Kansas Outdoor Events


12/03/2022

Grant Co. - Ulysses

Location: Church of Christ

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, December 03, 2022

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available at safehunters.com.


12/02/2022

Reno Co. - Partridge

Location: Plainview Community Center/ The Corder

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 12/02/22 - 12/03/22


Other Information:

Registration will open November 17. 

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com.


12/05/2022

Little Jerusalem 12-05

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Type: Off Trail Hike

Date: Monday, December 05, 2022

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

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 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!

And in the summer.... its HOT there. Plan and be prepared and be safe!!!  Tours might be shorter on the very hot days. And there is a chance tours can be cancelled in the extreme heat.

**My days off vary in December. I only check emails 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.


12/09/2022

Little Jerusalem 12-09

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands

Type: Off Trail Hike

Date: Friday, December 09, 2022

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

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Other Information:

***NOTICE*** CANCELLED due to attending a trail building and maintenance training ***

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!

And in the summer.... its HOT there. Plan and be prepared and be safe!!!  Tours might be shorter on the very hot days. And there is a chance tours can be cancelled in the extreme heat.

**My days off vary in December. I only check emails 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.


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



First Day Hike

Location: Meade State Park

Type: Guided Hike

Date: Sunday, January 01, 2023

Contact: Meade State Park

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark for more information on this event, or call the park office.


Cedar Bluff First Day Hike 2023

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park- Butterfield Trail

Type: Self-Guided Hike

Date: Sunday, January 01, 2023

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

Start your 2023 right by joining us on January 1st for the First Day Hike. The staff at Arthur's Pizza from Ellis KS will be sponsoring a Family Friendly Costume Contest, so you have a chance to win a pizza! Bring your family and your pets for this great event.


12/22/2022

Perry Office Closed - Holdiay

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Office Closed Holdiay

Dates: 12/22/22 - 01/03/23

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

Happy Holidays

The Park remains open, and all fees will still apply. Daily Vehicle permits and the 2-day camping permits can be obtained, at the self-pay Kiosk.

Most hunting/fishing licenses and permits can be purchased at https://license.gooutdoorskansas.com or Toll-Free Telephone: 1-833-587-2164, hours are 6am - 9pm.


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.


02/25/2023

Half Marathon Run - KC Running Company

Location: Mile Zero - Osawatomie, KS

Type: Running

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023

Contact: Brad Ziegler

Phone No: 816-529-5860

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Other Information:

Enter a half marathon on the beautiful Flint Hills Trail State Park, starting from Mile 0 in Osawatomie, KS.


03/18/2023

Trout Derby

Location: Meade State Park

Type: fishing tournament

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023

Contact: Meade State Park Office

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

For more information on this event, visit facebook.com/MeadeStatePark or contact the park office.


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.


04/15/2023

Midwest Endurance Race Co.

Location: Osawatomie, KS - Mile Zero

Type: Running

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023

Time: 5:00 am - 8:00 pm


Other Information:

Midwest Endurance Race Co brings you the Mile 0 Ultra Runs of 50K, 20m, 10m, and a Fun Run.

Sign up https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=98567


05/06/2023

OK Kids Day

Location: Meade State Park

Type: Family oriented outdoor activities

Date: Saturday, May 06, 2023

Contact: Meade State Park Office

Phone No: 620-873-2572

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

For more information on this event visit facebook.com/MeadeStatePark or call the park office.


05/20/2023

Kids Movie Night- Kids to Park Day 2023

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park- Bluffton Community Shelter

Type: Movie

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Other Information:

Kick off the summer by joining us for a Movie in the Park! Movie to be determined later. Popcorn and Pop provided by the Cedar Bluff Diehards


05/27/2023

Park Party- Cedar Bluff State Park 2023

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park- Bluffton Community Shelter

Type: Outdoor Festival

Date: Saturday, May 27, 2023

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Other Information:

Cedar Bluff State Park is the place to be on Memorial Day weekend! Kick off the summer with the annual Park Party. Outdoor games will be placed in the afternoon and dance the night away starting at 7:00 pm with DJ KZNC. You don't want to miss this great event!


06/17/2023

Archery Clinic/Fun Day

Location: Meade State Park

Type: archery clinic

Dates: 06/17/23 - 06/07/23

Contact: Meade State Park Office

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Other Information:

For more information on this event, visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark or call the park office.


06/10/2023

Kayak Safety Course

Location: Meade State Park

Type: Educational Programming

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2023

Contact: Meade State Park

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Other Information:

For more information on this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark or call the park office


OK Kids Day- Cedar Bluff State Park 2023

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park- Pa's Pond

Type: Youth Event

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2023

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

Are you a Outdoor Kid? If not, learn how to be one! Join us for the annual Cedar Bluff State Park's OK Kids Day. The second Saturday in June. We start the event off with a Youth Fishing Tournament at Pa's Pond, followed by a free lunch and other outdoor activities. Activities such as trap shooting, archery, outdoor games and crafts, and more! Win prizes! All Outdoor Kids and their families are welcome! 


06/09/2023

Midwest Endurance Race Co

Location: Osawatomie, KS - Mile Zero

Type: Running

Dates: 06/09/23 - 06/11/23

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 am


Other Information:

RAIL RAMPAGE is an ultra-relay running experience consisting of the following events: 200K relay for teams of four or eight runners, 200K individual race, 100K relay for teams of two or four, and 100K individual race.

Sign up: https://www.ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=99557


06/17/2023

Movie Night

Location: Meade State Park

Type: family friendly film

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2023

Contact: Meade State Park Office

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 9:30 pm


Other Information:

For more information on this event, visit www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark or call the park office.


07/01/2023

Movie Night

Location: Meade State Park

Type: family friendly movie

Date: Saturday, July 01, 2023

Contact: Meade State Park

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 9:30 pm


Other Information:

Check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark for more information on this event, or call the park office.


Celebration of Pets & Vets- Cedar Bluff State Park 2023

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park

Type: Festival

Date: Saturday, July 01, 2023

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Other Information:

Come to Cedar Bluff State Park for an alternative to Fireworks. We offer a "quiet option" for the Independence Day Weekend. Enjoy a Flag Raising Ceremony, American Flag display that lines the entire North Shore park, UTV and pet parade and more! We celebrate the people that made our country free and also the pets that give us so much joy! Many United States Veterans struggle with the sounds of fireworks because it brings them back to their time at war. Also many of our four legged friends are scared by the loud noises of fireworks. That is why Cedar Bluff State Park has made the choice to be a "firework free" option. Join us for this great celebration!


07/22/2023

Kayak Safety Course

Location: Meade State Park

Type: Educational Programming

Date: Saturday, July 22, 2023

Contact: Meade State Park

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Other Information:

For more information on this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark/events or call the park office.


08/05/2023

Park Party

Location: Meade State Park

Type: carnival and outdoor-oriented games for families

Date: Saturday, August 05, 2023

Contact: Meade State Park

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Check out our facebook page for more information on this event! www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark or call the park office.


Movie Night

Location: Meade State Park

Type: family friendly movie

Date: Saturday, August 05, 2023

Contact: Meade State park

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 9:30 pm


Other Information:

Check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark for more information on this event or call the park office.


09/02/2023

Beach Party- Cedar Bluff State Park 2023

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park- Bluffton Community Shelter

Type: Dance

Date: Saturday, September 02, 2023

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Other Information:

The summer is winding down... but not at Cedar Bluff State Park! We are celebrating another successful summer with our annual Beach Party! DJ Music by KZNC and fun outdoor games. Bring your lawn chair and your favorite beverage for a relaxing evening by the lake!


09/16/2023

Joe Robertson Memorial Car Show

Location: Meade State Park

Type: car show

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023

Contact: Meade State Park

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

Check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark for more information on this event or call the park office.


09/23/2023

Midwest Endurance Race Co

Location: Osawatomie, KS - Mile Zero

Type: Running

Dates: 09/23/23 - 09/24/23

Time: 6:00 am - 12:00 pm


Other Information:

Midwest Endurance brings you the Ultrapalooza at Mile Zero in Osawatomie with distances of 100M, 100K, 50M, 50K, and 1/2 Marathon.

Sign Up https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=98714


10/14/2023

Halloween in the Park

Location: Meade State Park

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

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023

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 or call the park office.