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Kansas Tourism Releases New Story Series Episode that Explores the State’s Natural History

Jul 18, 2022

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TOPEKA – Kansas Tourism has released an inspiring promotional video exploring the state’s rich natural history and examining the fossils and rocks that tell the story of an ancient ocean-covered Kansas.

Secret Kansas: Uncovering Our History is the sixth episode in the “To The Stories” Series which explores the places and people that make Kansas an exciting and unique place to plan an adventure.

This video episode explores the Kansas prairie that once was covered by an ocean that stretched from the Arctic to the Caribbean. Receded waters left layers of sediment that preserved prehistoric creatures, including the state marine fossil, the Tylosaurus, and the state flying fossil, the Pteranodon.

Watch the video episode here.

“Kansas has a rich and vibrant natural history, and we are fortunate that we can enjoy and share these majestic rock formations that are located right here in our state,” said Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland. “In addition, our state is filled with brilliant and dedicated people who preserve these sites and have discovered incredible fossils – some of which can only be found in Kansas.”

The natural history video was filmed at several Kansas locations, including the Castle Rock Badlands in Quinter, the Keystone Gallery in Oakley, Lake Scott State Park in Scott County, Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park in Oakley, Monument Rocks in Gove County, Mushroom Rock State Park in Brookville and Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays.

“We are grateful to everyone who helped tell the story of Kansas’ natural history by sharing their knowledge,” said Tourism Director Bridgette Jobe. “Their passion comes through in the video and we believe it will spark a new generation of enthusiastic preservationists and visitors.”

Viewers are encouraged to respond by sharing the video and tagging their friends to plan a Kansas natural history adventure. All adventures should prioritize respecting the delicate formations – understanding that some of the attractions are located on private property with specific public access guidelines. Visitors should follow all posted park rules to preserve these magnificent sites for future generations. 

Other episodes in the “To The Stories” Series can be found below or by visiting, Exploring the Space Race at the Cosmosphere

Big Things In Small Batches at Union Horse Distilling Co.   

Mountain Biking In Kansas! At Wilson State Park  

A Cowboy State: A Tribute From The Kansas Poet Lariat    

The Smoke Show: The Story Of Kansas BBQ

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