Current Projects


  • Monthly Walkabout/ Talkabouts — gatherings that involve walking together in prairie, woodlands, and wetlands, getting to know the bioregion under our feet, and always preceded or proceeded by potlucks.

  • Kaw Valley Seeds Project’s seed reserve and meetings.

  • Occasional Outings and Explorations: We sometimes hold special events to connect more with the prairie bioregion as well as our own local watershed. Upcoming outings include a group trip to see the sandhill cranes in March of 2016 (see calendar).
  • Bill Hatke’s Writing: KAW Council Press: Through the hard work of Dan Bentley, who is editing Bill’s extensive writing, we are proud to be publishing Bill’s prose and poetry in coming years. Bill, who died in the fall of 2007, is well-known to many for his passion for gardening and living simply, often on less than a few hundred dollars each year, in his East Lawrence home. He would bike everywhere, including to large gardens he maihatke-obit_t180ntained and helped with, both south and north of East Lawrence. He was a rascally-rascal, a great storyteller with a wild laugh and an ear for gossip, and wonderful and imaginative writer. Read more about Bill in the Lawrence Journal-World and in Cup of Joel. For more information, contact Dan at

KAW Council’s past projects include: Five Kansas Poets Laureate Reading, Lawrence Environmental Education Project, The Kaw Valley Seeds Fair, The Sky Begins At Your Feet: Narrative Medicine for Earth and Body, sheltering the poet laureate of Kansas program for 18 months when it was between organizations, and putting on a great many conferences, gatherings, talks, workshops, community potlucks and more. See our history for more.