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Child Care Doalogue to answer st...

A Child Care Doalogue, organized and facilitated by the Kansas Sampler Foundatio...

Showcase counties for 2020 Big K...

Brown, Doniphan and Nemaha will be the next counties showcased in the Big Ka...

Big Kansas Road Trip to Showcase...

Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace in Northwest Kansas will be the showcase counties ...

Kansas Explorer Club

Kansas Explorer Club

Members of the Kansas Explorer Club receive 5-6 print newsletters a year full of things to see and do that are off the beaten path.

We Kan!

We Kan!

The Big Rural Brainstorm will be held March 7 in Newton in 2016.

Rural Culture Elements

Rural Culture Elements

The 8 rural culture elements are: architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history and people! They help you see a place with new eyes.

8 Wonders

8 Wonders

Have you seen the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook? Let it guide you to all 216 Wonders!



Marci and WenDee, of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, are going to every (626) incorporated city in Kansas to research for the second edition of the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.

Big Kansas Road Trip

Big Kansas Road Trip

The showcase counties are Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace. The event will be held over four days, May 2-5, 2019.

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Mar 18, 2013 | We Kan! Conference a success

    More than 100 rural leaders, doers, and advocates from around the state attended the

We Kan! Conference held March 12-13 in Salina.

    With the theme being "Collective Brilliance," everyone was encouraged to lend their

voice throughout the conference.

    Conference options included the "Geek Out" session on March 12, a tour of "The City"

teen center in Salina, and an evening of shopping and eating in Lindsborg.

    The all-day session included breakout sessions about a "buy local" campaign, housing,

community energy, community kitchens, Constant Contact, and regional collaboration.

Attendees also had the opportunity to choose five of 27 speed learning sessions for

shorter and more personal contact with the presenter. Other highlights were the "Local

Price is Always Right" game show and an inspiring Kansas slide show put to music.

    The conference highlight was the video preview of KanStarter, an online service

designed to match community projects with those who want to help. The project is a

collaboration of the Kansas Sampler Foundation and the Reflective Group of Baldwin

City. Marci Penner, foundation director said, "Though it will take several months for

KanStarter to be ready to go, the potential to make an incredible impact in rural

communities is there. Mike Bosch and his Reflective Group of "small town geeks" have a

great passion for rural communities. Their skills matched with our network and awareness

of common issues will offer communities some exciting support."