The Kansas office opened in 1989, but the Conservancy has engaged in projects in Kansas dating back to 1965. When the office opened, it ushered in a new era for the Conservancy’
Smoky Valley Ranch encompasses 17,000 acres of diverse wildlife and a rich cache of natural and human history. The event will showcase Smoky Valley Ranch as the vehicle for delivering the Conservancy’
During the event, visitors can take a driving tour of the ranch and hope to catch a glimpse of a pronghorn, golden eagle or jackrabbit. Visitors will get to hear about long-term goals for the ranch, including collaborative educational efforts and research projects on ranch management. Other activities include a hike that will take visitors to scenic and diverse sites on the ranch; and presentations about the history of the ranch, including the role of Native Americans and bison.Lunch will be provided for this event.
To get an accurate food count, we ask that attendees RSVP to the Kansas office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-233-4400 by Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
About The Presenters
Ken Weidner is a living history enthusiast who creates reproductions of Plains Indians’ materials. Local and national historical societies and museums have displayed his art, including two saddles displayed in the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. Weidner will set up a historically accurate tipi and show some of his handmade materials at the event.
Mike Baughn, is a researcher and documentarian from Brewster, Kansas who is active in several historical associations. He is the 3rd District Thomas County Commissioner and has held a wide variety of local political positions like Mayor of Brewster and Thomas County Sherriff. Baughn will present on the settlement era history of the ranch and surrounding areas.
About The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org (http://www.nature.org/