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Native Prairie - Native American - Tour Day • Rice County

Saturday, Oct 17th, 2020 @ 10am-3pm
Coronado Museum - Private Prairie • 105 W. Lyon Street • Lyons, KS • Map

Join KNPS for a day of exploration in and around Lyons, Kansas. Anyone interested in native plants, local and migrating birds, insects, Native American artifacts and nature photography is welcome to attend. Please observe social distancing precautions and bring a mask to wear when distancing is not possible.

Begin the day with a visit to the Coronado Museum in Lyons, which holds the largest collection of Quivira Native American artifacts, and a replica grass house. ​In 1541, while Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his expedition were searching for Cibola and the Seven Cities of Gold, they spent over a month in the area with the Quivira Indians. The Museum is open Saturdays from 10am until 1pm. Adult entry fee is $3.00 with a limit of 5 people at a time (mask is required). Visit the Museum on your own schedule then pick up lunch in Lyons or bring your own. Depart Lyons by 12:30 p.m.

At 1:00 pm meet at the prairie tour location outside of Lyons. There will be a short talk about the stewardship philosophy for managing this sandhill prairie habitat, which consist of tallgrasses, forbs and trees. Buffalo wallows are found on this prairie and the tallgrasses reach a height of 7. A trail will be mowed to lead you to explore different areas. Tree restoration is taking place across an area that recently burned. This land has been cared for from a perspective of habitat conservation for over 30 years. Feel free to explore the property for several hours. No fee for visiting this prairie.

Locally owned restaurants are located within a few blocks of the Coronado Museum and chain restaurants and additional dining is available west of downtown on Hwy 56.

Directions to prairie: Proceed south out of Lyons on Hwy 14 (Grand Ave) for four miles to Avenue Q (paved road at Ethanol plant), then turn left (east) and proceed 9 miles to 25th road. Go 1 mile south to intersection of 25th and Avenue R, and park on the roadside. Entrance at SW corner of intersection.

Dress appropriate for weather and temperature in mid October, with hiking footwear and a wide brim hat. Bring water and your camera.

Contact: Krista Dahlinger 316-258-6341

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

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