Americans love the outdoors and love to take their family out to the nature to enjoy the wilderness. The city of Elwood, Kansas has a privilege to be close to an area of natural beauty – the Elwood Wildlife Area. This wonderful retreat covers almost 116 acres and is divided into two major areas, the Elwood West and Elwood East. Elwood East is the larger of the two, covering around 844 acres, and the remaining 272 acres make up Elwood West.

Elwood Wildlife Area is situated on the south side of Highway 46, a little bit to the south and southwest of Elwood.


The main feature of both of these areas is that they both present a CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) habitat. This means that specially designed measures are employed so this area can allow natural regeneration of vegetation. In the case of Elwood Wildlife area, this concerns the cottonwood trees. The main intention is to safeguard and protect the cottonwood trees, enabling them to regenerate and thrive naturally. Also, the Elwood Wildlife Area is designed to support wildlife, and 5% of the total crop output is left in the fields every year so wild animals can eat them. Cultivated fields make up more than 20% of the total area. The most important crops grown in the area are wheat and sunflower.

CRP Logo

The main animal species which live in the area deer and wild turkey. Also, you can find a good number of doves. Pheasants and quails are present but in smaller numbers. The park is well equipped with proper infrastructures like parking areas, signage, and additional buildings.

Strict rules

The citizens of Elwood and all the surrounding areas are welcome to enjoy the Elwood Wildlife Area, but they all have to adhere to strict rules when it comes to waste disposal. Littering is specifically prohibited, just like any other kind of waste disposal within the limits of the area.


Preservation of the natural habitat is the primary importance and visitors have to take great care to keep the natural beauty of the area untarnished. Our job is to secure that the future generations have the same chance we had: to enjoy the wonders of nature for years to come. This is why waste disposal plays a key role and has to be undertaken with utmost professionalism and care.