Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Kanza Day II: Celebrating Kansas Wild Lands
September 27, Black Hoof Park, Lenexa, KS

President Johnson signs the Wilderness Act with conservation advocate Mandy Murie

President Johnson signs the Wilderness Act with conservation advocate Mandy Murie

Sierra Club celebrates the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act and the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act!

Sierra Club members and their guests are invited to meet at Oak Shelter in Black Hoof Park of Lenexa, KS, at 3:00 pm on September 27, 2014 for a fun-filled family-focused afternoon of self-guided outdoor activities including canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, geocaching, nature watching and biking.

Here’s how to get there:
Black Hoof Park Directions

This is a free event underwritten by the Kanza Group of the Sierra Club in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act and the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.

Come celebrate with us and learn about “wild lands” in Kansas. We may not have designated wilderness areas, but we do have several national wildlife refuges (Marais Des Cygnes, Flint Hills, Quivira, and Kirwin NWR – US Fish and Wildlife Service), as well as two federally protected grasslands (Cimarron National Grassland – Forest Service and Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve – National Park Service).

Dress appropriately and bring your own gear, including boats, GPS units/phones, bicycles, fishing tackle/bait, etc. Sunscreen and insect repellent are strongly recommended. Pack your coolers and folding chairs!

Oak Shelter is an accessible, covered picnic area with tables, electrical outlets, grills and modern toilets. Two new adjacent playgrounds are available for the kids. Friendly dogs are allowed on-leash. There is an easy 2-mile trail around Lake Lenexa, half of which is paved, and a wetlands boardwalk with watershed-related signage.

Supper will consist of grilled bison burgers and assorted potluck side dishes provided by attendees. Consider bringing something for non-meat-eating guests to share: vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free! Lemonade, tea and ice water will be provided; this is an alcohol-free event.

There is a campfire ring near the shelter for after-dinner socializing and entertainment. Weather permitting, we’ll check out the night sky and call owls.

The celebration will be held rain or shine. Registration is not required. Updates will be posted on the Kansas.SierraClub.org website and calendar as the event approaches.

For more information, contact Elaine Giessel at sealaine@yahoo.com or call 913-888-8517.

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