Signature Event

The Signature Event is an annual gathering on the prairie celebrating music, art, and the ecology of the Flint Hills.

BNSF Logo

2020 Major Presenting Sponsor

As a Major Presenting Sponsor for Symphony in the Flint Hills through 2021, BNSF Railway is honored this year to celebrate Stone in the Flint Hills. Shallow deposits of limestone, the foundation rock in the Flint Hills, are a critical element of prairie conservation, thus preserving the rich ecological diversity. BNSF’s commitment is strong in Kansas, partnering to build the state’s economy by accessing markets around the world. BNSF is proud to partner with Symphony in the Flint Hills to educate and celebrate the role of stone in protecting the prairie.

– Zak Andersen, President BNSF Railway Foundation


2020 Signature Event Canceled


The 2020 Symphony in the Flint Hills Signature Event scheduled for June 13 in Wabaunsee County, Kan. has been canceled due to COVID-19.

“Sadly, we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel the 2020 Signature Event due to COVID-19 safety concerns. The health and well-being of our audience, performers, and the communities of Wabaunsee County and the Flint Hills region are of utmost importance to us,” said Leslie VonHolten, executive director of Symphony in the Flint Hills.

Each year, the daylong event typically unites 7,000 people from across the country on a private pasture in the Flint Hills for prairie walks, inspirational talks, cowboy poetry and a sunset concert performed by the Kansas City Symphony. 

All general admission tickets will be refunded through EventBrite by May 30. GA ticketholders also have the option of donating the cost of their ticket as a gift to the Symphony in the Flint Hills to help alleviate the impact this cancellation has made on the organization’s financial health. Ticketholders interested in making a tax-deductible donation should email info@symphonyintheflinthills.org or call 620-273-8955 by May 15.

“We are beyond grateful to our long-term sponsors, patrons, volunteers and ticket holders who have supported our organization and our mission to heighten appreciation and knowledge of the Flint Hill tallgrass prairie,” said VonHolten. “When the time is right and the restrictions have been lifted, we encourage you to visit and enjoy the delightful art, wonderful food, and fun shopping that our communities offer. The economic impacts of this pandemic have hit rural America especially hard, but there are better days ahead and we look forward to sharing the beauty and experiences that the Flint Hills have to offer.”

Field Journal

Our Field Journal, now in its 12th Edition, is a Flint Hills resource whose articles on topics from night skies to prairie chickens have been downloaded by thousands of researchers worldwide. Browse past editions or search our online database at New Prairie Press. Or buy hard copies at our Flint Hills Store.

“Forgotten Farmer Township Fence” by Mark Feiden
Photo by Kelly Glasscock

We welcome for the fifteenth year, the world-class Kansas City Symphony to the Flint Hills. The sunset concert, conducted by Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor, is not to miss!