Governor Sebelius proclaims Kansas Native Plant Appreciation Month!

Governor Kathleen Sebelius has proclaimed June as Kansas Native Plant Appreciation Month!  The Governor’s proclamation urges all citizens to join in the observance of Kansas Native Plant Appreciation Month by enjoying, appreciating, and celebrating our floral diversity and taking advantage of the opportunities to learn more about our native plants, their habitats, and how to protect them.

Kansas Native Plant Society is celebrating Kansas Native Plant Appreciation Month with many different free events from June 1 through June 25.  Everyone is welcome to enjoy these opportunities to discover our state’s natural heritage.  Explore nature, learn about native plants, and socialize with like-minded people at these outings.  Take a native plant walk, visit a natural area, or become involved in a restoration project as we join together to celebrate this precious heritage during Kansas Native Plant Appreciation Month!

Also visit the Kansas Native Plant Society website which features a wide variety of native plant information:

www.kansasnativeplantsociety.org.

Events in honor of Kansas Native Plant Appreciation Month:

June 1: Join the Third Biennial Coblentz Prairie Foray, 1pm. This glaciated tallgrass prairie offers diverse native plants as well as uncommon birds like Henslow’s Sparrow, notable insects like Golden Byssus skippers, and interesting rocks like Sioux Quartzite. This may be the furthest south the glaciers advanced in Kansas, and large pink and red Sioux Quartzite boulders, glacial erratics, can be found in several areas. Among the 270 recorded plant species, we hope to see the federally protected Mead’s milkweed, Prairie phlox, Starry Catchfly, Topeka Purple-coneflower, and Tall Cinquefoil! Other plants of interest include the Adder’s Tongue Fern –one of the few prairie ferns and Cluster fescue (Festuca paradoxa) –a fescue rarely found in Kansas. Kansas Native Plant Society and Grassland Heritage Foundation co-sponsor this event. Co-leaders: Jeff Hansen, KNPS President and GHF Board Member and Shirley Braunlich, KNPS Board Member. Coblentz Prairie is 40-minutes west of Lawrence, KS in west-central DouglasCounty at the intersection of E 1 Road and North 1150th Road; it is part of the Clinton Wildlife area. Meet a half-mile east of the intersection on the south side of North 1150 Rd. <email@KSNPS.org> (785) 864-3453

June 7: Wilson County Wildflower Tour in southeast Kansas. Gather at Fredonia High School, 916 Robinson St, 8:30am. Enjoy home baked pastries and booths of education and interest. Buses will provide transportation. Join small group tours with professional leaders or opt for self guided experiences. Kansas Native Plant Society members will be playing active roles in this event. Lunch is included with the registration price of $8, payable by June 2 to Wilson Co Conservation, 930 N 2nd Street, Fredonia, KS66736. Contact Gina Thompson (620) 378-2866 with questions.

June 7: Wildflower Tour at Lake Wilson in Russell County, KS. This tour will combine rangeland and wildflowers, 8:30am to approximately noon. Kansas Native Plant Society members will be playing active roles in this event. A lunch will be provided. Reservations are recommended. Contact Andy Phelps at the Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Russell <andy.phelps@ks.usda.gov> (785) 483-2826.

June 8: Friends of Konza Prairie Annual Wildflower Walk, 7pm. The walk will be co-lead by Valerie Wright, Kansas Native Plant Society Past President, and Konza Docents. There is a charge of $5 for those who are not Friends of Konza Prairie members. Telephone reservations are due June 3, (785) 587-0441.

June 14: Cowley County Wildflower Tour in Winfield, KS. Join the Cowley County NRCS and Kansas Native Plant Society for a wildflower tour of WinfieldLake. Meet at the WinfieldHigh School at 8am for refreshments and a presentation, and then travel by bus to WinfieldLake at 9am to view the wildflowers until noon. Last year we saw entirely different wildflower populations on the north and south sides of the lake. There is no charge but you must RSVP by June 6th. Also contact us for information on camping, hotels, dining and shopping in the area. Please call (620) 221-1850 ext. 3 during business hours or Krista Dahlinger on evenings or weekends (316) 258-6341.

June 14: Dr. Woody Holland’s Wildflower Tour of Neosho County, KS. Kansas Native Plant Society Board Member Carl Paulie will lead the tour. We will be looking for Showy Beardtongue (Penstemon cobaea), Tube Beardtongue (Penstemon tubaeflorus), Pale Purple-coneflower, Prairie Phlox and many others. Meet Carl in front of the courthouse on Main St. in Erie, KS at 1pm. The tour will begin at 1:30pm sharp. <email@KSNPS.org> (620) 449-2028

June 14: The 3rd Annual Symphony in the Flint Hills will be held in Morris County, KS. Enjoy this unique pairing of music and prairie! The vision of this concert is to heighten appreciation and knowledge of the Flint Hills as the last major intact tallgrass prairie on the North American continent and will help focus attention on the Flint Hills of Kansas as a national treasure belonging to all Kansans and as a destination for people beyond our borders. Featured is an outdoor concert performed by the Kansas City Symphony. [www.symphonyintheflinthills.org] (620) 273-8955

June 21: Volunteers are needed for prairie maintenance and preservation projects. Assist the Grassland Heritage Foundation Groundhogs [www.grasslandheritage.org]. Wear appropriate clothing. No special skills or tools needed. For details, please contact Frank Norman, Kansas Native Plant Society Board Member <fjnorman@sunflower.com> (785) 887-6775 (home) or (785) 691-9748 (cell).

June 25: Celebrate the Sixth Annual Grant-Bradbury Prairie Jaunt! Join Kansas Native Plant Society and Grassland Heritage Foundation on Topeka’s premiere prairie park. This 80-acre tallgrass prairie includes over 296 plant species. Jeff Hansen, KNPS President and GHF Board Member will lead the tour at 7pm. Directions: Take Topeka Blvd south to the University Blvd intersection (stoplight), take a right. TakeUniversity west about half a mile – when the road curves south, you are at the driveway to the park gate. There is a small brick building at the driveway. <email@KSNPS.org> (785) 806-6917

The Kansas Native Plant Society encourages awareness and appreciation

of the native plants of Kansas in their habitats and in our landscapes by

promoting education, stewardship, and scientific knowledge.

www.kansasnativeplantsociety.org

KNPS  õ  R.L. McGregor Herbarium  õ  University of Kansas  õ  2045 Constant Ave.  õ  Lawrence, KS  õ  66047-3729

Organization:  Kansas Native Plant Society

 

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