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Welcome to the HNR Department

The people of the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at Kansas State University are dedicated to improving lives through dynamic, diverse education and research programs. If you have any questions that cannot be answered via our website, Contact Us. We are eager to assist you.

We are delivering the news to you! Find out what the HNR faculty, staff and students are doing and major events that are coming up. If you missed one of our news stories that you would like to review, all news stories can be found on the HNR News Page.

Now accepting nominations for our Distinguished Alumni Award. The deadline is May 1. Go here to learn more.

Students and Faculty in the News

Horticulture and Natural Resources 2018 Spring Graduation


We have 15 horticulture students (first picture), 14 park management and conservation students (second picture), and 14 wildlife and outdoor enterprise management students (last picture) that graduated May 11 & 12. Congratulations to all!

Three Retire from HNR

RetirementPartyMay2018The horticulture and natural resources department hosted a retirement reception, on May 16, to acknowledge the long and meritorious service that Ted Cable, Sid Stevenson and Bill Reid have provided to K-State, their students and clientele. These three faculty have a combined 102 years of service to the university! (Pictured are Sid Stevenson, left and Ted Cable, right.)

2018 Top Shot Award Winners

Norin_ShanksCongratulations to James Norin and Marty Shanks, this year's Hodgdon Top Shot Scholarship recipients! James and Marty each received a $500 scholarship from Hodgdon Powder Company.

Students Visit Campus

HaskellStudentsHaskell Indian Nations University students were recently hosted on a visit to campus by Charles Barden, Professor of Forestry. They came to check out future graduate study opportunities in Horticulture and Natural Resources, Vet Medicine, and Psychology. Barden is a frequent guest lecturer on the Haskell campus, and has conducted several collaborative projects with Haskell faculty and students. The group also met with the College of Agriculture Diversity Programs Office, and stopped at Call Hall for our famous ice cream!

Presentation at National Outdoor Recreation Conference

RyanJulieSharpDr. Ryan Sharp and Julie Sharp of the Park Management and Conservation program gave an invited presentation last month at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference in Burlington Vermont. Their presentation titled "Methods that work: Visitor use management monitoring protocols for protected area managers" was part of an inaugural effort to bring outdoor recreation practitioners and researchers together. The conference is managed by the Society for Outdoor Recreation Professionals and is held on an annual basis.

Two HNR Faculty Receive Awards

AhlersParkAwardsCongratulations to two of our department’s excellent faculty for recognition by the K-State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta. Adam Ahlers, assistant professor of Wildlife & Outdoor Management received the Early Career Award and Sunghun Park, associate professor of Horticulture Crop Improvement received the Outstanding Research Award at the Spring Recognition Reception on April 27. Check out HNR's Awards & Honors page.