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Oakwood Farm Wildflower Walk with Courtney Masterson

  • Oakwood Farm 2391 Northeast 31st Street Topeka, KS, 66617 United States (map)

Please join us on Saturday morning, June 1, at 10 AM, for the dedication of preserving the prairie and woodlands of Oakwood Farm. Along with an introduction to the history of the farm along with its own unique preservation story, Courtney Masterson with Native Lands will lead a walk through the prairie and the woodlands. Please wear clothes and shoes for hiking. In the interest of reducing plastic, we won't have bottled water on site. Please bring along your water.

Oakwood Farm History

The history of the 96-acre conservation easement on Oakwood Farm is intertwined with the history of the State of Kansas. The land is located on the very east end of what are known locally as the Calhoun Bluffs and is situated directly north of a major north/south bend of the Kansas River just northeast of Topeka in Shawnee County, Kansas. Prior to white settlement of the area, the land was primarily tall grass prairie with some timber located near the river and along stream and creeks. Specifically, the land was located on the western part of a prairie ecoregion known as the Central forest-grassland transition. This area was traditionally a mixture of woodland and tall grass prairie. Nearly all of this ecoregion has been converted to farmland, towns and cities, roadway and other transportation corridors, housing, and a variety of other land uses. Today, remaining blocks of original habitat are small and highly fragmented. Such is the case with the land surrounding these preserved woodlands and prairie. Thanks to Martin and Wendy Jones for their generous commitment to conserving this prairie and woodlands for future generations.