- Four miles SE of Lawrence on N. 1150 Rd. Lawrence, KS 66044
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The Akin Prairie was protected in 1994, and was the Kansas Land Trust’s first conservation easement — the first established in the state of Kansas. This splendid 16-acre tract native wildflower prairie was protected as a memorial to Dorothy Akin and her love of colorful prairie wildflowers. An iron fence surrounds a small memorial to Mrs. Akin.
The prairie has hosted numerous wildflower walks over the years because of its high quality and diversity of plant species. It provides a wonderful setting to identify prairie grasses and wildflowers and to hear the interesting lore surrounding them. The tract provides natural, scenic, open space, ecological, and educational values.
Two miles east of Lawrence on K-10, take the E. 1900 Rd (Douglas Co. 1057) exit and go south two miles to N. 1150 Road. Take N. 1150 to the west (right) about .4 mi. The prairie is on the south, and the top of the hill. You’ll see an iron gate, and just inside the fence, a small memorial to Ms. Akin. Respectful daytime public access is allowed year-around.