Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism

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State parks across Kansas will participate in the annual First Day Hike Event in which people are invited to hike on New Year’s Day.

Twenty-one Kansas state parks are taking part in the national event and will host free guided hikes this year.

Linda Lanterman is the director of the Parks division of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. She says the goal of the event is to encourage healthy lifestyles by getting people outside.

Chris Neal / For the Kansas News Service

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism stands to lose millions of dollars after record spring rains led to park closures, property damage and washed-out roads.

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The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission will vote this week on whether to restrict turkey hunting harvest in parts of Kansas for at least two years.

The commission will take up two measures Thursday in Scott City. A proposal from state biologists would reduce spring turkey tag limits to one per person and another would cancel the fall turkey season, beginning in 2020-21, for segments of the state.

GARDEN CITY, Kansas — Tens of millions of years ago, an inland sea covered parts of western Kansas. Today, chalk columns measuring 70 to 100 feet high tower above the arid terrain in Kansas’ newest state park.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

If the experience of getting a bat stuck in your house or office isn’t unpleasant enough, Kansas health officials say it also means you should go get checked for rabies.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has released an updated fish consumption advisory list for 2018.

Kansas Division of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism wants more people to get outdoors on Black Friday.

During Government Shutdown, State Parks Still Open

Oct 4, 2013

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is reminding people that state parks are still open during the federal government shutdown.

Park camping areas, trails, cabins, boat ramps, and other amenities are open, as are many of the businesses who serve lake visitors.

State nature centers are also open during regular hours. Access wildlife areas and fishing lakes operated by the department remains unchanged.

The federal shutdown has created some confusion about state parks.

New Kansas Park Proposed

Apr 16, 2013

The budgets proposed by the Kansas House and Senate include a plan to buy land in northeast Kansas for a new park.

The state parks department says it wants to buy 824 acres in Jefferson County for a park that would be used primarily for hunting and hiking.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the three parcels of land in southern Jefferson County, east of Perry, have an appraised value of $1.2 million.

There is free admission to all state parks Saturday for an open house hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

It will also be the last chance to buy off-season annual camping and vehicle permits before the prices go up April 1.

For more information about each park’s open house events, visit ksoutdoors.com.