Kindergarten through 8th grade entrants invited

Great Plains Nature Center
(GPNC) is looking for young writers and artists. Art and literature creationed by Kansas students from kindergarten through 8th grade will be featured in a book scheduled for publication in 2008.

The book --
Kansas Critters: Birds
-- wi ... Read More

Deadline July 1; payments have increased; additional prairie signup offered

Landowners interested in the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’
Walk-In Hunting Access Program
(WIHA) are reminded that the deadline for enrollment is July 1. The WIHA program, which began in 1995, grew to a million acres in 100 counties in 2006. ... Read More

Repairs needed on 20-year-old facility

Milford Fish Hatchery
will shut down for eight months beginning July 1 for much-needed repair. Milford is one of the few warm-water, intensive-culture fish hatcheries in the country. However, like most working facilities, time and wear take their toll. Such wear and tear is to be expec ... Read More

Lone young wildlife usually have an unseen mother watching nearby

Every spring and early summer, hundreds of “orphaned” wild animals are picked up when they would do perfectly well left alone. In most cases, the intended “rescue” results in a death sentence. If the animal does end up in the hands of a professional wildlife rehabili ... Read More

Special events, free park entrance days to be held at many parks

Each month, Kansas state parks (SP) conduct special events, some in conjunction with Free Park Entrance Days, some to celebrate a special historical event or geological attribute of an individual park, and others just for entertainment. Each park sets its own dates fo ... Read More

Surveys help monitor health of waters statewide

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP)
stream survey crews
will survey streams and rivers throughout Kansas this summer, adding information to a database that helps assess and monitor the overall conditions of these waterways.

Two five-man crews, led by stream biologis ... Read More

Application deadline is June 8 for firearms, muzzleloader permits

Applications for permits to hunt antelope in 2007 are due June 8.
are also available on the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website and for the first time applications may also be filed

The application deadline is June 8 for m ... Read More

Draft plan, public comment form available online

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) invites public review and comment on a draft plan to guide future management of catfish in the state’s waters. Interested persons can download and view the plan online, as well submit comments, at the
. The plan is being ... Read More

No fishing license required; time to explore a great sport

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced Free Fishing Days -- one of the best outdoor entertainment bargains in the state. On June 2 and 3, anglers of all ages may fish without a fishing license.

This is the ideal time to introduce youngsters to ... Read More

Conservation programs have significant effects on nation's fisheries

As fishing seasons open across the Midwest,
Pheasants Forever
(PF) reminds anglers of legislation that will have a direct impact on fishing and other recreational water activities for years to come: the 2007 Federal Farm Bill.

"The Farm Bill's
Conse ... Read More

Chapter's habitat work to aid southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri;

fundraiser at Claythorne Lodge May 23

Quail hunting enthusiasts along the Missouri-Kansas state line have formed the newest chapter of
Quail Forever
(QF), known as the MO-KAN Chapter of QF. The chapter will focus its work on quail habitat creation ... Read More

Scott Lake’s Camp Lakeside set for ‘Women’s Outdoor Adventures’ June 8-10

The best way to learn a new skill is hands-on instruction, under the guidance of an expert. That’s the premise for “Women’s Outdoor Adventures,” a weekend workshop planned at
Scott State Park
June 8-10.

Sponsored by the
Santa Fe Trail Resource Conse ... Read More

Six-day camp teaches youngsters outdoor skills and just plain fun

Co-sponsored by the
Kansas Wildlife Federation
(KWF) and the
K-State Cooperative Extension Service
, the Outdoor Adventure Camp (OAC) is a six-day summer camp for kids who enjoy the outdoors and want to learn more about it. Now in its 19th year, the event will ... Read More

23rd Annual ‘Walk With Wildlife’ is June 9

Interested in getting an up-close, personal look at all kinds of Kansas wildlife? Want to hold a live snake? Do you want to discover the differences between hawks and owls?

Anyone interested in learning more about wildlife is welcome at the 23rd Annual Walk with Wildlife at the
Great ... Read More

Thirty-six youth learn fish ID, fishing and boating techniques

Lovewell State Park
hosted an Outdoor Kansas For Kids (OK KIDS) Day on Saturday, April 21, at the park's Southwinds Group Shelter. Thirty-six youngsters registered for the event, and t-shirts and Bass Pro pins were given to each participant.

Approximately 15 ad ... Read More

Issue features a complete guide to Kansas state parks

The May/June issue of Kansas Wildlife & Parks
is on newsstands now. With an additional 32 pages, this issue includes a comprehensive state park guide. The guide has individual maps of all 24 state parks, as well as information about facilities, cabins, and trail ... Read More

New apprentice license to be made available for older teens and adults

Kansas has passed a law that will create an apprentice hunting license for older youth and adults. On April 18, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed SB 192, a revision of Kansas hunter education requirement that will allow the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (K ... Read More

Child-support debtors may not purchase hunting, fishing licenses

A bill recently signed into law by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will ensure that delinquent child support debtors are not issued licenses or permits by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

House Bill 2393 requires the
Department of Social and Rehabilitation S ... Read More

“Safe Boater Kit” among rewards for completing instructional course

With the growing number of recreational boaters on Kansas waters, the advantages of
boater education
have never been more apparent. As our lakes and rivers become busier and the types of boats more varied, it is increasingly important for boaters to learn safe ... Read More

Four approved bills enact a variety of outdoor recreation changes

The 2007 Kansas Legislature and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius have approved several new laws affecting the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and outdoor recreation in the state. Following are summaries of the bills approved in this year’s legislative session. ... Read More

Rainfall helps, but much more needed

The past five or six years have not been good ones for lakes in the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' (KDWP) Region 1, the northwest portion of the state extending from Salina in the east to Scott City in the south. Drought has plagued the area, and many lakes have been so low that boat r ... Read More

Kansas Conservation Coalition to lobby congressional delegation

In an effort to help build support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) programs in the next federal Farm Bill, environmental, civic, and landowner organizations, along with several state agencies and private busi ... Read More

Insurance company offers monetary, personal help with events

State Farm Insurance Company has approved a $20,000 grant to support Kansas Wildscape Foundation’s Outdoor Kansas for Kids (O.K. Kids) Program. The O.K. Kids program is a growing statewide effort with approximately 50 event locations where youth can participate in a varie ... Read More