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2015 Annual Wildflower Weekend (AWW)


37th Annual Wildflower Weekend • Manhattan, KS • September 25-26-27, 2015

About the 2015 AWW

AWW 2014
Prickly Pear Fruit...Yum!

Anyone who has attended the AWW in the past knows it is the highlight of the year for those who love native plants and enjoy being around people with the same passion.  This year’s theme is:  "Flint Hills Landscapes"

Outings to diverse sites in the area are planned for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  You will have the chance to botanize at Konza Prairie, enjoy views of Tuttle Creek Lake, and visit a prairie restoration.

Our speakers, Kathy Roccaforte, PhD candidate at the University of Kansas, and Shelly Wiggam, PhD candidate at Kansas State University, will discuss their prairie pollinator research projects.

Returning members look forward to these traditional activities:  presentation of Annual Awards, the display of outstanding pictures in the Photo Contest, and the fun of placing bids and winning items in the Silent Auction.

Last Year's AWW Gallery

Never been to an AWW? See what it's all about by viewing the 2014 AWW Gallery.

Printable AWW Itinerary

The 2015 AWW Itinerary Mailer (PDF, 8 pages) is sent via USPS to all KNPS members about a month before AWW weekend. It includes a weekend schedule, tour locations and directions, meal information, as well as hotel listings and the registration form. If you are not a member of KNPS, you can print the AWW itinerary and register. We welcome non-members to attend.


Registration is required to attend the weekend. If you are planning to attend send in the 2015 AWW Registration Form along with your check. You can also Pay & Register Online for the 2015 AWW. The registration form is included in the Printable AWW Itinerary.

Photo Contest

The photo contest is a popular part of the AWW. We encourage all members to enter photos.

In 2015 the photo contest is all digital. Photos will not be printed as in the past but sent to us digitally on an Internet site See the Photo Contest for all rules, categories, upload instructions, and historic winners.

Silent Auction

The Silent Auction will be held during the business meeting on Saturday morning. Silent auctions use bidding sheets instead of an auctioneer. Bring a few items to donate to the auction and place on the tables reserved for the silent auction. You will write the name of the item along with a starting bid on the supplied bidding sheet. Artwork, crafts, books, posters, clothing, jellies, and baked goods are just a few of the items that have been donated in the past. Proceeds will go to the General Fund of KNPS.

Bidding begins as items are placed on the silent auction tables. There will be breaks during the annual meeting when you can check on items you are bidding to be sure you are the highest bidder. At the end of the meeting, the auction closes. You will check to see which items you won, and take them to the registration table to pay.

Book Raffle

During the Saturday morning meeting at the AWW there will be an opportunity to win the brand new "Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds" book, co-authored by Michael Haddock, Craig Freeman and Janet Bare.  This is a Big Beautiful Book in hardback with gorgeous color photos of over 700 native plants in Kansas.  Over 1,100 plants are described in full detail. This magnificent resource brings together the authors of the most-used field guides into a large coffee table Wish Book of native Kansas plants.  Be sure to check out this book during the Silent Auction!


Friday, September 25

  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Visit the Flint Hills Discovery Center on your own.  $2 reduced admission for AWW participants.  (Cost will be $7.00 per person when you show your conference badge or a letter about the event rather than $9 per admission.)
  • 1:00 pm Fall Board Meeting at the Konza Prairie Biological Station Headquarters, Konza Meeting Hall (Board members required)
  • 3:15 pm Orientation to Konza Prairie Biological Station research by Director John Briggs.
  • 4:00 pm Botanizing on the Konza Prairie Butterfly Hill trail
  • 6:30 pm Dinner at your choice of local restaurants with other KNPS members

Saturday, September 26

  • 8:00 am  Registration at Big 12 Room in the K-State Student Union, Kansas State University.  The Big 12 Room is on the second floor of the Union.  Adjacent parking is available in the Parking Garage (cost) or in nearby university lots (free on Saturdays).  Coffee, juice, and pastries available.  Set up Silent Auction, Photo Contest, and Merchandise Displays.
  • 9:00 am  Annual Business Meeting
  • 9:30 am  Awards, Election, and Photo Contest
  • 10:00 am Refreshment break.  Silent Auction continues.
  • 10:30 am  Presentation:  If We Build it, Will They Come?: Exploring plant-pollinator interactions in the context of tallgrass prairie restoration, Kathy Roccaforte, doctoral aspirant in ecology and evolutionary biology, University of Kansas
  • 11:15 am  Presentation:  Patch-burn grazing promotes pollinator diversity in Flint Hills rangelands, Shelly Wiggam, doctoral aspirant in entomology, Kansas State University
  • 12:15 pm  Silent auction concludes
  • 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm  Lunch at the K-State Union Food Court or nearby local restaurants with other KNPS members
  • 1:30 pm  Meet at West Stadium parking lot to caravan to Tuttle Creek site
  • 3:30 pm  Caravan from Tuttle Creek site to Bob Haines pasture
  • 6:30 pm  Dinner at your choice of local restaurants with other KNPS members

Sunday, September 27

  • 9:00 am  Meet at Flint Hills Discover Center parking lot and caravan to Valerie Wright prairie restoration
  • 9:30 am  Valerie Wright prairie restoration
  • 10:30 pm  Short caravan to Konza Prairie, Shane Creek watershed
  • 10:45 to 12:30 pm  Botanize on the Konza.
  • Afternoon to 5:00 pm  Visit the Flint Hills Discovery Center on your own.  $2 reduced admission for AWW participants.


All meals are on your own. Manhattan has a wide variety of dining options.


The Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a full list of local attractions, accommodations, restaurants, and events in and around Manhattan.

Following is a list of accommodations located near Blue Earth Plaza or near Kansas State University. 

Motels near Blue Earth Plaza and the Flint Hills Discovery Center

  • Hilton Garden Inn • 410 South 3rd Street • 785-532-9116 • A block of 20 rooms has been reserved for the Kansas Native Plant Society at a rate of $104 per night.
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott • 300 Colorado Street • 785-539-2400
  • Candlewood Suites • 210 Blue Earth Plaza • 785-320-7995

Motels near Kansas State University

  • Bluemont Hotel • 1212 Bluemont Avenue • 785-473-7091 • Directly across the street from Aggieville and adjacent to the K-State campus.
  • Holiday Inn at the Campus • 1641 Anderson Avenue • 785-823-6929 • Directly across the street from the K-State Student Union, site of the Saturday meeting.

Bed & Breakfasts

There are many Camping Options around Tuttle Creek Lake.

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Our speakers, Kelly Roccaforte, PhD candidate at the University of Kansas, and Shelly Wiggam, PhD candidate at Kansas State University, will discuss their prairie pollinator research projects.

Friday Afternoon Tour Site #1

Gather at 3:00 at the Konza Prairie Biological Station Headquarters

Director Dr. John Briggs will provide an overview of the Konza Prairie Biological Station and lead a short walking tour of nearby research plots. 

Friday Afternoon Tour Site #2

Butterfly Hill at the Konza Prairie Biological Station

This non-public trail near the Konza Headquarters has been opened to KNPS AWW participants only on the day of the tour.

Saturday Morning Annual Meeting

Big 12 Room, Kansas State University Student Union

The annual meeting, program presentations, silent auction, raffle, and photo contest will be held in the Big 12 Room on the second floor of the Union.  Kansas State University Student Union is located near the intersection of 17th Street and Anderson Avenue, Manhattan, KS.  Parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to the Student Union (cost) or in nearby university lots D1, A1, or A2 (free).  See the campus map and the 2014-2015 campus parking map.

Saturday Afternoon Tour Site #1

Tuttle Creek Site

This is a very accessible and easy-walking area.  There are a variety of ecosystems (woods, prairie, wetland) in a relatively small site with a plethora of blooming plant species.  We will start at the end of the drive. 

Saturday Afternoon Tour Site #2

Bob Haines pasture

The Haines property is an excellent example of management for control of eastern red cedar and supports a wide diversity of plant species.  The landscape is varied, with upland and valley prairies as well as patches of gallery forest.

Sunday Morning Tour Site #1

Valerie Wright prairie restoration

Originally a wheat field, these 5 acres along Shane Creek have been managed for forb diversity. The plant list includes 130 native species with grasses.

Sunday Morning Tour Site #2

Shane Creek, Konza Prairie Biological Station

The Shane Creek watershed is another portion of the Konza Prairie Biological Station not normally open to the public.  It offers impressive prairie vistas as well the opportunity to explore oak/hickory woodland. 


The following publicity items are available to help promote the AWW.