Just west of the Sternberg Museum dome, recently opened and our most current, permanent exhibit, the Dr. Howard Reynolds Nature Trails provides every outdoor enthusiast, student, and naturalist a sanctuary to view nature as it exists in west-central Kansas. The 2.0 miles of dirt path, winding trails through the upland prairie, along the riparian corridor, over the stream, and underneath the trees will immerse you in a prairie that once was. View the diversity that exists with over 200 species of plants, the aquatic wildlife in the pond and stream including snakes, turtles, and amphibians, take a seat along the trail to watch birds, and don’t forget to bring a net to catch butterflies. If you’re lucky you’ll
even catch a glimpse of the deer as they make their way along the stream corridor.
The Dr. Howard Reynolds Nature Trails offers something for everyone. Even before you arrive or step foot on our trails for your family outing check us out on the Aerial Overview. Plan your route, distance, and sites you want see, but don’t forget to check out our Trail Amenities/Features to see what a trip to the trails can do for you. Now, with Google Earth you can see the trail from the sky, simply type in Sternberg Museum to start your search. If you’d rather leave the planning to us, don’t forget to ask about our Guided Nature Hikes; just call us in advance and we’ll make the arrangements for you based on your natural feeling.
While on the trail don’t forget to stop at the gazebo and read about the man the trails were named for. Looking at this glimpse through time you’ll see why Dr. Howard Reynolds was such a inspiration to all those who met him through college or community. If you don’t have time at the gazebo you can also read all about the late Dr. Howard Reynolds online by clicking on the History of Howard .
Yet, if that’s not enough, there’s even more excitement on the trails! Join us for Nature 360 as we explore what’s alive and what’s not on the trails year round. Nature never stops and neither do you! A hit with the kids and community, keep up with us online as we walk and explore 22 acres to see what we can find and bring those finding back to you in a fun and educational manner that will have you gasping about how much we need nature and the very interesting facts that go along with each species.
Don’t forget to print a Trails Map map or pick one up at the admissions desk inside the museum before you head out on the trails!