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July 3

Adventure Camp: Flint Hills Flair
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

We all know that one of the best traditions of the Fourth of July is the fireworks, but you don't have to wait until dark for the fun to begin! Come join the Flint Hills Discovery Center and make several exciting projects that pop, fizz or fly. We will launch vinegar and baking soda rockets and listen to soda volcanoes fizz! Day campers will learn about the science and history of July 4th.

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades K-2. Please call 785.587.2726 for more information. 

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.  

Full-day session: FHDC members: $23, non-members: $26
Half-day session: FHDC members: $14, non-members: $16

 To pre-register, click HERE!

Share the Story
Time: 10:30am

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown 

A day in the life of barn animals is highlighted in this book. Throughout the story, children will encounter animals they typically see in and around barns on a farm. After the story is read, children will be invited to make the art project of the month, Foam Farm Scene.

Share the Story connects the youngest residents of the Flint Hills region to their homes and towns through storytelling that will develop a foundational appreciation for the rich culture. Pre-registration is not required. 

July 6

Adventure Camp: Pioneer Engineers
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Ever wonder how pioneers did many of their tasks without electricity? Come join the FHDC and gain hands on practice with pioneer skills! We will make ropes, containers and a loom. Day campers will also assist with the construction of a rope bridge. Students will finish the day with several of their own hand made products to take home.

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades 3-6. Please call 785.587.2726 for more information. 

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.  

Full-day session: FHDC members: $23, non-members: $26
Half-day session: FHDC members: $14, non-members: $16

 To pre-register, click HERE!

July 7

Adventure Camp: Draft & Build
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Have you ever designed your own building? In this day camp children will get to witness what real Architects do and discover the tools and programs needed to complete a project. Students will test their construction knowledge using balloons and create popsicle stick skyscrapers to take home.

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades 3-6. Please call 785.587.2726 for more information. 

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.  

Full-day session: FHDC members: $23, non-members: $26
Half-day session: FHDC members: $14, non-members: $16

To pre-register, click HERE!

July 8

Adventure Camp: Steam Trains
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Have you ever thought about how a steam engine works? Students will get to explore the history and science behind trains. Day campers will build a levitated train using magnets, plan and create their own railroad route through the United States using a map and make their own soda can steam engine to take home. 

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades 3-6. Please call 785.587.2726 for more information. 

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.  

Full-day session: FHDC members: $23, non-members: $26
Half-day session: FHDC members: $14, non-members: $16

 To pre-register, click HERE!

July 9

Adventure Camp: A STEM Investigation
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Come join us at the Flint Hills Discovery Center for a day of unsolved mystery! Students will research and decipher a case concerning a contaminated waterway. We will explore different ways to examine evidence, using chemical, photographic and biological means to study our evidence and draw conclusions. We will also learn about our local court process, participate in a mock trial and tour our county courthouse.

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades 3-6. Please call 785.587.2726 for more information. 

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.  

Full-day session: FHDC members: $23, non-members: $26
Half-day session: FHDC members: $14, non-members: $16

 To pre-register, click HERE!

July 10

Adventure Camp: Flint Hills Travelers
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Come plan an exciting 1890s trip through the Tallgrass Prairie at the Flint Hills Discovery Center! We will explore a variety of historic hotels, travel routes and forms of conveyance. Children will have the opportunity to design a virtual hotel of their own after visiting a modern, working hotel. They will also practice their map reading skills to plan a trip through the Flint Hills.

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades 3-6. Please call 785.587.2726 for more information. 

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.  

Full-day session: FHDC members: $23, non-members: $26
Half-day session: FHDC members: $14, non-members: $16

 To pre-register, click HERE!

July 14

Preschoolers in the Flint Hills
Time: 10:30am - 11:30am

Let's get Building!
Children will be inspired by Rosie Revere Engineer to create their very own invention out of recycled goods, as well as build houses using spaghetti and marshmallows and assemble an airplane to take home and fly!

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 place. Parents and younger siblings are welcome to join their preschooler for all the fun at no additional cost.

Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 10 children so please register early!

FHDC Members: $7 | Non-members: $9

To pre-register, click HERE!

July 16

Go See It! Homebrewing in the Flint Hills
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Ever wanted to brew your own beer? Learn the science and techniques behind the homebrewing process from Manhattan's largest homebrewing club.

Go See It! lectures are held at FHDC. Featured speakers highlight places to visit in the Flint Hills and provide tips on how to pursue an adventure on your own!

For more information, please call 785.587.2726.

July 17

Eight-Legged Adventure: Wolf Spider Night Walk
Time: 8:30pm - 10:30pm

Join the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Dustin Wilgers, and learn about these amazing and misunderstood creatures! There will be a brief introduction on the wolf spider where you will be able to see and even handle the spider for yourself! Following that, families will head out on a night walk with headlamps and flashlights to find, catch and release wolf spiders.

Instructor Dustin Wilgers is an assistant professor of biology at McPherson College and a life-long advocate for wolf spider conservation and education.

This event will occur at Fairmont Park, just southeast of downtown Manhattan, across the Kansas River. All participants will need to meet at the west parking lot with flashlights or headlamps and bug spray. 

Youth & Adult FHDC Members: $3
Youth & Adult Non-Members: $4

Limited space available! Please pre-register by calling 785.587.2726. 

July 18

Primitive Skills Workshop II
Time: 12:00pm - 8:00pm

This field course is located off-site in the Flint Hills so come prepared to spend a day in the field. Ages 16 and up. Youth ages 12-15 may be accompanied by an adult. Limited to 12 participants.

FHDC Members: $55
Non-Members: $65

Participants will gain hands on experience with primitive living skills associated with long term situations. This workshop explores ancestral nature-based living, food procurement, materials construction and shelters. Participants will have ample opportunity to apply techniques during the course that are unique to the prairie environment. Completion of Primitive Skills Workshop I is recommended but not required. 

Instructor Daniel Schapaugh is an Education Specialist at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. In the last 20 years, he has taught a variety of outdoor skills workshops and credit courses through K-State Global Campus, KDWPT, BSA and UFM.

Additional workshops are available on Saturday, June 20 and Saturday, August 15. 

July 21

Preschoolers in the Flint Hills
Time: 10:30am - 11:30pm

Floatin' Fun
Children will explore the different characteristics of water - what it's used for and experiment with different objects to determine which will float or sink.

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 place. Parents and younger siblings are welcome to join their preschooler for all the fun at no additional cost.

Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 10 children so please register early!

FHDC Members: $7 | Non-members: $9

To pre-register, click HERE!

July 25

National Day of the Cowboy
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Celebrate cowboy history and culture in the Flint Hills! Activities will include buckboard rides, barrel races, roping, branding and so much more for the entire family. All activities are included with general admission. 

July 27

Adventure Camp: Food Science
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Have you ever wanted to play with your food, but weren't allowed to? Join the Flint Hills Discovery Center as we play with and explore the science behind food. Day campers will get to make marshmallow catapults, walk on eggs to test their strength and end the day by making ice cream. You will not want to miss this fun filled day of food and science!

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades K-2. Please call 785.587.2726 for more information. 

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.  

Full-day session: FHDC members: $23, non-members: $26
Half-day session: FHDC members: $14, non-members: $16

 To pre-register, click HERE!

July 28

Adventure Camp: Archi-venture!
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Calling all Architects! Children will learn different aspects of architecture through exploration of local structures, a highly interactive balloon experiment and will create and test different bridge designs using spaghetti noodles and marshmallows. Once they have seen what an architect needs to create, children will create their very own structures to take home using their imagination and clay.

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades K-2. Please call 785.587.2726 for more information. 

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.  

Full-day session: FHDC members: $23, non-members: $26
Half-day session: FHDC members: $14, non-members: $16

 To pre-register, click HERE

July 29

Adventure Camp: Lost in the Stars
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Did you know the sun is considered a star? Day campers will explore the sky above us and learn all about stars. Children will create sun catchers, make a paper star constellation game and discover how to find the North Star. Join the Flint Hills Discovery Center in this day camp as we reach for the stars!

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades K-2. Please call 785.587.2726 for more information. 

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.  

Full-day session: FHDC members: $23, non-members: $26
Half-day session: FHDC members: $14, non-members: $16

 To pre-register, click HERE!

 

 

July 30

Adventure Camp: Can You See Me?
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Sneak on over to the Flint Hills Discovery Center to learn what people and animals use to hide. Children will explore the outdoors to look for animals who are hiding, discover what soldiers use to camouflage themselves while out in the field and use paint, leaves, grass and dirt to create a camouflage artistic painting to hide in their house!

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades K-2. Please call 785.587.2726 for more information. 

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.  

Full-day session: FHDC members: $23, non-members: $26
Half-day session: FHDC members: $14, non-members: $16

To pre-register, click HERE!

July 31

Adventure Camp: Our State Symbols
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Come explore our official state symbols of Kansas with hands on activities you get to take home. Children will get to create and pot their very own live sunflower, as well as a Little Bluestem craft that changes with the seasons!

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades K-2. Please call 785.587.2726 for more information. 

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.  

Full-day session: FHDC members: $23, non-members: $26
Half-day session: FHDC members: $14, non-members: $16

 To pre-register, click HERE!

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