. Exploration, shopping, and dinner on your own.

Sunday, October 5

10:30 am Meet at Wilson Reservoir – Rocktown Natural Area in Lucas Park Directions: From I-70, take K-232 across dam to Lucas Park. Enter the park, turn right at the fee booth (towards Lucas Point) and continue to the signed trailhead parking lot. Bring a sack lunch for lunch on the prairie.