Kansas Native Plant Society sponsors free prairie explorations

The Kansas Native Plant Society is sponsoring two free explorations of the prairie – one in the Smoky Hills and the other in the Flint Hills.

The first one, in the Smoky Hills, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. May 30, on private property in McPherson County near Canton. Visitors will see wildflowers, birds and butterflies and may spot bison. Attendees can bring a sandwich and stay to watch the sunset if they’d like.

The second event is on Flint Hills prairie in Lehigh in Marion County where the Santa Fe Trail is visible. Land owner and trail historian Steve Schmidt will tell tales about the trail. It starts at 10 a.m. June 9; attendees should bring lunch.

Contact Brad Guhr at or 316-217-4566 to sign up and get directions to either of the events.