KACEE Award, Cleanup Results, and Volunteers Needed


KACEE Award for Kate Delehunt

KateDKate Delehunt, Friends of the Kaw’s Educational Specialist, will be honored on Friday, April 11 at the 2015 Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Awards Celebration of Kansas Association of Conservation and Education (KACEE.) She will receive the John K. Strickler Award. Kate has played a significant role in environmental education in Metro Kansas City for the past 35 years. She joined Friends of the Kaw’s staff in August of 2014 and helped to develop the Kids About Water (KAW) Project.


Kansas River Cleanup Results

IMG_1651IMG_1675With the help of Westar’s Green Team, over 35 volunteers removed over 300 tires and metal debris from bank of the Kansas River below Westar’s power line east of Lawrence on Saturday morning, March 14. Volunteers braved a chilly morning to help dig tires out of the bank and they also collected over 50 bags of trash and recylables
Two line trucks lifted tires and debris to the top of the bank where two bobcats moved waste to three large containers. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Waste Management arranged for the proper disposal of the tires and waste.
This was a very successful activity of Friends of the Kaw’s Douglas County Heritage Grant.


Earth Day Volunteers Needed!

If you can help us man a booth at one of the following Earth Day events please e-mail Dawn.

Saturday, March 28 – Prairie Village Earth Fair from 10am to 12:30pm or 12:30 to 3pm at Shawnee Mission East (75th and Mission Road.)

Saturday, March 28 – Johnson County Healthy Yards Expo from 9am to 11:30 or 11:30am to 2pm at the Shawnee Civic Center (SW corner of Phlumm and Johnson Drive)

Saturday, April 11 – Earth Day Celebration from 11am to 1:30pm or 1:30 to 4pm at South Park.

Saturday, April 18 – Party for the Planet at the Topeka Zoo in Gage Park from 9am to 12noon or 12 noon to 3pm.

Sunday, April 19 – Topeka Green Fair from 1 to 4pm at the City/County Library

We will set up the booths, have all the materials and train you at the beginning of your shift. Thanks – these are really fun events and you meet lots of interesting people.