Making Playas Profitable Workshop

Want to know more about playas, the benefits they provide, and how to manage them as part of a profitable operation? Learn that and more at the 7th Annual Playa Workshop and Tour on January 10 and 11, 2023 at the Liberal Conference Center in the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Liberal, Kansas.

The two-day event will focus on making playas profitable and is free for landowners and producers with playas on their land. For others who would like to attend, there is a $50 fee, which covers lunch on Wednesday. REGISTER NOW!

Event Details

While the event is designed for landowners and land managers who have playas on their land, it is also open to individuals who are interested in learning more about this unique natural resource and how playas can help provide clean water for communities.

Participants will learn about how to manage their playas as part of a profitable operation, playa management considerations, and playa conservation programs that can help your bottom line, including the USDA CRP Migratory Birds, Butterflies and Pollinators SAFE program, which is available to landowners in western Kansas and the Oklahoma panhandle. There will also be opportunities to hear directly from landowners and producers about their experiences managing playas and have discussions with agency staff about the pros and cons of various playa conservation programs.

The two-day event will begin on Tuesday, January 10, from 1 to 5 p.m., followed by a social. The workshop will continue on Wednesday, January 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch provided. At the end of the workshop, there will be a drawing for a prize valued at $500 or more; those in attendance at the time are eligible to win. View workshop schedule for more details.

Tuesday, January 10, 1:00-5:00pm CT

  • Playa benefits including Ogallala aquifer recharge
  • Playa programs that help your bottom line
  • Landowner experiences with managing playas
  • Opportunity to talk with conservation organizations
  • Social after workshop with drinks provided

Wednesday, January 11, 9am-4:00pm

  • Making an offer for the Migratory Birds SAFE & ranking process
  • How playa soil & playa sizes are determined
  • Lunch (provided)
  • Playa field tour to demonstrate restoration planning
  • Drawing for attendees (prize worth $500 or more)

The Playa Lake Workshop and Tour is a multi-partner event, with the following organizations participating on the planning committee: Ducks Unlimited, Kansas Alliance for Wetlands & Streams, Kansas Association of Conservation Districts, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, Pheasants Forever, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, and Star Seed.

More Information

The workshop will be held at the Liberal Conference Center in the Fairfield Inn and Suites, located at 501 Hotel Dr, Liberal, KS 67901. Hotel reservations are available for $99/night plus tax. To get that rate, call the hotel and ask to reserve a room for the Playa Lake Workshop. The reservation deadline to receive this rate is January 3, 2023.

Please download and share the event flyer with anyone who may be interested in attending. For more information about the event, view the workshop schedule. You may also contact Abe Lollar at 620-214-2693 or


Sponsorship Opportunities

Playas are a primary source of groundwater recharge and playa conservation is an important part of a sustainable approach to securing water for families and communities. With your event sponsorship, you can help increase playa conservation and provide abundant, clean water for future generations. Learn about sponsorship levels and how you can become an event sponsor.