School Programs

Please join the Flint Hills Discovery Center for our Educator Open House. Come sample science and history teaching strategies to connect your curriculum with the Flint Hills, preview our updated school programs, and tour our two new traveling exhibitions, How People Make Things and A View from Space. Light refreshments will be served. Participation is FREE for all educators. Walk-ins welcome! For more information or to register, please call 785.587.2726 or email

The education staff of the Flint Hills Discovery Center (FHDC) understands what it takes to create effective and fun programs for school-age children.

We use state curriculum standards and core concepts in choosing program content and design. This will ensure that school-age children will not only experience a fun, hands-on approach to learning, but teachers will find the classes to be enriching and in concert with classroom content.

It is the hope of the education staff at the Flint Hills Discovery Center that schools, clubs and organizations choose to make the Flint Hills Discovery Center their “Education Destination” for fun and learning.

2 girls participating in an arts and crafts project
  1. PreK - 2nd Grade
  2. 3rd - 5th Grade
  3. 6th - 8th Grade

Flint Hills Exploration

Explore the life of a child in the Flint Hills over the years or investigate the various rocks, plants and wildlife of the unique landscape with this guided experience at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. This program allows the group to choose the areas of the Flint Hills that they want to explore, be it the history, geology, ecology, or a combination. Each program has the chance to be different based on the collection of activities selected by the group.

Teachers and parents can pick four activities and one alternative before arrival at the FHDC. Students will move through the activities in a “round-robin” fashion. The fun and fresh experience at each station ensures young minds never get bored while teachers can gear the experience to many different overarching areas of content from the classroom. List of activities (PDF)

  • Learning Centers
  • Time: 45-60 minutes
  • Minimum: 12 students | Maximum: 30 per session
  • Education standards vary depending on activities chosen

Engineer It! Assembly Line

Learn about assembly lines, participate in a human assembly line model and redesign an assembly line to improve speed and efficiency.

  • For students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade
  • 60 minutes
  • Minimum: 12 students | Maximum: 30 per session
  • Standards: K-2-ETSJ-1
  1. Admissions

    Learn about the special rates for groups of school-aged children.

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    Find educational programs geared toward age-specific groups.