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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.

Educators 

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

 

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**NEW** - Teachers go here to see our online data!   - Login required - call (785) 587-0381 for login info

 

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 Environmental Educator – Hallie Hatfield        Jen Spearie Office Assistant - Jen Spearie  

    

 

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Docent Training -Feb. 25 to March 6 - If you are interested in working with school children and becoming a volunteer for the Konza Environmental Education Program, please contact us. More information here.

Docent with students

Curious about what's blooming or what migratory species has arrived?  Check out our phenology spreadsheet.  - updated September 3

Phenology = study of the timing of natural events          

Thanks to Valerie Wright for coordinating the KEEP Phenology activity

Monarch on spider milkweed 

Summer Teachers' Workshop will be June 15-19. Grades 5-12 teachers are welcome to come learn about teaching science and the ecological research connected to the tallgrass prairie. This immersive experience is limited to only 10 spots!

Teachers' Workshop

Love the Environmental Education Program at Konza?  We need your support!  Become a member of the Friends of Konza Prairie (FOKP)!


 Girl in grass

Online giving/membership in FOKP has become easier! Click 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.