Upcoming

March 6

Share the Story
Time: 10:30am

Sunflower House by Eve Bunting

Story time guests will explore how to care for sunflowers from seed to harvest. The art project available to the children will be a sunflower bracelet to remind them of what they learned during story time.  

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 

March 10

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

S is for Sunflower:
Young children take a look into the life of a Sunflower, the state flower of Kansas.  Together we will read Katie and the Sunflowers, an exciting book by James Mayhew that connects the beauty of sunflowers to the world of art. We will create our own masterpiece, a paper plate sunflower and even plant a sunflower seed to care for and take home to bring it all together.

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 preschool 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!

March 13

Adventure Camp: Rockin' Kansas
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Students will learn about rock formations and the geology within Kansas through the use of maps and the traveling exhibit “K” is for Kansas. Students will take a 50 minute drive to visit the Echo Cliffs in Wabaunsee County and learn about Mushroom Rock State Park and Castle Rock through photographs and maps from the exhibit.

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students. 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: $22, non-members: $25
Half-day session: FHDC members: $13, non-members: $15

To pre-register, click HERE!

March 14

Meet the Author: Sherrill Sparks
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Sherrill Sparks will be at FHDC to meet and sign her book Marshall County: Images of America.

March 16

Adventure Camp: Global Grasslands
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Students will learn about grasslands around the globe by using technology, such as Google Earth. Students will compare weather conditions from grasslands near and far and look at the geography of where grasslands are found.

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students. 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: $22, non-members: $25
Half-day session: FHDC members: $13, non-members: $15

To pre-register, click HERE!

March 17

Adventure Camp: Bad Hair Day
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Explore how weather patterns bring the winds to the Flint Hills. Make sure to pack your hair brush for this wind-blown experience!

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students. 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: $22, non-members: $25
Half-day session: FHDC members: $13, non-members: $15

 To pre-register, click HERE!

March 18

Adventure Camp: Down Pours & Droughts
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Students will learn the different types of clouds and conduct a cloud science experiment to further their learning and understanding. They'll also learn about the rain shadow of western Kansas and how to map out average rainfalls across the state.

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students. 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: $22, non-members: $25
Half-day session: FHDC members: $13, non-members: $15

 To pre-register, click HERE!

March 19

Adventure Camp: Engineering the Storms
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Students will get a better understanding of the 1951 flood by walking Poyntz Avenue in Downtown Manhattan to see the high water mark from the flooding. Students will visit Tuttle Creek Dam, meet with an engineer to learn why the ditch was re-engineered near Walmart on Tuttle Creek Boulevard and see how people and engineers can plan and build to protect communities from floods. Students will broaden their knowledge by learning how engineers can help protect the public from other weather dangers like tornadoes and blizzards as well. 

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students. 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: $22, non-members: $25
Half-day session: FHDC members: $13, non-members: $15

 To pre-register, click HERE!

March 20

Adventure Camp: Weather in Motion
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Students will research, create and film a weather forecast to help understand the process and background of presenting weather information. To further their curiosity and exploration, students will visit WIBW to explore the weather set and watch the noon news broadcast.

Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students. 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: $22, non-members: $25
Half-day session: FHDC members: $13, non-members: $15

To pre-register, click HERE!

Capturing the Last Dance: An Evening with Noppadol Paothong
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Spend an evening with photographer Noppadol Paothong as he shares his inspirational stories on saving grassland grouse. Mingle at the cocktail reception, check out the exhibit and enjoy a catered dinner with Noppadol. 

FHDC Members: $35 | Non-Members: $40

To register, please call 785.587.2726.

March 21

Witnessing the Last Dance: An Exclusive Experience with Noppadol Paothong
Time: 5:00am - 10:30am

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime experience to witness Greater Prairie-Chicken booming in action at the Konza Prairie with Noppadol Paothong as your personal guide. Meet at the Discovery Center at 5:00am.  Price includes group transportation to the Konza prairie from the Discovery Center.  Complimentary breakfast and conversation will follow upon your return.  Only seven slots available so sign up now!

Note:

  • Must be age 16 or up
  • Guests will spend at least 2.5 hours inside a blind so use restroom beforehand
  • Dress warmly for the weather, the blind is not heated
  • The blind does have a bench but guests must understand it is a smaller space
  • Photography is allowed but flash is not permitted
  • Please consider the noise made by your camera equipment and clothing
  • Konza may cancel the morning of the viewing due to adverse weather, they will contact us
  • Due to the unpredictable nature of these wildlife displays, your particular experience may vary

FHDC Members: $115 | Non-Members: $125

To register, please call 785.587.2726.

March 28

Discovering the Last Dance: A Private Guided Booming Experience
Time: 5:00am - 10:30am

Don’t miss this additional opportunitity to visit a Greater Prairie-Chicken booming ground at the height of the booming season. Meet at the Discovery Center at 5:00 a.m. Price includes group transportation to a booming ground.  FHDC staff will accompany you on your trip and provide all the insight you need.  Complimentary breakfast and conversation will follow upon your return.  Limited to five participants per trip.

  • Must be age 16 or up.
  • Guests will spend at least 2.5 hours inside a blind so use restroom beforehand
  • Dress warmly for the weather, the blind is not heated
  • Photography is allowed but flash is not permitted
  • Please consider the noise made by your camera equipment and clothing
  • We may cancel the morning of the viewing due to adverse weather, we will contact you
  • Due to the unpredictable nature of these wildlife displays, your particular experience may vary

Additional dates are available: Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12

FHDC Members: $40 | Non-Members: $45

Wild Weather opens!
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Explore science concepts such as evaporation, condensation, heat, tornadoes and so much more in an unforgettable way! This exhibit is the perfect supplement for students grades 4-8 studying the science of weather. 

Exhibition dates: March 28, 2015 - May 13, 2015

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