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Outdoors

Opening of Born Learning Trail set for Saturday
October 15, 2012
The United Way of Douglas County invites community members to the opening of the Born Learning Trail from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Deerfield Park, which is just west of the intersection of Princeton Boulevard and Lawrence Avenue.
Course on hunter safety offered
August 22, 2012
A hunter education course will be offered this fall for anyone in Douglas County who has not completed the state-approved course on firearms and hunting safety.
Great American Backyard Campout promotes time outdoors
June 18, 2012
School’s out, and it may be getting hot, but that doesn’t mean kids have to stay in. June is Great Outdoors Month, as first declared by President Bill Clinton in 1998. In the spirit of getting outside, the National Wildlife Federation is putting on the Great American Backyard Campout on Saturday. The group encourages families to stay outdoors together and break out of the usual summer routine.
The right path: Choose trails for skill, activity, safety
May 14, 2012
Leslie Swearingen, 66, once hiked regularly but hasn’t gotten out much in recent years. Now, the Lawrence resident says she has a number of health problems and doctor’s orders to start exercising again. “I was thinking I could walk on a trail, and the scenery would be so nice,” Swearingen says. “It wouldn’t be the same as just plodding along the sidewalk.” However, like many potential trail users tempted by spring weather and fresh air, Swearingen wonders, “How safe is it?”
Clinton State Park to hold open house
March 15, 2012
Clinton State Park will be participating in a statewide State Park Open House on March 31.
Go Green: Tips for observing snowy owls and other wildlife
February 6, 2012
Lawrence has had some beautiful visitors from the North this brown winter. Though not unheard of, visits from snowy owls are definitely an exception to the rule in Kansas.
Expert: Conditions bad for monarchs
October 9, 2011
Migrating monarch butterflies are facing especially dire conditions this year as they pass through the Midwest on their yearly migration to northern Mexico.
Kansas Legislature approves bill allowing silencers for outdoor recreation
March 28, 2011
The Kansas Legislature has approved a bill that would allow the use of silencers for hunting, fishing and fur harvesting.
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Commission meeting in Lawrence
January 6, 2011
Today, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Commission will meet in Lawrence to discuss everything from big-game regulations to mountain lion sightings.
Annual bird count at Cheyenne Bottoms finds more species than usual
January 5, 2011
An annual bird count found that more species than usual stopped at the Cheyenne Bottoms wildlife on central Kansas this winter.
Fiery Kansas sunsets a true asset to state year-round
December 29, 2010
Some of the best sunsets happen in my rearview mirror. That was the case one October evening. I was eastbound, driving from Garden City to Dodge City, when a gorgeous sunset sneaked up behind me.
Officials plan another deer kill for Shawnee Mission Park in Johnson County
November 19, 2010
A northeast Kansas park that was the scene of a controversial deer hunt still has too many deer.
Small Kansas towns looking forward to pheasant season
November 11, 2010
Mona Hoisington recalls a parade being conducted here decades ago, but not many events have much staying power in Paradise.
Lawrence pumpkin patch owners carve out family attractions
October 18, 2010
It’s a giant metal trough filled with thousands of corn kernels. It seems silly, childish, but kids and adults love it alike. They get in, sit down and relax, sinking into the kernels.
For the love of pre-game
Tailgate parties evolve into epic productions
October 14, 2010
Today’s tailgate parties are all-day and all-night multimedia productions with satellite TVs, stereos, elaborate barbecue spreads, colorful tents, even custom vehicles and costumes.