For Educators: Flint Hills Teaching Resources

NOTE:  Participating schools can receive In-service/Professional Development training free-of-charge in how to use this website.   

We have five categories of Flint Hills teaching resources (top 5 links at left):


  • Map Exhibit PDFs for projection in the classroom - three levels/versions 
  • Docs of text on each exhibit

2. Flint Hills K-12 LESSON PLANS

  • Ready-to-use full length formal Lesson Plans and Unit Plans
  • Submitted by Flint Hills teachers for grades K-12 (some adaptable to various grade levels).
  • Each includes Activities, Materials, Time Needed, Standards/Benchmarks, Assessment, Special Needs/Extension, Technology, etc.
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  • Over 250 activities - many adaptable to all grade levels
  • Listed in 13 Subject areas and fully cross-referenced for multi-subject activities.
  • Brief format:
    • Topic and objectives
    • Critical thinking questions
    • Suggested activity/assessment
    • Subject area(s) - do search to find more activities for your subject
    • Curriculum Standards - link to this document at top of page
    • Resources - links to suggested starter resources (see also extensive Information Resources section)

4.  LEARNING IN THE PRAIRIE pdf - 37 Elementary* Lesson Plans

*Most could be adapted to older students as well - concepts can be approached at basic or higher level.
These high-quality, full format lesson plans are thorough, academically-rich, and designed with strong appeal to students. 
You may either: 
(1) access the entire 223-page book as a pdf and explore the contents on your own.
(2) find each of the lessons listed as resources in our Learning Activities on related topics.
Fun and informative activities - about all aspects of nature and prairie - Include: 
  • 6 Pre-field Modules 
  • 15 Field (outdoor activity) Modules
  • 16 Post-field Modules 
  • Source lists, glossary, and informative appendices 
You and your kids will love these! This is an earlier publication (1990), but these are timeless activities - i.e. grasshoppers don't change!  Note: printed copies of "Learning in the Prairie: A Resource for Elementary Teachers" by Dwight Platt may be purchased from Kauffman Museum in North Newton, Kansas, for $24 each plus shipping. Please email Andi Andres or 316-283-1612 to request a copy.


  • Flint Hills Field Trips - educational activity programs
  • Place-Based Lesson Plans - Kansas
  • Place-Based Lesson Plans - other - adaptable to Flint Hills
  • Other Place-Based Education Resources

What is place-based education? 

Place-based education immerses students in local landscape, culture and community as a foundation for the study of standard skills in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and all subject areas.

Why use place-based education?

A wealth of studies document improved student achievement through programs connecting learning to place.  

Educators report that students
  • Become increasingly engaged and enthusiastic about learning connected to their own place and experience
  • Feel empowered to make positive contributions to their community and outdoor environment
Place-based learning
  • Builds students' sense of place, pride and identity
  • Creates vibrant partnerships between schools & communities
  • Boosts student achievement

Please give us feedback on your experiences with our materials - what works or doesn't. Share supplemental materials you develop for them.  Submit your own lesson plans or learning activity ideas.  Write a blog.  See "How to Share Ideas"