Kansas Outdoor Events


10/06/2022

Farmers Market - Garnett, KS

Location: Prairie Spirit Trail

Type: Farmers Market

Date: Thursday, October 06, 2022

Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Other Information:

The Garnett Farmers' Market offers a variety of home grown goods, fresh baked items and farm raised meats and eggs and much, much more. Weekly specials change throughout the season. The market will be open from 4:30PM to 7:00PM every Thursday running from May 5th to October 6th on Main Street between 4th Avenue and 5th along the Prairie Spirit Trail.

Vendors include:

Valley View Elk Ranch

Bauman's Cedar Valley Farms

Campbell Farm Produce

Kerr's Pecans

Girlie Goodies

The Sunshine Basket

Ozark Country Baskets

TT Cattle Butcher Beef

and MORE!

Please visit Garnett Farmer's Market (simplygarnett.com) for more details.


Not Lost Brewing Ride - Ottawa Bike and Trail

Location: Prairie Spirit Trail

Type: Cycling

Date: Thursday, October 06, 2022

Contact: Ottawa Bike and Trail

Phone No: 913-951-1070

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Other Information:

Every Thursday night, cyclists will meet at Ottawa Bike and Trail for the Not Lost Ride. Cyclists will meet at 6:00 pm and the ride starts at 6:30 pm sharp. This is a show-and-go bicycle ride on the trails, gravel roads, and low traffic roads surrounding Ottawa. The 17-25 mile route changes each week but we always have a 10-mile beginner option. After the ride, cyclists meet at Not Lost Brewing to enjoy a cold beer and compare stories. For more information about signup or ride routes, please contact the number or visit Not Lost Brewing Ride (ridewithgps.com)


Not Lost Brewing Ride - Ottawa Bike and Trail

Location: Flint Hills Trail

Type: Cycling

Date: Thursday, October 06, 2022

Contact: Ottawa Bike and Trail

Phone No: 913-951-1070

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Other Information:

Every Thursday night, cyclists will meet at Ottawa Bike and Trail for the Not Lost Ride. Cyclists will meet at 6:00 pm and the ride starts at 6:30 pm sharp. This is a show-and-go bicycle ride on the trails, gravel roads, and low traffic roads surrounding Ottawa. The 17-25 mile route changes each week but we always have a 10-mile beginner option. After the ride, cyclists meet at Not Lost Brewing to enjoy a cold beer and compare stories. For more information about signup or ride routes, please contact the number or visit Not Lost Brewing Ride (ridewithgps.com)


10/08/2022

Halloween in the Park

Location: Meade State Park

Type: campsite decoration, trick-or-treat, costumes, trunk-or-treat

Date: Saturday, October 08, 2022

Contact: Meade State Park

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark for more information on this event.


10/04/2022

Crawford Co. - Pittsburg

Location: PSU Yates Hall #102

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 10/04/22 - 10/08/22


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work type the address into your browser.


10/08/2022

Marion Co. - Marion

Location: VFW Post 6958

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, October 08, 2022

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Other Information:

Register by calling Randy Jantz 620-877-7791 or Michael Ottensmeier 620-381-0824.


Reno Co. - Hutchinson

Location: Central Kansas Gun Club

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, October 08, 2022

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work please type the address in your browser.


Lincoln Co. - Lincoln

Location: Bosch Farms

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, October 08, 2022

Time: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm


Other Information:

Register in person at the Lincoln Co Court House. Limited to 20 people.

Bosch Farm is located at 731 East South St (south side of the cemetery).


10/03/2022

Labette Co. - Parsons

Location: Arvon Phillips Community Center

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 10/03/22 - 10/08/22

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work, please type the address into your browser.

Questions can be directed to 620-717-8188.


10/08/2022

Osborne Co. - Osborne

Location: Osborne Public Library

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, October 08, 2022

Contact: Mike Nyhoff

Phone No: 785-545-5285

Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Other Information:

Class is sponsored by Osborne County Pheasants Forever Chapter.


10/07/2022

Morris Co. - White City

Location: White City School Ag Building

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 10/07/22 - 10/08/22

Contact: Crystal Carson

Phone No: 785-561-0474



10/08/2022

Kansas Buddy Bass

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Tournament

Date: Saturday, October 08, 2022

Contact: Mike McKinney

Phone No: 785-393-2144

Time: 5:00 am - 5:00 pm


Other Information:

Event: Fishing Tournament Bass

Location: LAKE VIEW BOAT RAMP

Vehicle Permits are REQUIRED for all vehicles to enter the State Park - no matter the length of stay.


Ford Co. - Bucklin

Location: American Legion

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 10/08/22 - 10/09/22

Contact: Paul Petrowsky

Phone No: 620-408-6158

Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Other Information:

Contact Paul at 650-408-6158 to register.


Cowley Co. - Winfield

Location: Mac's Training Center

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 10/08/22 - 10/09/22

Contact: Vince McMullen

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Other Information:

Contact Vince McMullen mcmullenv@gmail.com to register.

Mac's Training Center 213 E 9th Ave Winfield KS 67156


Marion Co. - White City

Location: White City School Ag Building

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 10/08/22 - 10/09/22

Contact: Crystal Carson

Phone No: 785-561-0474



10/12/2022

Little Jerusalem 10-12

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Type: Off Trail Hike

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Contact: Sara Kay Carrell sarakay.carrell@ks.gov

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Other Information:

***NOTICE***

Please be observant of weather conditions!! This years “shoulder season” and spring is being even more unpredictable than usual!!! I cannot have tours if there has been recent rains, snow or melting/melted snow. Hiking off trail in wet conditions damages the environment of Little Jerusalem. Monitor the National Weather Service locations for Scott City and Oakley to be familiar with weather conditions prior to your trip!

**My days off vary for the month of October. I check emails only when at work. Please plan ahead when making your reservations to know for sure there is space available in a tour!!!

Space is limited on tours. Spaces must be reserved. I try for the tours to not be too much larger than 15-20 people. Please make your plans and email sarakay.carrell@ks.gov to reserve a spot! Hikes down in the rocks will be approximately 1.5 hours. Please plan for about a 2 hour timeframe to allow for time to hike back to the parking lot!. Email is the BEST way to reach Sara Kay!!!

Come to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park and enjoy an off trail guided hike lead by the naturalist! Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, and scrambling thru grass and brush. Wear boots or other appropriate footwear that covers the feet. Bring water, a snack, binoculars, and a hiking stick! Please do not underestimate the terrain.

During the summer, it is HOT down in the canyons. The rock formations do a great job of blocking the wind, so BE PREPARED for temperatures to be 10+ degrees warmer during the hike in the rocks!

During the winter, it can be pretty chilly in the rock formations! The winds are predominantly North or Northwest winds, which means the wind whips right thru the canyon bottoms and can chill us down! Plan for a windchill factor in the winter!

We will start at the Life on the Rocks trail head and venture off in a direction that will take us off into the bottoms of the rock formations. Once at the base of the rocks, we will explore the various nooks, crannies, and spires of Little Jerusalem's Niobrara chalk formations. Along the way, we learn about the grasses, forbs, mammals, reptiles, insects, geology, and other great things that nature presents to us.  Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, ups and downs, and scrambling thru grass and brush. No set path is followed! So be ready for an adventure! It is an intermediate level hike/terrain. We hike at a moderate pace with stop and go to learn, talk, ask questions, and take photos.

**Hikes will be cancelled by inclement weather!** If it is snowing, blizzarding, freezing rain, raining, lightning, or any other unsafe weather brought on by Mother Nature, all activities will be canceled at Little Jerusalem. Scott City and Oakley are the closest towns to search for weather on National Weather Service. Please call the Historic Lake Scott office for the latest update on weather cancellations, 620-872-2061


10/15/2022

Geary Co. - Junction City

Location: Sportsmans Acres

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration, available September 15, 2022, and additional information is posted on www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work type the address into your browser.


Ellsworth Co. - Ellsworth

Location: EW County Sportsman Club

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work, please type the address into your browser.


Leavenworth Co. - Linwood

Location: Tri County Rod and Gun Club

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work please type the address into your browser.


Rooks Co. - Plainville

Location: First Christian Church

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Contact: Troy Hixon

Phone No: 785-302-1435

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Other Information:

Informational Meeting to discuss the Online portion of the class will be Sept. 26 at the First Christian Church. If you have any questions, please call Butch Post @ 785-425-8268, Troy Hixon @ 785-302-1435 or Don Wessel @ 620-242-5363  .

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters. If the hyperlink doesn't work, please type the address into your browser.


10/14/2022

Sedgwick Co. - Goddard

Location: The Assembly of God

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 10/14/22 - 10/15/22

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work, please type the address in your browser.


Renegades

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Trail Ride

Dates: 10/14/22 - 10/16/22

Contact: Cindy Alexander

Phone No: 316-619-6160

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

Location Wild Horse Equestrian Shelter 

Please remember all vehicles must have a permit 

All camping fees will apply.

NOTICE: All events will be done in accordance with the State of Kansas Covid 19 guidelines.


10/15/2022

Shawnee Co. - Topeka

Location: Shawnee Co State Lake

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 10/15/22 - 10/16/22

Time: 7:45 am - 5:30 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work, please type the address into your browser.


10/16/2022

Butler Co. - El Dorado

Location: Steel Waters

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2022

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work, please type the address into your browser.


10/09/2022

Jefferson Co. - Valley Falls

Location: Kendall State Bank Community Hall

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 10/09/22 - 10/16/22

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work please type the address into your browser.


10/16/2022

Anderson Co. - Garnett

Location: Optimist Youth Building - North Lake - Garnett

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2022

Contact: Rockers

Phone No: 785-835-6580

Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm


Other Information:

Internet Students must complete the online portion of the course at: ksoutdoors.com or (https://programs.ksoutdoors.com/prg/Programs/Hunter-Education-Certification) prior to attending the field day. Please read all instructions online: students are required to bring to class the Certificate of Online Completion.

Each student will be issued a pre-test over the online materials. A passing score of 22 correct answers out of 25 questions is required to proceed with the rest of the course. Students failing to achieve the minimum score of 22 will be dismissed from the class.

Internet students are required to complete classroom training and participate in Field Day exercises. Field Day exercises; will be much like an actual hunt as possible with live fire and outdoor activities (all firearms and ammunition will be provided).

It is recommended to wear boots or walking shoes and long pants.

Students must be 11 to become certified

$15.00 each student to offset facility fees

Students must be pre-registered to attend

Limited Class Size

Contact: Rockers 785-835-6580


McPherson Co. - McPherson

Location: McPherson Valley Uplands Learning Center

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2022

Contact: Floyd Pearson

Phone No: 620-755-6394

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

Students should call or email Floyd 620-755-6394: floyd.pearson@gmail.com to register.


10/15/2022

Dickinson Co. - Abilene

Location: Abilene Rec

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 10/15/22 - 10/16/22

Contact: Abilene Rec

Phone No: 785-263-7266



10/19/2022

Little Jerusalem 10-19

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Type: Off Trail Hike

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Contact: Sara Kay Carrell sarakay.carrell@ks.gov

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Other Information:

***NOTICE*** 

Please be observant of weather conditions!! This years “shoulder season” and spring is being even more unpredictable than usual!!! I cannot have tours if there has been recent rains, snow or melting/melted snow. Hiking off trail in wet conditions damages the environment of Little Jerusalem. Monitor the National Weather Service locations for Scott City and Oakley to be familiar with weather conditions prior to your trip!

**My days off vary for the month of October. I check emails only when at work. Please plan ahead when making your reservations to know for sure there is space available in a tour!!!

Space is limited on tours. Spaces must be reserved. I try for the tours to not be too much larger than 15-20 people. Please make your plans and email sarakay.carrell@ks.gov to reserve a spot! Hikes down in the rocks will be approximately 1.5 hours. Please plan for about a 2 hour timeframe to allow for time to hike back to the parking lot!. Email is the BEST way to reach Sara Kay!!!

Come to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park and enjoy an off trail guided hike lead by the naturalist! Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, and scrambling thru grass and brush. Wear boots or other appropriate footwear that covers the feet. Bring water, a snack, binoculars, and a hiking stick! Please do not underestimate the terrain.

During the summer, it is HOT down in the canyons. The rock formations do a great job of blocking the wind, so BE PREPARED for temperatures to be 10+ degrees warmer during the hike in the rocks!

During the winter, it can be pretty chilly in the rock formations! The winds are predominantly North or Northwest winds, which means the wind whips right thru the canyon bottoms and can chill us down! Plan for a windchill factor in the winter!

We will start at the Life on the Rocks trail head and venture off in a direction that will take us off into the bottoms of the rock formations. Once at the base of the rocks, we will explore the various nooks, crannies, and spires of Little Jerusalem's Niobrara chalk formations. Along the way, we learn about the grasses, forbs, mammals, reptiles, insects, geology, and other great things that nature presents to us.  Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, ups and downs, and scrambling thru grass and brush. No set path is followed! So be ready for an adventure! It is an intermediate level hike/terrain. We hike at a moderate pace with stop and go to learn, talk, ask questions, and take photos.

**Hikes will be cancelled by inclement weather!** If it is snowing, blizzarding, freezing rain, raining, lightning, or any other unsafe weather brought on by Mother Nature, all activities will be canceled at Little Jerusalem. Scott City and Oakley are the closest towns to search for weather on National Weather Service. Please call the Historic Lake Scott office for the latest update on weather cancellations, 620-872-2061


10/21/2022

HIllsdale State Park

Location: Marina Boat Ramp

Type: BNSF Railway Fishing Tournament

Date: Friday, October 21, 2022

Contact: Lonnie Williams

Phone No: 760-444-1921

Time: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm


Other Information:

For more info contact, Lonnie Williams @ 760-444-1921 or James Riedesel @ 816-835-0178.


10/22/2022

Zombie Walk

Location: Prairie Spirit Trail

Type: Walking/running

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022

Contact: Rick Felt or Craig McGee

Phone No: 785-304-6342 or 785-204-2368

Time: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

There will be a 5k walk on the Prairie Spirit Trail by the north lake in Garnett benefitting the local boy scout troop followed by a function near the lake that would host a variety of vendors.  Register here: 

http://www.raceentry.com/races/garnett-zombie-walk/2022/register


TRAIL NERDS rescheduled from Sept 3

Location: PERRY STATE PARK

Type: Running Event

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022

Contact: Ben Holmes

Phone No: 816-810-0440

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

THIS EVENT is a reschedule from Sept 3 2022

Trail Running at Perry State Park Hike Bike Trails

Half Marathon Course

Parking at Kimberly Trail Head

Vehicle Permits are REQUIRED FOR ALL VEHICLES Please use the self-pay KIOSK. Cash only for Daily Permits: Cost 5.00 per vehicle

For more information Contact: badbendrs@yahoo.com

Covid: Wear a mask, be aware of touched surfaces and social distance.


10/14/2022

Douglas Co. - Lawrence

Location: First Presbyterian Church

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 10/14/22 - 10/22/22

Time: 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work, please type the address into your browser.


10/22/2022

Nemaha Co. - Seneca

Location: Nemaha Co Community Building

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022

Contact: Jordan Weaver - City of Seneca Rec Director

Phone No: 785-294-0336

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work, please type the address into your browswer.


Halloween at Perry State Park

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Campsite Decorations Hay Rack Ride

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022

Contact: Perry State Park

Phone No: 785-246-3449

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Other Information:

Please check out our Facebook page for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/PerryStatePark

Vehicle permits will be required.

Trick or Treating

Campsite decorations are encouraged.  

There will be a hayrack ride, hot chocolate and smores!


Hodgeman Co. - Jetmore

Location: Horsethief Reservoir

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022

Contact: Mike Nyhoff

Phone No: 785-545-5285

Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Other Information:

Class is sponsored by Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors


Franklin Co. - Ottawa

Location: Camp Chippawa

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022

Contact: Gun Guys

Phone No: 785-418-0711

This is an All Day Event



10/21/2022

Saddle and Sirloin Club of Kansas City

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Trail Ride

Dates: 10/21/22 - 10/23/22

Contact: Jo Turner and Dewayne Burgess

Phone No: 785-230-4349 or 785-230-5241

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

Location: Wild Horse Equestrian Shelter, Campground and Trails

Check Facebook "Let's Ride--Perry Lake"

Vehicle Permits are REQUIRED FOR ALL VEHICLES to enter the State Park- No matter the length of stay.

All camping fees will apply.

NOTICE: All events will be done in accordance with the State of Kansas Covid 19 guidelines.


10/22/2022

Kansas Bass Nation

Location: WIlson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: FIshing Tournament

Dates: 10/22/22 - 10/23/22

Contact: Danny Barrett

Phone No: 620-200-8723

Time: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm



Fat Tire Festival

Location: Historic Lake Scott State Park

Type: Mountain Bicycle Riding and Racing

Dates: 10/22/22 - 10/23/22

Contact: Sara Kay Carrell sarakay.carrell@ks.gov

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

First Annual Historic Lake Scott Fat Tire Festival!!

Tentative Details:

For Questions, email sarakay.carrell@ks.gov

Hill Climb Challenge: Ready to take on a hill? Well, Heart Attack Hill is waiting for us! Lungs will be BURNING!!! 

Hill Climb Details: Saturday October 22nd

Location: Horse Camp

Time:10:15am Registration.  11:00am Begin Hill Climb Challenge with Staggered Start

Route: Start at Horse Camp. Blaze down Juniper Drive and thru the wildlife area. Power up Heart Attack Hill. Collapse in a burning heap at the top….

Short Track Cross Country Challenge: A lap distance of approximately 2 to 3 miles will be marked. The timer will be set for 45 minutes. You have to complete as many laps as possible in that 45 minutes!

Short Track Cross Country Details: Saturday October 22nd

Location: To Be Determined.

Time:1:30pm Registration (same numbers used as Hill Climb). Start Time 2:00pm, Mass Start

Saturday October 22nd Evening: Potluck supper, camping, campfires, etc

3 Hour Marathon Mountain Bike Challenge: How much of the Lake Scott Trails can you handle??? Today is the day to find out!!!!

3 Hour Challenge Details: Sunday October 23rd

Location: Horse Thief 601 Campsite

Time: 9:15am Registration (same number used from your other events) 10:00am Mass Start

Route: The FULL lap around Historic Lake Scott!!! As many times as you possibly can!!!! 6.5 miles of pure FUN!!!!

Pre Registration is preferred!!! This allows me to have as many details prepped before each event!!!!

To Pre-Register (or to ask more questions!), please email me:  sarakay.carrell@ks.gov.  I WILL send a reply to your email!! If you do not get a reply within a couple working days, please call the office 620-872-2061.

For those that prefer to have a map before the event, I will be making a Google Earth map image. You must email me so I can send you the map file!

REGISTRATION: Please email by end of day Thursday October 20th. (Please just don't wait until late at night Friday October 21st! I will not be checking email after Friday 4pm!)

Fees: This is a “Bring Your Own Prize” style entry fee!! Each participant is asked to bring a prize valued at approximately $10. Be creative. Be fun. Be unique! Prizes can be home made. Prizes can be purchased. Prizes can be little bundles of a variety of items. Just have fun with choosing a prize to bring to share!

Age Groups: No age groups or men and women divisions. This is just a fun gathering of fitness minded individuals! Remember the “Bring Your Own Prize” details? Well, prizes are awarded by finishing order! This gives each person a chance to win something fun!

Restrooms: Restrooms will be available. There are flushing toilets open at the newest restroom on the East side of Circle Drive. (Currently, this restroom is closed due to a collapsed septic system. Plans are to have this restroom fully functioning by race day! Stay tuned for this detail to be updated!!)

Water Stations: Locations to be announced!

MORE DETAILS TO COME!! STAY TUNED!!!


10/24/2022

Little Jerusalem 10-24

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Type: Off Trail Hike

Date: Monday, October 24, 2022

Contact: Sara Kay Carrell sarakay.carrell@ks.gov

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Other Information:

***NOTICE***

Please be observant of weather conditions!! This years “shoulder season” and spring is being even more unpredictable than usual!!! I cannot have tours if there has been recent rains, snow or melting/melted snow. Hiking off trail in wet conditions damages the environment of Little Jerusalem. Monitor the National Weather Service locations for Scott City and Oakley to be familiar with weather conditions prior to your trip!

**My days off vary for the month of October. I check emails only when at work. Please plan ahead when making your reservations to know for sure there is space available in a tour!!!

Space is limited on tours. Spaces must be reserved. I try for the tours to not be too much larger than 15-20 people. Please make your plans and email sarakay.carrell@ks.gov to reserve a spot! Hikes down in the rocks will be approximately 1.5 hours. Please plan for about a 2 hour timeframe to allow for time to hike back to the parking lot!. Email is the BEST way to reach Sara Kay!!!

Come to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park and enjoy an off trail guided hike lead by the naturalist! Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, and scrambling thru grass and brush. Wear boots or other appropriate footwear that covers the feet. Bring water, a snack, binoculars, and a hiking stick! Please do not underestimate the terrain.

During the summer, it is HOT down in the canyons. The rock formations do a great job of blocking the wind, so BE PREPARED for temperatures to be 10+ degrees warmer during the hike in the rocks!

During the winter, it can be pretty chilly in the rock formations! The winds are predominantly North or Northwest winds, which means the wind whips right thru the canyon bottoms and can chill us down! Plan for a windchill factor in the winter!

We will start at the main overlook at the west end of the parking lot (The Ramada Overlook) and venture off in a direction that will take us off into the bottoms of the rock formations. Once at the base of the rocks, we will explore the various nooks, crannies, and spires of Little Jerusalem's Niobrara chalk formations. Along the way, we learn about the grasses, forbs, mammals, reptiles, insects, geology, and other great things that nature presents to us.  Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, ups and downs, and scrambling thru grass and brush. No set path is followed! So be ready for an adventure! It is an intermediate level hike/terrain. We hike at a moderate pace with stop and go to learn, talk, ask questions, and take photos.

**Hikes will be cancelled by inclement weather!** If it is snowing, blizzarding, freezing rain, raining, lightning, or any other unsafe weather brought on by Mother Nature, all activities will be canceled at Little Jerusalem. Scott City and Oakley are the closest towns to search for weather on National Weather Service. Cancellation notices will be posted on this hike day's info.


10/18/2022

Riley Co. - Manhattan

Location: To be determined

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 10/18/22 - 10/25/22

Contact: Tuttle Creek State Park Office


Other Information:

Pre-registration required at Tuttle Creek State Park Office. Students receive manual, course syllabus, locations and home work assignment at sign up. Class is limited to 30 students.


10/29/2022

Grant Co. - Ulysses

Location: Grant County Civic Center (South Room)

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work please type the address into your browser.


Sherman Co. - Goodland

Location: Goodland Gun Club

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work, please type the address into your browser.

Lunch will be provided.
If you have any questions please contact Troy Mannis at tmannis@st-tel.net


Rails to Trails Extravaganza (Pending)

Location: Prairie Spirit Trail

Type: Running Marathon

Dates: 10/29/22 - 10/30/22

Contact: patrick@timerguys.com

Time: 6:00 am - 12:00 pm


Other Information:

Please join us on the Prairie Spirit Trail in Ottawa at the Celebration Hall for the annual Timer Guys' Fall Rails to Trails Extravaganza ultra marathon. Sign up and race information to be announced. 


10/31/2022

Little Jerusalem 10-31

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Type: Off Trail Hike

Date: Monday, October 31, 2022

Contact: Sara Kay Carrell

Phone No: 620-872-2061 or sarakay.carrell@ks.gov

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Other Information:

***NOTICE***

Please be observant of weather conditions!! This years “shoulder season” and spring is being even more unpredictable than usual!!! I cannot have tours if there has been recent rains, snow or melting/melted snow. Hiking off trail in wet conditions damages the environment of Little Jerusalem. Monitor the National Weather Service locations for Scott City and Oakley to be familiar with weather conditions prior to your trip!

**My days off vary for the month of October. I check emails only when at work. Please plan ahead when making your reservations to know for sure there is space available in a tour!!!

Space is limited on tours. Spaces must be reserved. I try for the tours to not be too much larger than 15-20 people. Please make your plans and email sarakay.carrell@ks.gov to reserve a spot! Hikes down in the rocks will be approximately 1.5 hours. Please plan for about a 2 hour timeframe to allow for time to hike back to the parking lot!. Email is the BEST way to reach Sara Kay!!!

Come to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park and enjoy an off trail guided hike lead by the naturalist! Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, and scrambling thru grass and brush. Wear boots or other appropriate footwear that covers the feet. Bring water, a snack, binoculars, and a hiking stick! Please do not underestimate the terrain.

During the summer, it is HOT down in the canyons. The rock formations do a great job of blocking the wind, so BE PREPARED for temperatures to be 10+ degrees warmer during the hike in the rocks!

During the winter, it can be pretty chilly in the rock formations! The winds are predominantly North or Northwest winds, which means the wind whips right thru the canyon bottoms and can chill us down! Plan for a windchill factor in the winter!

We will start at the main overlook at the west end of the parking lot (The Ramada Overlook) and venture off in a direction that will take us off into the bottoms of the rock formations. Once at the base of the rocks, we will explore the various nooks, crannies, and spires of Little Jerusalem's Niobrara chalk formations. Along the way, we learn about the grasses, forbs, mammals, reptiles, insects, geology, and other great things that nature presents to us.  Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, ups and downs, and scrambling thru grass and brush. No set path is followed! So be ready for an adventure! It is an intermediate level hike/terrain. We hike at a moderate pace with stop and go to learn, talk, ask questions, and take photos.

**Hikes will be cancelled by inclement weather!** If it is snowing, blizzarding, freezing rain, raining, lightning, or any other unsafe weather brought on by Mother Nature, all activities will be canceled at Little Jerusalem. Scott City and Oakley are the closest towns to search for weather on National Weather Service. 


11/03/2022

Not Lost Brewing Ride - Ottawa Bike and Trail

Location: Prairie Spirit Trail

Type: Cycling

Date: Thursday, November 03, 2022

Contact: Ottawa Bike and Trail

Phone No: 913-951-1070

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Other Information:

Every Thursday night, cyclists will meet at Ottawa Bike and Trail for the Not Lost Ride. Cyclists will meet at 6:00 pm and the ride starts at 6:30 pm sharp. This is a show-and-go bicycle ride on the trails, gravel roads, and low traffic roads surrounding Ottawa. The 17-25 mile route changes each week but we always have a 10-mile beginner option. After the ride, cyclists meet at Not Lost Brewing to enjoy a cold beer and compare stories. For more information about signup or ride routes, please contact the number or visit Not Lost Brewing Ride (ridewithgps.com)


Not Lost Brewing Ride - Ottawa Bike and Trail

Location: Flint Hills Trail

Type: Cycling

Date: Thursday, November 03, 2022

Contact: Ottawa Bike and Trail

Phone No: 913-951-1070

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Other Information:

Every Thursday night, cyclists will meet at Ottawa Bike and Trail for the Not Lost Ride. Cyclists will meet at 6:00 pm and the ride starts at 6:30 pm sharp. This is a show-and-go bicycle ride on the trails, gravel roads, and low traffic roads surrounding Ottawa. The 17-25 mile route changes each week but we always have a 10-mile beginner option. After the ride, cyclists meet at Not Lost Brewing to enjoy a cold beer and compare stories. For more information about signup or ride routes, please contact the number or visit Not Lost Brewing Ride (ridewithgps.com)


11/10/2022

Johnson Co. - Olathe

Location: Bass Pro Shop

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 11/10/22 - 11/12/22

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration opens 10/10/2022 at 12:01AM (midnight). Classes have traditionally filled up very quickly.

Registration and additional information is online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work you will need to type the address into your browser.


11/12/2022

Turkey Trot Fun Run

Location: Flint Hills Trail

Type: Running/Walking

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022

Contact: Kelly Farr

Phone No: 913-755-3622

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Other Information:

Ozone USD 367 Sport and Fitness Zone will be hosting a Turkey Trot Fun on the Flint Hills Trail with three different distance options - 1mile, 4k, and 10mile.  Participants will park at Mile 0 and bus 10 mile participants to Rantoul where they will head northwest a bit before looping back around and heading towards Osawatomie.  5K participants will do the same at the Indianapolis crossing. If interested in signing up, please call 913-755-3622 or email farr@usd376.org. Let's make room for that big Thanksgiving feast! Activities (usd367ozone.org)


11/19/2022

Lagerhead Marathon (KC Running Co.)

Location: Prairie Spirit Trail

Type: Running Marathon

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022

Contact: Brad Ziegler

Phone No: 816-529-5860

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

This third annual event features a flat out and back course along the Prairie Spirit Trail, a compressed crushed limestone rails to trail course starting and ending in Ottawa, Kansas.  The course is a certified out and back course heading southeast from downtown Ottawa. We ask all marathon and half marathon finishers to complete their race by 3:00pm.  The top three male and female finishers in each event will receive awards along with the top male and female masters finishers in each event. All participants will receive a custom finishers medal. Participants can add a t-shirt ($8) and/ or a sweatshirt ($40) to their registration. All participants 21 and over will also have a craft beer from local brewery Not Lost Brewing waiting for them at the finish line after the race. ID required to be shown at packet pickup.  For signup information, please visit Lagerhead Marathon and Half (runningintheusa.com)


Ottawa Co. - Minneapolis

Location: Ottawa State Fishing Lake

Type: Advanced Furharvester Education

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022

Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. This is not a Furharvester Education Course for certification.

We will be covering numerous topics on trapping such as finding sign, trap types, setting traps for different species, skinning/fleshing and more. Anyone interested in trapping is welcome to attend. Elk burgers will be provided for lunch. Dress for spending most of the day outside. Any questions about the class, call James Svaty 785-420-0002.  


Turkey Trot 13 and 6.5 mile Run

Location: Historic Lake Scott State Park

Type: Half Marathon Run

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022

Contact: Sara Kay Carrell sarakay.carrell@ks.gov

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

First Annual Historic Lake Scott Turkey Trot!!!

For Questions, please email sarakay.carrell@ks.gov

Half Marathon Option: Two laps around Lake Scott. This will be about 13 miles. Route will consist of the road system that circles around the lake! Half paved, half dirt county roads and a bit of highway 95. 

10k Option: One lap around Lake Scott. This will be about 6.5 miles. Route will consist of the road system that circles around the lake! Half paved, half dirt county roads and a bit of Highway 95. 

Laps around Lake Scott include a mix of pavement, maintained dirt county roads, and a little bit of Highway 95.

Registration/Start/Finish will be at the Program Area. This is south of the Beach House and/or on the East side of the Circle Drive Utility camping area. 

Pre Registration is preferred!!! This allows me to have as many details prepped before run day and to ensure I have enough supplies on course for the runners!!!

To Pre-Register (or to ask more questions!), please email me:  sarakay.carrell@ks.gov.  I WILL send a reply to your email!! If you do not get a reply within a couple working days, please call the office 620-872-2061.

For those that prefer to have a map before the event, I will be making a Google Earth map image. You must email me so I can send you the map file!

REGISTRATION: Please email by end of day Wednesday November 16th. (Please just don't wait until late at night Friday November 18th! I will not see your email!)

ON SITE: Registration opens at 9:15am.

RUN START TIME: 10:00am

Fees: This is a “Bring Your Own Prize” style entry fee!! Each participant is asked to bring a prize valued at approximately $10. Be creative. Be fun. Be unique! Prizes can be home made. Prizes can be purchased. Prizes can be little bundles of a variety of items. Just have fun with choosing a prize to bring to share!

Age Groups: No age groups or men and women divisions. This is just a fun gathering of fitness minded individuals! Remember the “Bring Your Own Prize” details? Well, prizes are awarded by finishing order! This gives each person a chance to win something fun!

Restrooms: Restrooms will be available. There are flushing toilets open at the newest restroom on the East side of Circle Drive. There is also a vault toilet available at the Boat ramp. (Currently, these restrooms are closed due to a collapsed septic system. Plans are to have this restroom fully functioning by November!)

Water Stations: Locations to be announced!

MORE DETAILS TO COME!!! STAY TUNED!!  


11/25/2022

Black Friday

Location: Hillsdale State Park

Type: Opt Outside

Date: Friday, November 25, 2022

Contact: Hillsdale State Park

Phone No: 913-594-3600

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

Black Friday      #Opt Outside, Kansas State Parks


12/01/2022

Not Lost Brewing Ride - Ottawa Bike and Trail

Location: Prairie Spirit Trail

Type: Cycling

Date: Thursday, December 01, 2022

Contact: Ottawa Bike and Trail

Phone No: 913 -951-1070

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Other Information:

Every Thursday night, cyclists will meet at Ottawa Bike and Trail for the Not Lost Ride. Cyclists will meet at 6:00 pm and the ride starts at 6:30 pm sharp. This is a show-and-go bicycle ride on the trails, gravel roads, and low traffic roads surrounding Ottawa. The 17-25 mile route changes each week but we always have a 10-mile beginner option. After the ride, cyclists meet at Not Lost Brewing to enjoy a cold beer and compare stories. For more information about signup or ride routes, please contact the number or visit Not Lost Brewing Ride (ridewithgps.com)


Not Lost Brewing Ride - Ottawa Bike and Trail

Location: Flint Hills Trail

Type: Cycling

Date: Thursday, December 01, 2022

Contact: Ottawa Bike and Trail

Phone No: 913-951-1070

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Other Information:

Every Thursday night, cyclists will meet at Ottawa Bike and Trail for the Not Lost Ride. Cyclists will meet at 6:00 pm and the ride starts at 6:30 pm sharp. This is a show-and-go bicycle ride on the trails, gravel roads, and low traffic roads surrounding Ottawa. The 17-25 mile route changes each week but we always have a 10-mile beginner option. After the ride, cyclists meet at Not Lost Brewing to enjoy a cold beer and compare stories. For more information about signup or ride routes, please contact the number or visit Not Lost Brewing Ride (ridewithgps.com)


01/01/2023

First Day Hike 2023

Location: Hillsdale State Park

Type: Hiking

Date: Sunday, January 01, 2023

Contact: Hillsdale State Park

Phone No: 913-594-3600

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am



01/19/2023

Johnson Co. - Olathe

Location: Bass Pro Shop

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 01/19/23 - 01/21/23

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration opens 12/20/2022 at 12:01AM (midnight). Classes have traditionally filled up very quickly.

Registration and additional information is online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work you will need to type the address into your browser.


02/09/2023

Johnson Co. - Olathe

Location: Bass Pro Shop

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 02/09/23 - 02/11/23

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration opens 1/09/2023 at 12:01AM (midnight). Classes have traditionally filled up very quickly.

Registration and additional information is online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work you will need to type the address into your browser.


03/16/2023

Johnson Co. - Olathe

Location: Bass Pro Shops

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 03/16/23 - 03/18/23

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration opens 2/9/2023 at 12:01AM (midnight). Classes have traditionally filled up very quickly.

Registration and additional information is online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work you will need to type the address into your browser.


04/06/2023

Johnson Co. - Olathe

Location: Bass Pro Shops

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 04/06/23 - 04/08/23

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration opens 3/6/2023 at 12:01AM (midnight). Classes have traditionally filled up very quickly.

Registration and additional information is online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work you will need to type the address into your browser.