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K-STATE'S KONZA PRAIRIE EDUCATION PROGRAM HONORED

Website honored by internet education portal
MANHATTAN -- An educational website for Kansas State University's Konza Prairie Biological Station has been recognized for its outstanding educational content. The Konza Environmental Education Program website has earned an Award of Excellence from StudySphere, an education portal on the internet that provides free access to a wide variety of research-quality, child-safe websites that are organized for education online at both home and school. StudySphere can be used as an online educational resource for students, teachers, and parents.

The Konza Prairie Biological Station is a 8,616-acre native prairie preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy and K-State and operated as a field research station by K-State's Division of Biology. The station's mission includes ecological research, education, and prairie conservation.

The Konza Environmental Education Program , supported by the Friends of the Konza Prairie and several funding agencies, is one way the station meets its education mission. The program promotes public awareness of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem through tours, science activities, and other offerings, including the website, www.k-state.edu/konza/keep.

While more than 5,000 people, mainly schoolchildren, visit the Konza each year, the Konza Environmental Education Program website is a way for everyone to learn about this native prairie treasure. The site takes visitors on scientific adventures where they can study the bison, prairie chickens, reptiles, butterflies, grasshoppers, and many more animals and plants that live on the prairie. Viewers also can learn about prairie fires, research projects, and other activities at the Konza. The website even provides resources for teachers and activities for children.

To access the website at the StudySphere site , go to www.studysphere.com/Site/Sphere_10253.html. For more information, phone 785-532-6415.
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