Konza Prairie Biennial Visitors’ Day
Saturday September 29, 2012
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Last tours depart between 2:00 - 4:00 pm (See Station Activities below)
Konza Prairie Biological Station is an 8,600-acre native tallgrass prairie preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University, and operated as a field research station by the K-State Division of Biology. Konza Prairie is dedicated to a three-fold mission of long-term ecological research, education, and prairie conservation.
Visitors’ Day is presented by K-State Division of Biology, The Nature Conservancy and Friends of Konza Prairie, biennially in even years. Visitors’ Day activities grant guided access to restricted areas of the field research station, such as to see the bison herd or hikes within the trail system. At Station Headquarters, view live animal displays and research exhibits and learn about tallgrass prairie conservation and management. Konza Prairie researchers, docents, and staff provide visitors information about Konza Prairie research, history of the site, Flint Hills geology, tallgrass prairie flora and fauna, and other natural history.
Bison Loop Driving Tours
Discover the tallgrass prairie ecosystem! This 1 hour, 20 minute tour through the 8,600-acre preserve, drives past research areas and within the bison enclosure, for a glimpse of the herd! Departs every 15 minutes beginning at 8:15 am, with the last van departing at 4:00 pm.
Hay Wagon Rides and Research Plots Tour
Tour the prairie by hay wagon! For an overview of Konza Prairie research, this tour passes several on-going research projects, including weather stations, the Hulbert Fire Demonstration Plots, and more. This 1 hour tour departs every 30 minutes beginning at 8:30 am. Last wagon departing at 4:30 pm.
Hear local history about the Swedish immigrants who settled here in 1878. Visit Hokanson Homestead to tour the original limestone barn, relax in the wildlife observation lean-to, or walk a wooded trail along Kings Creek. Walk in from the public Nature Trail at your leisure, or board the roundtrip shuttle, at Station Headquarters, leaving every 30 minutes between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Guided Prairie Walk
Experience Flint Hills geology! Take a 1.2-mile guided walk on the prairie. Walks depart every hour, beginning at 8:00 am, with the last tour departing at 2:00 pm.
Come prepared for a trail walk
Hike the Nature Trail
See the tallgrass! On your own, hike the 2.6-mile trail. At the highest points, enjoy a spectacular view of the Kansas River Valley. Visit with Nature Interpreters, stationed at various points along the trail, between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Important information about our trails
Activities for Youth
Become a Junior Ecologist! Pick up an activity booklet and return it, completed, for your Konza Prairie Junior Ecologist button.
Discover grasshoppers! From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, learn to sweep for grasshoppers like a Konza Prairie researcher. Add your hoppers to our terrarium and view over 40 species archived in our display cases.
Create a collage or bookmark with dried prairie plants to take home!
Touch a bison skin! Learn about the American Bison through its skin, skull, horn and other artifacts.
Learn why it's important to burn the tallgrass prairie. Check out Konza Prairie's fire truck, wear real fire gear and take charge of the water hose.
Youth activities are coordinated from the Education Center, lower level of the ranch house.
Animal Displays and Research Exhibits
Hear, see, and feel! Explore live prairie animal and plant displays. Learn about prairie history and current research through poster displays and exhibits. Discover prairie life and the effects of fire and grazing. See the prairie as a satellite sees it. Join Konza Prairie researchers for presentations describing the purpose of Konza Prairie, its habitats, the experimental management plan, and ongoing ecological research.
The Nature Conservancy and Friends of Konza Prairie
The Friends of Konza Prairie will offer Konza Prairie t-shirts, hats, posters, mugs, and other items for sale.
Visit The Nature Conservancy booth for information about other preserves in Kansas and book sales.
Konza Prairie Docents will staff a booth to share information about becoming a volunteer.
Free to the public.
Station Headquarters, pass the Nature Trail kiosk and around the corner to the right.
Konza Prairie Biological Station
For more information, contact:
Claflin Books and Copies
Don's Stump Removal
Geary County CVB
Chod and Sari Hedinger
Little Apple Toyota Honda
Manhattan Running Company
Ray's Apple Market