6 Great Birdwatching Resources…and a Bonus!

Don’t let that summer heat turn you off of birdwatching. Fall migration season is just around the corner! Are you ready? Stock your birdwatching bookshelf with good identification tools before you need them. Here are a few that we’ve enjoyed: Peterson Field Guides to Birds: Every birdwatcher needs a good field guide, and these have…

Top 10 Kansas Towns

Looking for a few Kansas day trip ideas? Start here for some small-town charm.

Watching Kansas Wildlife

If you love to travel Kansas and see the spectacular plants and animals our state has to offer, Watching Kansas Wildlife: A Guide to 101 Sites by Bob Gress and George Potts may be a book you’ll want to keep in your car. After an introduction to wildlife viewing, Watching Kansas Wildlife lists 101 of…

Lenexa: Spinach Capital of the World

When most of us think about what makes Kansas cities and towns unique, spinach is usually far from our thoughts.  Learning that Lenexa was once hailed as the Spinach Capital of the World may come as a bit of a surprise. The first white settler of Lenexa was none other than Wild Bill Hickok.  However,…

Get Ready for May 2016

Summer is fast approaching! It’s time to battle the bugs, brush up on music skills, and plan some family time for Memorial Day. Discover the historical geography of the United States. Choose the right string gauge for your guitar. Deter garden bugs before they show up for lunch. Start a homemade construction project. Learn how…

Pawnee Indian Museum

The site of the present-day Pawnee Indian Museum near Republic, Kansas, was accepted by the state in 1901, making it the oldest State Historic Site. The site was dedicated and opened to the public that same year. Thousands came to witness the ceremony and to see a granite monument—to an event that never happened in…

Kansas State Parks—Free Download

As the weather warms up, it’s time to get outdoors! Whatever your interest is, Kansas has a state park just right for you. Kansas State Parks, available as a free PDF download from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, makes it easy to decide which park to tackle first. A map lets you…

Pros and Cons of the Interstate Highway System

The Interstate Highway System has its roots right here in Kansas.  Its foremost advocate was President Dwight D. Eisenhower of Abilene.  A portion of I-70 running through the state was the first to be completed under the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. That was 60 years ago.  There is no question that interstate highways…

6 Reasons to Preserve Kansas Heritage

Kansas has a unique heritage.  Just about anywhere you go in the state, you can see relics of our fascinating history mingled with modern everyday life. Have you ever stopped to consider the inestimable value that many of our state’s historic places and handed-down stories can provide?  Here are some of the reasons that we…