One of my favorite places to do nature study in Kansas is the Konza Prairie Biological Station, especially the nature trails. The Konza Prairie Nature Trail is absolutely breathtaking and very good exercise. The six mile hike can be strenuous but going the extra miles into the wilderness is amazing. Seeing the vastness of the prairie really can’t be measured. Of course, you can take much shorter routes and sometimes we do that as well. But I have noticed that the farther out we go, the more beautiful.
What We See on The Konza Prairie Nature Trails
We always see wildlife- every time. To name just a few, we have been able to view snakes, toads, birds, turtles, insects, plus lots of white tailed deer and even elk. We have also often heard turkeys and coyotes! We usually just follow the trails on our own. But you can use a KonzaPraire Nature Trail PDF Guide for extra guidance with your observations.
And I just need to mention that there are also Bison being raised and maintained on the Konza Praire -in their own area of course, not on the trail.
This year we have just been loosly exploring the trail and getting to know the routes. And it’s been a family fun way to bring some hands on science into the mix! In the fall we may begin to study trees. What has impressed me so much this summer has been the beautiful colors I see in the wildflowers. They fascinate me. I got a few field guides on wildflowers and have taken lots of pictures. And the idea came to me to create some design color palates from the colors the prairie inspires! This is how the upcoming wildflower series was born. Watch for:
Also coming in July-
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