Walnut Council Field Day
Date: Friday, June 2
Time: 8 a.m – 3 p.m.
Location:Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8909 West 179th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66013
Fee: $15/person. Includes program and lunch.
Registration: Kansas Forest Service, www.kansasforests.org (Click on News & Events)
Contact: Bob Atchison, firstname.lastname@example.org, (785) 532-3310
The Walnut Council is a non-profit nation-wide and international organization that represents over 1,000 woodland owners, foresters, ecologists, scientists and wood-producing industries. The mission focuses on transferring the best science and research available in the growth and care of black walnut, other fine quality trees, and related natural resources that provide wildlife habitat, recreation, water quality and forest products.
Each year the Kansas Chapter hosts a field day. This year’s location, the Overland Park Arboretum, offers an excellent variety of opportunities to connect with nature.
The 300 acre arboretum and botanical garden offers 13 gardens with more than 1,700 species of plants. There are miles of hiking trails that traverse rocky bluffs and bottomland paths along Wolf Creek. The native woodlands and prairie provide a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities.
This event will feature:
- woodland wildflower and tree identification hikes by experts from the Kansas Native Plant Society,
- sawmill demonstrations from Kansas Forest Service and private mill operators,
- wildlife management and deer damage control from K-State Research and Extension,
- sessions on improving woodland health and productivity,
- sick tree problems and
- streambank and water quality management.
Participants will be divided into groups of 15 to 20 people. Each group will have a designated leader who will guide participants to session locations. Everyone will have the opportunity to participate in all educational sessions offered at the field day. This all day-long event will offer morning refreshments and a lunch as part of the registration fee.A $15 registration covers the cost of lunch and other field day expenses.