The Geary County Conservation District and the Geary County K-State Research and Extension office will host a Wildflower Walk and Pasture Tour Tuesday evening.
The event will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Wilson pasture at the northeast corner of Highway 77 and State Lake Road, just south of Junction City.
With the extensive spring rains and cooler temperatures, the native prairies are bursting with brilliant color and blooms. Visitors can learn the names and historical importance of the plants that are seen in the unique and diverse Flint Hills ecosystem. Chuck Otte, K-State Research and Extension agent, as well as local conservation district staff will be on hand to help visitors navigate through the pasture and answer questions about blooms and grasses.
The pasture that will be toured was this past year’s winner of the conservation district’s Grassland Award. It is part of a working cattle operation, and the land managers will be available to answer questions about rangeland management, including questions about spring burning.
Weather permitting, parking will be available on the limited maintenance road to the east of the highway. Everyone is asked to wear closed-toed shoes and clothing