Kansas Native Plant Society celebrates native flora of the Sunflower State

The Kansas Native Plant Society (KNPS) was established in 1978 as a nonprofit organization known as the Kansas Wildflower Society. Since then, KNPS has not only changed its name, it maintains a website featuring a wide variety of native plant information, offers educational programs to schools and other groups, publishes a quarterly newsletter for members, and provides resources for plant identification, stewardship, and propagation.

The organization also conducts field trips across the Sunflower State, exploring native plant communities and educating and entertaining participants.

In addition, KNPS conducts an annual membership event that will be held Sept. 21-23 this year in Hutchinson. Participants will visit the sand prairies in and around Reno County. The weekend will also include educational programs, a photo contest, and dinner.

For more information, email KNPS at or visit their website. A list of events held throughout the year may also be found on the website.