Grassland Ecology in Kansas 

MSG School 2016


2016 Tallgrass Range School


 Principles of Rangeland Management School
Tallgrass Prairie School
 Tuesday, August 16 to Thursday, August 18, 2016
Place: Camp Wood, Elmdale, KS

Mid-Shortgrass Prairie School
Date: Tuesday, August 2 to Thursday, August 4, 2016
Place: Camp Lakeside, Scott County Lake, KS
The Nature Conservancy's Smoky Valley Ranch

To apply, click here.
To apply for scholarship, click here.

To view past Range School highlights, click the years below:
Range School Topics:
  • Plant identification and grassland ecology
  • Kansas Rangelands: Being Prepared, using adaptive management to be ready for whatever comes your way!
  • Interactive Ecology...Know your plants
  • Reclaim the Range: Tools and Strategies
  • The Range Roadmaps: Getting Directions
  • Landscape Art and Economics
  • Planning the Future-Understanding the Past
  • Rangelands Resources: Can you see harmony?
  • Management Decisions: Beyond Educated Guesses
  • Planning with Purpose: Putting it all Together
  • Range Developments: Location, Location, Location!
  • Managing rangelands for wildlife
  • Managing rangelands for livestock types
  • Forage and animal balance
  • Sampling, measuring, and monitoring...evaluate what you have, decide what you want, check to see if you are making progress.
  • Learn with your neighbors! Receive expert instruction from ranchers as well as agency and university staffs!

Presentations at the Range Schools in past years:

Drought and Contingency Planning 2012

Stocking Rates and Drought 2012

Rangeland Soil Quality

KC Olson - A Case Study in Low-Input Management - 07.27.12

Tuition, room and board is $350 per person.  Additional people from the same ranch or outfit will be charged $300 per person.

Scholarships of $175 are available for most ranchers and eligible college students.  Apply for a scholarship by clicking a linked form on this page, OR call (785) 452-0780. Scholarship forms must be received by the KGLC Coordinator  no later than two weeks prior to the class beginning.


Both schools provide air-conditioned sleeping rooms with double occupancy. (Note: You do need to bring along your own bedding, towel and wash cloth.)


Meals are provided including a Wednesday evening steak fry (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 suppers).

at both sites are comfortable with easy access to range sites and learning areas.