Prairie chicken in flight wearing illustrated party hat
30 Years in Kansas In 2019, The Nature Conservancy celebrates 30 years of conserving Kansas's lands and waters. © Prairie chicken © Jim Richardson


Pittsburg State University to Host Nature Conservancy Anniversary Event

Topeka, KS

On September 25, Pittsburg State University (PSU) will host The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in celebration of the conservation organization’s 30-year anniversary in Kansas. The event, open to the public, will be held at the Bicknell Family Arts Center, 1701 South Broadway Street, from 3:30 to 5:30pm.

The afternoon will begin with a welcome from PSU president Dr. Steven Scott. TNC director Rob Manes will give a presentation of the non-profit’s work in Kansas over the past 30 years and detail plans for the future. Drs. Virginia Rider and Joe Arruda along with additional PSU biology department faculty will be on hand to discuss local conservation research.  

The event was coordinated by Gordon Elliott, a long-time TNC trustee and current member of the PSU Foundation board.

“I have been pleased to see The Nature Conservancy emerge from the quiet organization that acquired and preserved land to one that has many partners and influences many landowners to be better stewards of the land they own,” says Elliott. “As I reflect on my tenure as a trustee, I want to ensure that I have been engaged in TNC’s future not just its past. One way to do that is to make sure as many people as possible know about our work to protect land, water and wildlife.”

TNC has protected 140,000 acres of the state’s most ecologically important lands and waters, including five preserves that are open to the public.

TNC requests that attendees contact Susan Smith at or 785-233-4400 to RSVP.

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