Wildflowers abound at Konza

By The Mercury

As wildflowers bloom on the prairie each spring, the tallgrass prairies of the Kansas Flint Hills region become home to hundreds of native flowers.

From 6 to 9 p.m. on June 1, the Konza Prairie Biological Station will offer guided tours along the Butterfly Hill Trail at Konza Headquarters. Visitors will be able to take in the scenery on this 1.2-mile trail, which isn’t often open to the public.

On the tours, guests will walk among the flowers and take in the natural, scenic beauty of the Flint Hills.

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

The tour will cost $10 per person. Proceeds will go to support the Konza Environmental Education Program (KEEP). The tour is free to members of the Friends of the Konza Prairie (FOKP).

Guests can become a member of the FOKP at the Wildflower Walk and enter free.

The historic Konza stone barn also will be open. Konza Prairie t-shirts, hats and posters will be for sale.

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