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Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Prairie -- and the need for conservation of remnant prairies

  • Flint Hills Discovery Center 315 South 3rd Street Manhattan, KS, 66502 United States (map)

Speaker: Dr. Kelly Kindscher

Join the Flint Hills Discovery Center as we explore the edible and medicinal secrets of the native Tallgrass prairie.  Dr. Kelly Kindscher will dive deep into the world of ethnobotany exploring how Native Americans used many interesting plants like the echinacea and wild tomatillos.  He will also discuss the importance of protecting remnant native prairies and the work of the Kansas Land Trust.  Local conversation easement holders will be on hand to discuss the program and their experience. FREE and open to all ages.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Kelly Kindscher is a passionate advocate for native plants, native landscapes, and wild places.  Dr. Kindscher is Senior Scientist with the Kansas Biological Survey and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Kansas.  He is the author of Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie (1987) and Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie (1992).  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Land Trust.