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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    

Hallie Hatfield  Assistant Environmental Educator – Hallie Hatfield


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News and Announcements

NOTICE:  The Nature Trail at Konza Prairie will re-open Friday, March 15th.  Please stay on the trail and avoid stepping off to the side.  The prairie is quite sensitive right now. Thank you. 

Would you like to support the Friends of Konza Prairie?

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Online giving has become easier! Click here 

Teachers - consider making reservations for Fall 2019 

Autumn hike at Konza


2018 Summer Teachers' Workshop - 

2018 Teachers

Huge THANKS to the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation

The 2018 Konza Summer Teachers' Workshop is done and was a wonderful success.  Thanks to the GMCF for the sponsorship and support!



 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.