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2015 AWW Press Release

September 13, 2015

Kansas Native Plant Society Announces Schedule

For 2015 Annual Wildflower Weekend

2014 AWW Photo Gallery

AWW 2014
KNPS members exploring the Red Hills at the 2014 Annual Wildflower Weekend

The Kansas Native Plant Society (KNPS) will host its 37th Annual Wildflower Weekend September 25-27, in Manhattan, Kansas. Native plant lovers (both members and guests) are invited to join us for a variety of outings and events in the Manhattan area, focusing on the spectacular fall wildflowers in the northern Flint Hills.  Appropriately, our theme for this year’s meeting is “Flint Hills Landscapes.”

On the morning of Friday, Sept. 25, those attending will have an opportunity to visit the Flint Hills Discovery Center.  In the variety of displays, visitors will find excellent previews of the plants and grasses of the Flint Hills.  The Friday afternoon events will be at Konza Prairie and include a wildflower walk on the Butterfly Hill trail with other plant enthusiasts and knowledgeable experts.

The KNPS annual meeting Saturday morning, Sept. 26, at K-State Student Union will include awards, silent auction, and a photo contest.  Two special presentations are planned.  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.  There will be two afternoon field trips: Tuttle Creek site that includes both prairie and woodland plants and Bob Haines pasture with a great variety of plants.
Field trips on Sunday morning, Sept. 27, include two more visits in the Konza Prairie region: Valerie Wright’s prairie restoration and Konza Prairie Shane Creek area. 

A detailed itinerary, field trip locations, photo contest instructions, reservation form, and list of local motels can be found at AWW 2015.. There is a registration fee of $10 for KNPS members and $20 for non-members.  Attendees may participate in some or all of the activities during the 3-day event.

The Kansas Native Plant Society, organized in 1978 and with more than 850 members, encourages awareness and appreciation of the native plants of Kansas by promoting education, stewardship, and scientific knowledge. Learn more at

Mike Haddock,  2015 AWW Coordinator