Walkabout/Talkabouts: KAW Council holds monthly walkabout/talkabouts: a chance to take a walk with old and new friends, exploring a particular place in our watershed and learning more about the other-than-human species among us. We also enjoy a potluck meal together, and often shares stories on a topic of interest related to the earth and sky. You are welcome to attend either or both the walkabout and talkabout on any of these dates. Great events for people of all ages.


Sun., July 2, 4:30 p.m. — Walkabout/Talkabout in North Lawrence with River Walk. We’ll meet and eat, share stories of connecting with the earth and sky, then whoever wishes, take a short walk. Meet at 527 Lake Street, Lawrence, KS (North Lawrence). Please contact, or call Ken at 785/843-0253.

Sun., Sept. 3, 4:30 p.m. — Walkabout/ Talkabout BBQ near Wells Overlook. We’ll meet and eat, share stories of connecting with the earth and sky, then whoever wishes, take a short walk. Meet at 1357 N. 1000 Rd., Lawrence, KS (email for directions). For information, please contact, or call Ken at 785/843-0253.

Fri., Oct. 13 – Sat., Oct. 14 — Flint Hills Bluegrass and Bluestem Adventure. Come join us at the Millstream Motel, where we’ve reserved some rooms, for gathering and spending the night (if the motel is full, we can recommend other venues), then downtown to Cottonwood Falls to listen to bluestem music. We’ll also fit in a walk in the Tallgrass National Prairie Preserve nearby with time for learning more about the plants and seasons.

Thursday, 7:30 p.m. November 9: The Kansas Area Watershed Council presents an evening and reading with five Kansas Poets Laureate: Kevin Rabas, 2017-79; Eric McHenry, 2015-17; Wyatt Townley, 2013-15; Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, 2009-13; and Denise Low, 2007-09. Join us to hear poetry from each of the poets followed by time to visit, enjoy refreshment, and peruse the poets’ books.

Directions: The building is a little hard to find, hence all the description — you can find more at Our event will be in the Center for Design Research (CDR). Address is 2544 Westbrook Circle. Location west of Iowa street and east of Kasold Street: Take Bob Billings Parkway and turn south onto Westbrook Circle. Soon you will see the modern building with large glass wall, the Center for Design Research. Park were you can. The main entrance is at the end of a long ramp on the south side of the building. There is a handicapped entrance on the east side of the building. If you get lost, please call Ken at 785/843-0253. Landmarks are a large old barn (which houses KU ceramics) and an old stone house to the north (facing Billings Parkway) of the CDR building. This cluster of buildings is called the Chamney Barn Comples. The CDR is a green building with a living wall inside and many environmentally friendly features.. Check out the link above for more info on the building.