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Konza Environmental Education Program

About Us

Our goals: 

  • To bring children to the tallgrass prairie to increase their understanding of this remarkable ecosystem and to instill a sense of place and pride in their environment.
  • To allow students to participate in hands-on ecological research to increase their knowledge of the scientific process and the significance of research.  
  • To share with the public the latest scientific research and emphasize the importance of research in grassland conservation and management.


Check here to see what your options are for visiting Konza Prairie with your classes

KEEP's projects include:

  • Docent/Volunteer Program - we provide training on the prairie ecosystem and Konza Prairie facts for community volunteers who become active as program guides;
  • Teachers' Workshops - professional development for science and math teachers, grades 5-12, to incorporate ecological research and data collection into the classroom curriculum in accordance with science education standards;
  • Schoolyard Long-term Ecological Research (SLTER) - student participation in long-term research and data collection on Konza Prairie (partially funded through National Science Foundation LTER).

The Konza Environmental Education Program is committed to providing Kansas communities with quality environmental education opportunities centered on prairie ecology and long-term ecological research. 


Jill Haukos  Director of Education – Jill Haukos, BS, MS       

Hallie Hatfield  Assistant Environmental Educator – Hallie Hatfield, BS


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News and Announcements

Ground Plum

Prairie Phenology

If you're interested in the phenology of life at Konza Prairie check out this link.  Phenology = the study of "showing"; i.e. when plants bloom for the first time in the spring and when new migrants arrive on the prairie.  KEEP has phenological data that extends back to 2001.

Summer Teachers' Workshop

Summer Teachers' Workshop

TEACHERS!  Join our Summer Teachers' Workshop and discover what Konza Prairie can offer your students.  The weeklong workshop runs from June 12 - 16th.  More information may be found here. 

 The Autumn Calf

Teachers, Libraries, and Schools!  Get your FREE copy of "The Autumn Calf" a new children's book about a Konza Prairie bison calf and it's struggle to survive on the Kansas prairie.  Call (785) 587-0381 or email us at Konzaed@ksu.edu.
UPDATE:  Curricula is now available to accompany The Autumn Calf.  "Have you Ever Wondered What a Bison Weighs?" and "Bison Weights over Time" activity and "Bison Weights Over Time" data are all available.  These activities are appropriate for grades 3 - 6.  


Teachers - Contact Hallie Hatfield at keeped@ksu.edu or (785) 587-0381 to schedule your class' visit to Konza Prairie this autumn or next spring.