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KDWPT’s Jennifer Rader Receives Rising Star Award

MANHATTAN – Jennifer Rader, director of Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s Southeast Kansas Nature Center, was presented with the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environment Education (KACEE) Rising Star Award. The award, presented on April 10 at KACEE’s Environmental Education Awards Celebration in Manhattan, recognizes ... Read More


Young Wildlife Rarely Need “Saving”

PRATT – You’re mowing your lawn when you notice something moving in the grass. You stop the mower and peer over to find it’s a nest of young rabbits, and the mother is nowhere in sight. Fear sets in that they may not make it through the night and you begin to devise a plan to “rescue” them. It’s a mistake that many well-intentioned people make, ... Read More


Free Entrance At Kansas State Parks April 25

PRATT – In today’s world when we hear the word “free,” we sometimes associate it with something that is low quality or that comes with a catch. However, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is offering something free that bucks both of these notions. If you’re looking for a quality family activity that doesn’t cost money and doe ... Read More


Apply For Nonresident Deer Permit By April 24

PRATT – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) would like to remind nonresident deer hunters that the application deadline for 2015-2016 Nonresidents Deer Permits is midnight on April 24. Only online applications are being accepted through the KDWPT website, ksoutdoors.com, where applicants will be taken through a process ... Read More


STUDENT ARCHERS QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

PRATT – Kansas Archery in the Schools hosted its sixth annual state archery tournament, Saturday, March 28, at Clearwater High School. Three hundred and seventy students from 17 communities vied for a chance to compete at nationals. The top 10 male and female competitors from each grade division at the state tournament qualified to compete at t ... Read More


KANSAS WETLANDS EDUCATION CENTER OFFERS PRAIRIE CHICKEN LEK TOURS

GREAT BEND – If you’ve never seen a male greater prairie chicken stomp his feet in rapid succession, or heard the “boom” sound as air is expelled from their inflatable throat sacks, you’re missing one of nature’s greatest mating displays. Each day during spring, just before sunrise, communal breeding grounds, known as leks, teem with birds busy ... Read More


OUTDOORS-WOMAN WORKSHOP GROWING IN POPULARITY

PRATT — It’s common knowledge that every year more women are becoming involved in the outdoors, and nowhere is it more evident than at Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshops. Because of this increased popularity, the May 15-17 BOW workshop is now full, but more opportunities will be ... Read More


KANSAS WILDLIFE, PARKS AND TOURISM COMMISSION TO MEET IN WICHITA

PRATT – The Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St. N, Wichita, will be the site for the April 23 Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meeting.The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with time for public comments on non-agenda items, followed by a general discussion period. Topics to be covered in the general discussion include Secretary’ ... Read More


YOUTH OUTDOORS DAY AT EISENHOWER STATE PARK MAY 3

PRATT ­– If your child is interested in finding out what Kansas outdoors is all about, encourage them to attend the Youth Outdoors Day, May 3, at Eisenhower State Park on Melvern Lake. Sponsored by the Outdoor Writers of Kansas, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and Friends of Eisenhower State Park, Youth Outdoors Day will be op ... Read More


WILSON LAKE LEVEL REQUIRES BOATER CAUTION

PRATT – Wilson Lake, located in Russell County just north of the town of Wilson, is a popular fishing, boating and camping destination known for spectacular prairie views, sandstone bluffs, and deep clear waters. However, the lake’s normally consistent water level has declined during the long-term drought, and the lake is now 8.5 feet below con ... Read More