Special Projects

From time to time, the excellent staff at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, in collaboration with the FHDC Foundation, develops programming or identifies projects that depend on outside support for implementation. For more about current opportunities to fund special projects, please contact V. Marie Martin at 785-587-2729 ext. 211.

The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation is pleased to announce two new sponsorship programs. The programs are the Flint Hills Map and Education Program and Tallgrass Prairie Preserve: A Flint Hills Love Story. These unique programs are a great opportunity for the Foundation to support the Flint Hills Discovery Center's regional mission, connecting children, teachers and schools to the rich dimension of the Flint hills and sharing with a broad audience the special story of the history of the Flint Hills. 

Flint Hills Map
The map was unveiled on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the fourth Governor's Flint Hills Visioning Summit at Camp Wood in Elmdale, KS. The map and the supporting educational curriculum were developed through the efforts of Project Director Emily Hunter Connell, Education Coordinator Annie Wilson, educators Mollie Wold of Chase County Elementary School and Pam Collinge of Eureka Middle School, along with other local teachers and an advisory team of area scientists, historians and authors.

Every school in the Flint Hills will be offered a large museum-quality exhibit including a colored map outlining the Flint Hills, showing the remaining intact prairie with a customized "You Are Here" arrow pointing to the location of that particular school. Map placement will be financed through support of private donors and the Foundation.

This is the first-of-its-kind program offered in the Flint Hills region. A major dimension of the project will be on the Flint Hills Discovery Center website. 

A Flint Hills Love Story 
Acclaimed documentary film maker, David Kendall, is producing a film to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve establishment on the Z Bar Ranch near Strong City, Chase County, Kansas.

The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve sits in the middle of the Flint Hills. The 60-minute documentary will explore the history of the Preserve.

The Preserve represents a unique public/private partnership that involves a cooperative arrangement between the Nature Conservancy of Kansas and the National Park Service, which celebrates its centennial in 2016.

In addition to interviews with those who know the background of the efforts to create the tallgrass preserve, the program will feature a variety of environmental historians and naturalists who share their insights about the various components of the prairie ecosystem.