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September 26

ADVENTURE CAMP: Grass Hopping (ages 5-7)
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Grasshoppers are a keystone species in the Flint Hills and in this class you will get to make your own grasshopper, catch, observe, and care for a grasshopper, and maybe even eat a chocolate covered grasshopper.  You will be hopping with fun in this camp all about grasshoppers

Adventure Camp is a unique program offered at both the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo throughout the school year.  The age of the child attending determines the camp location when offered at both sites.  Children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. each session in which they are enrolled. Pick up for half-day registration is between 12:00 p.m. and 12:15 p.m., and pick up for full-day registration is between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Day registrants must bring their own sack lunch.  All participants will need to complete emergency release and permission forms here and return them to the Flint Hills Discovery Center Education Department on or before the date of your first program of the season. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  

September 27

Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

In the temporary gallery Sept. 27 - Feb. 1, 2015

Flint Hills FORCES II explores the period between 1917 and 1963 when Manhattan, Fort Riley and Kansas State University intertwined to become one community encountering numerous opportunities for change in the 20th century. Visitors can immerse themselves in human experiences and events including: a soldier training for trench warfare during WWI, opulence of the Roaring Twenties at the Wareham Hotel, trying times of the Great Depression, a WWII forward observer's jeep and supplies and family life around the television in a 1950's Manhattan living room.

This project is funded in part by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit culture organization promoting the understanding of the history, traditions and ideas that shape our lives and build community.

Animal Secrets Exhibition
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

September 27, 2014 to January, 14 2015

Where does a chipmunk sleep? What does an eagle feed its young? How do mother bats find their babies in a cave? In Animal Secrets, families will learn the answers to these questions and more as they explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals. Using imaginative role-play and hands-on activities, children will discover nature from an animal’s point of view in naturalistic environments, including a stream, woodland, meadow, cave and naturalists tent.

PLAY with animals in a realistic habitat at the Stream. OBSERVE the sights and sounds of the Meadow. PRETEND to be an eagle, chipmunk and raccoon in the Woods. EXPLORE the unfamiliar environment of the cave. INVESTIGATE specimens from the natural world in the Naturalists' Tent.

Animal Secrets is specially designed for children ages 3-8; preschool to 3rd grade school groups.

Be sure to take a look at our Preschoolers in the Flint Hills programs.

September 28

Walk Through History: Downtown Manhattan 1917-1963
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join Cheryl Collins, Director of the Riley County Historical Museum, for a walking tour of Manhattan’s downtown buildings and architecture, which illustrate the story of our community through two World Wars, the Great Depression, and expansion of Manhattan, KSU and Ft. Riley over the period 1917 to 1963.the Flint Hills.

September 30

Time: 10:30am - 11:30am

Do you know what animals live in and around streams?  Join the Flint Hills Discovery Center as we explore the new Animal Secrets exhibition to find the answer!  Preschoolers will get to investigate what several stream animals look like and how they live.  We will see and touch a beaver pelt, as well as look at teeth marks left behind in a piece of wood.  To finish the class, children will get to create and color their very own stream animal to take home so they can continue the fun!

Preschoolers in the Flint Hills (ages 4-5). Preschool-age children begin discovering the wonder of the Flint Hills where they live, but look beyond the city limits in their exploration. Children further their sense of place and belonging to this region through interactions with the ecology and the history of the area. All sessions will run from 1 - 2 pm. There is a maximum of 10 children, minimum of 5. 


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