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2016 We Kan! Awards announced...

The 24th annual We Kan! awards were announced May 7, 2016 at the Kansas Sampler...

27th Kansas Sampler Festival is ...

More than 8,200 people came to enjoy the weather-shortened version of the 27th ...

Popular Statewide Festival Comin...

The Kansas Sampler Foundation announced today that the long-time Kansas Sampler...

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.

Kansas Sampler Festival

Kansas Sampler Festival

The 2016 Kansas Sampler Festival will be held on May 7-8 in Winfield at Island Park.

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!

ERV

ERV

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.

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Shari Wilson

Shari Wilson is the owner and principal of Project Central, LLC, a consulting firm that works with schools, neighborhood organizations, government agencies, and others on projects related to education, the environment, and healthy communities. “I love serving on the KSF board,” Wilson said. “I grew up in rural Kansas, and moved to Kansas City as an adult. However, in many ways I feel most at home among the fields and small towns of my childhood.”

Wilson grew up in Bird City, Bison, and Claflin, and graduated from Washburn University with degrees in history and philosophy. She has a master’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Kansas. Wilson also serves on the boards of the Owen/Cox Dance Group and Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City. She was previously the Statewide Partnerships and Planning Director for the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE).

Wilson and her husband, Chris Steineger, enjoy traveling and have visited more than 40 countries. “We always like to spend time in the small towns and countryside of wherever we are visiting,” she said. “It’s fun to visit the farmer’s markets and compare life there with the way I grew up in Kansas.” They live in the Muncie area of Kansas City, Kansas, with lots of deer, opossums, raccoons, squirrels, and one hibernating woodchuck, as well as the loudest-meowing cat ever, Bailey.