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Konza Environmental Education Program

What is the Friends of Konza Prairie?

Friends of Konza Prairie (FOKP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the support of the Konza Prairie environmental education program.  As a member, your contributions are tax-deductible (less benefits received) and go to bringing area school children to the tallgrass prairie.

What does FOKP do?

  • Supports the Environmental Educator who develops educational programs for K-12 students and the general public, including the Docent Program, on prairie ecology and tallgrass prairie research and conservation.
  • Markets Konza Prairie merchandise to raise funds for our education programs.
  • Provides educational presentations about Konza Prairie to local organizations, through the FOKP Presenter's Bureau.
  • Sponsors special events at Konza Prairie throughout the year, such as:
    • Cure for Cabin Fever Soup and Song in January
    • Greater Prairie-chicken viewing in April
    • Walk with Researchers guided hike of headquarters in May
    • Wildflower Walk on Butterfly Hill in June
    • Bison Barbecue and Bison Loop Tour in September
    • Visions of the Flint Hills art show at the Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City, MO in October/November

Membership Questions? Contact Hallie Hatfield at (785) 587-0381 or email at:  keeped@ksu.edu


Upcoming events:

Bison bulls

Annual Meeting and Bison Event

When:  Sunday, September 29

Where:  Konza Prairie Biological Station Headquarters

Who:  Friends of Konza Prairie members - want to become a member?  Go here!    $30/individual  $50/family   $500/corporate

Schedule of events:

    4:00 pm - General meeting in the stone barn

    5:00 pm - Bison bbq and potluck on the ranch house patio

    6:00 pm - Guided bus tour of the bison area 


Wildflower Walk

Visions of the Flint Hills - benefit art show

When:  October 4 - November 21, 2019

Where:  Buttonwood Art Space - 3013 Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Cost:  $10/person or free to members of the Friends of Konza Prairie

Why:  Come see amazing art from local artisans that showcases the beauty of the Flint Hills - plus 50% of the proceeds from the sale of the art goes to the Friends of Konza Prairie and is used to support the environmental education program at Konza Prairie.


Check out our new 2020 Friends of Konza Prairie Calendar!  Available at the Flint Hills Discovery Center and at Claflin Books and Copies 

FOKP Brochure

2019 FOKP Board and Committees

Friends of Konza Prairie Merchandise

An Invitation to Join Friends of Konza Prairie

Friends of Konza Prairie (FOKP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the support of the Konza Environmental Education Program.  As a member, your contributions are tax-deductible.

Membership Benefits:

By becoming a member, you will receive the following benefits:

- Bison and Bluestem newsletter

- Invitation to bison barbecue potluck

- Winter and spring special events - may be a concert, invited speaker, or activity

To become a member of the Friends of Konza Prairie

Student membership (including college) = $10/yr

Individual membership = $30/yr.

Family membership = $50/yr.

Big Bluestem level = $100 - $149/yr.

Flint Hills level = $150 - $249/yr.

Prairie Chicken level = $250 - $499/yr.

Bison level = $500 and up/yr.  (receives a complimentary FOKP calendar)


your completed membership form (on the FOKP brochure) and tax-deductible check, payable to Friends of Konza Prairie, to:
Friends of Konza Prairie
Kansas State University
Division of Biology, 116 Ackert Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-4901

Corporate Sponsorships:

By partnering with the Konza Prairie, corporations can impact students with financial assistance, receive brand recognition, and demonstrate corporate responsibility by investing in long-term ecological research, education and prairie conservation. Please contact Director John Blair at jblair@ksu.edu to become a corporate sponsor.