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Annual Kansas wildflower tours explore the beauty of the Smoky Hills region

The 35th annual Wildflower Weekend will be hosted by the Kansas Native Plant Society Sept. 13-15 near Salina.

The weekend begins Sept. 13 with a tour of Maxwell Wildlife Refuge and includes a field trip to a private prairie to view native wildflowers and ends with a campfire cookout at McPherson State Fishing Lake.

The events on Sept. 14 include a silent auction and photo contest of native plants. Afternoon field trips includes tours of the Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range, southwest of Salina and a prairie within the Land Institute at Salina.

Field trips on Sept. 15 will include a trip to Coronado Heights Park near Lindsborg and Horsethief Canyon at Kanopolis State Park.

The events are free and open to the public, except for meals which reservation are required. People can pick and choose which events they’d like to participate in or go to all of them.

For more information about the weekend, to find directions for tours and to make meal reservations go to http://www.kansasnativeplantsociety.org/aww_2013.php.

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