If you are looking for a fun and educational way to spend Father's Day on Sunday, you might want to consider the Akin Prairie Wildflower Walk, hosted by the Kansas Land Trust in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its first conservation easement in Kansas.
If you have kids who think the prairie is empty and boring, this is the place to get their mind changed forever. And if you are one of the people who know how diverse, amazing and beautiful the native prairie is in June, then you really don't want to miss this.
The annual walk will be conducted by KLT founding member Kelly Kindscher and will be held on this Sunday, June 15, from 1 to 3:30 at Akin Prairie near Lawrence and will offer a chance to learn the names and growing habits of dozens of prairie species.
Quentin Fox of KC Face and Body Art will be on hand to decorate kids and kids-at-heart with painted native prairie flowers. And at the conclusion of the Walk we'll hold a drawing for native wildflower plants, generously donated by Kaw River Restoration Nursery.
As ever, this event is free and open to all, so bring the kids, bring the dads, have a native wildflower or two painted on your face, and pick up a free native plant for your garden!
To get to Aikin Prairie from Lawrence, head out of two on K-10 for two miles, then take the E 1900 Road exit, which is also labeled as Douglas County 1057. Go south two miles and then turn west on North 1150 Road.
There will be signs all along the way from K-10 to help you avoid getting lost.