A rare look at workings of Konza biological station

By The Mercury

Konza Prairie will welcome visitors with special activities, talks and access to parts of the property not normally open to the public during its biennial Visitors Day on Saturday.

Every two years, the Konza Prairie Biological Station opens its gates for this special event to show what it does for scientific research and environmental education.

Visitors Day, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include bison loop tours, hay rides, talks with scientists and nature hikes. Children can participate in activities like catching grasshoppers and becoming “junior ecologists.”

“There’s something for everyone,” said Jill Haukos, environmental educator at Konza Prairie.  “All activities are free and there’s lots to see and do for the whole family,” she said.

The station is six miles south of Manhattan along McDowell Creek Road. To get to the station headquarters, drive on Konza Lane past the nature trail kiosk.

Konza Prairie is an 8,600-acre native tallgrass prairie preserve dedicated to a threefold mission of long-term ecological research, environmental education and prairie conservation. It is owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University, and is operated as a field research station by the university’s Division of Biology.

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