Sunflower Summer at Kansas State Parks

From July 1 through August 15 the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will be partnering with the Kansas Department of Education to offer Kansas students (K - 12) with free outdoor recreational opportunities. Kansas students and their families can enter each Kansas State park one time with a free vehicle permit provided by this program (vehicle permits must be picked up at Park Office or Gate House same day as visit). Along with park access, listed below are our special events and activities for Sunflower Summer participants and their families to enjoy across the State of Kansas. For more information about each of our state parks click "Find a State Park" under the STATE PARKS tab above.

Sunflower Summer Family Campout
Tuttle Creek State Park
Thursday, July 22, 2021

The State Park Division of the KDWP will be hosting a one night camping experience for families participating in the Sunflower Summer activities occurring across the State of Kansas. Families are invited to come stay with us for an afternoon and evening full of outdoor activities. Tents will be available for 20 families wanting to take part in this campout. Families MUST Pre-Register to attend this event. Tents will be provided for each family (up to 6 family members per tent). Supper will be provided for all registered families. 

Check In @ 3:30-4:00

Break Out Activities

- Kayaks and Canoes

- Archery/Air Rifle

- Fishing Education

Evening Activities

- Live Animal Talk

- Hiking Scavenger Hunt

- S'mores

To register for the Sunflower Summer Family Campout or for more information, contact Riston Landwehr by email Riston.Landwehr@ks.gov or by phone 620-672-0743

(More information about the campout and activities will be provided after registration)

Sunflower Summer Camp Night

The State Park Division of the KDWP will be providing one night camping opportunities across the State of Kansas. Seven of our State parks will be hosting one night camping opportunities throughout the months of July and August. Only five campsites will be available per park per camp night (pre-registration is required). These camp nights will include a one night stay at a State park campsite, a tent provided by KDWP (tents can fit up to 6 family members), and a day permit to access the State park. Registration must be done by 5 PM the day before the camp night date.

State Parks participating in this opportunity include:

-Cedar Bluff State Park

July 14th and 20th

-Cheney State Park

July 21st and 22nd

-Crawford State Park

July 30th and August 13th

-El Dorado State Park

July 8th and 15th

-Meade State Park

July 9th and 23rd

-Milford State Park

July 9th and August 6th

-Tuttle Creek State Park

July 15th and August 5th

To register for one of the Sunflower Summer Camp Nights or for more information, contact Riston Landwehr by email Riston.Landwehr@KANSAS. GOV or by phone 620 672 0743

(More information about these camp nights will be provided after registration)

Flint Hills Trail Ride

Thursday, July 15th the State Park Division of the KDWP will be hosting a family bike trail ride along the Flint Hills Trail. This event will Start at 9 AM in the Legacy Square area in Ottawa, KS. More information to come on this Sunflower Summer Event. (Bikes will NOT be provided)

Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park Tours and Scavenger Hunt

Monday, July 19th the State Park Division of the KDWP will be hosting a family day at the Little Jerusalem badlands State Park in Logan County, KS. A Scavenger Hunt will be held from 8:30-10:30 AM. Pre-registration will be required. Please contact Sara Kay at sarakay.carrell@ks.gov or call 620-872-2061.

State Park Special Events

From July 1st through August 15th, KDWP will offer several special events across the State of Kansas. Kansas students and their families will be able to participate in these events through the Sunflower Summer Family Fun Program hosted by the Kansas Department of Education. We will offer a widespread of events across our State parks ranging from a family beach bash to movie nights. Check out the KDWP calendar for all these events which can be viewed by clicking on "Kansas Outdoor Events" under the Events Tab. See Gate House or Park Office to receive your daily vehicle permit when participating in these events.