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May 28, 2014

Wildflower Walk at Konza Prairie

Submitted by Jill Haukos

Konza hikers admiring wildflowers

Each spring wildflowers bloom on the prairie. The Kansas Flint Hills in the tallgrass prairie are home to hundreds of species of native flowers and now is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the show.

On Sunday, June 1, the Konza Prairie Biological Station will offer the opportunity to walk among the flowers and discover the natural beauty of the Flint Hills. The annual Friends of Konza Prairie Wildflower Walk will be from 6-9 p.m. along the Butterfly Hill Trail at Konza Headquarters.

Guided tours will be a 1.2 mile trail not often open to the public.

"A walk through the prairie in June offers green vistas, an amazing array of prairie wildflowers, and may include a beautiful sunset," says Jill Haukos, education director for the Konza Environmental Education Program. "Our expert guides can answer your questions and identify prairie plants for you."

Come purchase your own Konza Prairie T-shirt, hat or poster while visiting the historic Konza stone barn.

Cost for the guided tour is $10 per person, with proceeds supporting the Konza Environmental Education Program, or KEEP. The tour is free to members of the Friends of the Konza Prairie. Enjoy all the benefits of membership in Friends of the Konza Prairie by becoming a member and enter the Wildflower Walk for free. For more information email konzaed@k-state.edu.