Free state parks day: No strings attached for enjoying your local outdoors

If you’re looking for a quality family activity that doesn’t cost money and doesn’t come with strings attached, take advantage of the Kansas state parks free park entrance events on April 25.

Both of Osage County’s state parks, Eisenhower and Pomona, are participating in the statewide day when families can visit any Kansas state park without the purchase of a daily vehicle permit. Select parks will be providing additional family-friendly activities during the day, such as guided hikes, animal displays, prize drawings, and fishing and archery.

Eisenhower State Park, at Melvern Lake, will be hosting an open house 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 25, kicking off with the 7th annual Run for Warmth 5K (registration required). Archery instruction for youth along with 3D targets will be available. A kids fishing derby has been planned at the youth fishing pond, with fishing equipment available. Friends of Eisenhower State Park will be cooking up 200 hot dogs for lunch – first come, first served until gone. In addition, an RV will be on display in the Churchill Campground. For more information, contact Eisenhower State Park at 785-528-4102.

At Pomona State Park, a flower planting party is planned for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 25, with everyone invited to bring a flower or bulb to share. Friends of Pomona State Park will also have flowers available to plant, along with some flower beds ready for planting. Everyone is encouraged to bring gloves and garden tools. In addition, the park office will be open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. that Saturday. For more information, contact Pomona State Park at 785-828-4933.

Other area state parks will also be having open houses with free park entrance, including the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism-operated Prairie Spirit Trail. The Prairie Spirit Trail State Park and the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy, operator of the Flint Hills Nature Trail, are cooperating in a trails open house 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 25 at the Old Depot Museum, 135 West Tecumseh St., in Ottawa. Visitors can meet with trail, outdoor and community representatives to receive information on trails and outdoor events in Kansas. Members of other clubs and groups will be to offer information about their programs. Free grilled hotdogs will be served 11 a.m.-1 p.m.. There will be no fee charged to use the Prairie Spirit Trail for the day, and as always, the Flint Hills Nature Trail is open for use without a fee.

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