The Nature Conservancy in Kansas Celebrates 25 Years

Public Invited to Attend Celebration Event at Smoky Valley Ranch

Topeka, Kansas | May 22, 2014

This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Nature Conservancy in Kansas. The Conservancy invites the public and media to attend a special celebration at Smoky Valley Ranch in Logan County, KS on June 7. Come experience one of the natural gems of Kansas and help the Conservancy celebrate its past and future in Kansas.

 The Kansas office opened in 1989, but the Conservancy has engaged in projects in Kansas dating back to 1965. When the office opened, it ushered in a new era for the Conservancy’s work in Kansas. The Conservancy has protected over 95,000 acres of land across the state including tallgrass prairies, wetlands, mixed-grass prairies and short-grass prairies.

Smoky Valley Ranch encompasses 17,000 acres of diverse wildlife and a rich cache of natural and human history. The event will showcase Smoky Valley Ranch as the vehicle for delivering the Conservancy’s mission throughout Western Kansas. The ranch demonstrates a place where short and mixed grass prairies have converged and where the balance of a healthy prairie ecosystem and a profitable ranching operation has taken place.

 During the event, visitors can take a driving tour of the ranch and hope to catch a glimpse of a pronghorn, golden eagle or jackrabbit. Visitors will get to hear about long-term goals for the ranch, including collaborative educational efforts and research projects on ranch management. Other activities include a hike that will take visitors to scenic and diverse sites on the ranch; and presentations about the history of the ranch, including the role of Native Americans and bison. Lunch will be provided for this event. 

To get an accurate food count, we ask that attendees RSVP to the Kansas office at or 785-233-4400 by Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 65 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Contact information

Shelby Stacy
Philanthropy and Communications Coordinator
2420 NW Button Road
Topeka, KS 66618

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