Children's activities provide fun things to do for children of all ages. Nature related crafts and guided nature hikes are part of the fun. Exciting scavenger hunts are planned and interactive learning projects make learning about nature a lot of outdoor fun!
We are a non-profit organization striving to enhance the cultural appreciation of Salinans.
Knowledgeable experts on trees take participants through the Lakewood forest to identify trees.
Learn about sustainable practices from Salina organizations, businesses, schools, and restaurants. See what it takes to become more self sufficient as a community from the folks at Prairieland Market and through programs offered by Lakewood Discovery Center. Find out about simple changes we each can make to improve our quality of life from the friendly staff at Household Hazardous Waste, Skyfire Seeds, First Saturday Bike Group, Salina CAREs, Images Recycling, National Audubon Society, Kansas Native Plant Society, and Dyck Arboretum. Often these changes save us money. Experience these great attractions and much more! Get ideas! Eat local food! Sign up for prizes! Have fun! FREE!
Discover Salina Naturally (DSN) is held at Lakewood Park in East Salina. In the fall of 2012, the festival was conceived as an activity for the Salina Parks and Recreation Department. The goal was to get citizens outdoors and appreciating the flora and fauna of the area. In 2012, the year prior to the DSN idea, K-State Pollution Prevention Institute and Lakewood Discovery Center, using EPA grant funds administered by the city of Salina, held a “Green Fair” on Earth Day weekend (April 21). The idea of that fair was to showcase organizations and businesses in Salina that practice sustainability and resilience. In 2013, the Green Fair was integrated into DSN to offer a larger event that continued with showcasing and promoting sustainability, while highlighting the connection with Salina’s history and appreciating the cultural and artistic importance when looking at sustainability. Each year DSN has increased its variety and number of vendors, and types of entertainment, activities, and food. In 2014, DSN was able to have the Kaw Nation perform native dances. The 2015 event featured historical reenactors from mountain men to the Civil War period:
Exhibitors to help explore the History of the Salina Area
* Smoky Hill Museum * Purveyor of the Past *Fort Harker Guard House Museum / The Ellsworth County Historical Society
* Central Kansas Flywheel Yesteryear Museum *Flint Hills Geocaching *Free Trapper/Trader *How the Horse Helped Settle the West
Exhibitors that promote getting outdoors and appreciating the flora and fauna included the following:
* Saline County Master Gardeners * Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
* Friends of Maxwell Game Preserve * Tree Advisory Board *
Exhibitors that promote sustainability
* Straw Bale Gardening * Building Performance Co. (resident and business energy efficiency and radon mitigation)
* Salina Household Hazardous Waste * Cadette Troop #20945, Girl Scouts of the USA
* BARK (vegan food) * * Kansas State University, Engineering Extension, Kansas Energy Program * The Gardens at Landscape Consultants LLC
This does not list all the exhibitors that have participated. The list shows what a community event this is.