Friend of the Flint Hills award recipient named

Flint Hills Discovery Center News Release

Contact: Megan Berry, Marketing Coordinator
(785) 587-2729 ext. 213, berrym@cityofmhk.com

Friend of the Flint Hills Recipient Announced

MANHATTAN – The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation has given a “Friend of the Flint Hills” award to an individual(s), nongovernmental organization, or public institution each spring since 2012. The award honors significant time, effort and resources devoted to the cause of conserving the Flint Hills of Kansas and northern Oklahoma and to the Flint Hills Discovery Center. This year, we are pleased to announce that the 2016 award will be given to native daughter and former U.S. Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker of rural Morris County.

“Nancy was chosen for her exemplary leadership role and commitment to the Flint Hills as an elected official,” said Bruce Snead, President of the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation.

Kassebaum’s love of Kansas and the Flint Hills region was exemplified by her efforts along with that of others in the establishment of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City, KS in 1996. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service.

The significance of the 20 year anniversary is that this was the first time a public and private entity came together and formed a partnership dedicated to preserving a portion of the last remaining stand of tallgrass prairie in North America. The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service partnered in order to foster preservation, provide a venue to interpret local cultural and historical features, provide visitors with the opportunity to become inspired and to explore the ecological, geological and historical aspects of the property. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is the only one of its kind in the National Park Service system.

Kassebaum served three terms representing the state of Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1979-1997. She returned to her permanent home in the Flint Hills in 2014 following the death of her husband, former U. S. Senator Howard Baker.

Former Senator Kassebaum Baker will accept her award at the annual recognition event on April 16, 2016 at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, Kansas.

The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation functions to advance the mission of the Flint Hills Discovery Center by providing support for its programs and initiatives, ensuring stewardship of the region’s tallgrass prairie. The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves as an active local, regional and national advocate by creating opportunities to give to the Foundation and provide for the long-term financial success of the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

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