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September 7

FAMILY DAY
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

In celebration of families in the Flint Hills, all guests will receive free admission. Enjoy access to all exhibits, activities and the Immersive Experience Theater!

September 8

HOME SCHOOL MONDAYS: Founding of Manhattan (K-12)
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Join the Flint Hills Discovery Center for the first in a series of Homeschool Mondays which will examine the history of Manhattan.   As with previous Homeschool Mondays, this will be a short activity designed to take place as families arrive between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of each month, September through December.  These activities will provide added educational value to Homeschool families visiting.  Activities will be supplemented with a self-led scavenger hunt that connects the activity for the day to permanent and temporary exhibits.

September 11

GO SEE IT! LECTURE SERIES: Brown vs. Board of Education
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join Lisa Stork from the Brown vs. Board of Education National Park Service site at the Flint Hills Discovery center on Thursday, September 11, for the next Go See It! lecture.  We will delve deeper into the case, look at the site itself and discover what there is to do if you go see it.

The Flint Hills Discovery Center is your starting point for an unforgettable exploration of the region. On the third Thursday of every month from March to October, featured speakers will highlight the unique places to visit throughout the Flint Hills and provide tips on how to best pursue an adventure in your own backyard. Lectures are free and light refreshments will be served.

September 14

ICE AGE IMPERIALS EXHIBITION
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

In the second floor gallery June 14 - September 14, 2014. The Ice Age Imperials exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to "touch" the Ice Age. Interacting with real fossils from ancient animals like the saber-toothed cat, woolly mammoth, giant sloth, dire wolf, giant beaver and teeth from a huge prehistoric bear makes the Ice Age come alive for visitors like never before.

Lessons of the Ice Age abound. How did glaciers form and move? During the Ice Age, was there ice where you live now? Discover the answers within graphic displays about glacial size and ice depth. Try assembling the 3-D Mastodon puzzle, or immerse yourself in the History of Earth timeline where you can touch a variety of fossils from more than 500 million years ago to less than one million years ago. Ice Age Imperials was curated by the Antiquities Company, LLC.

 

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 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

ADVENTURE CAMP: Secrets of the Streams (ages 3-5)
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

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!

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.  

FLINT HILLS FORCES II: OUR TOWN, OUR FORT, OUR UNIVERSITY
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.

PRESCHOOLERS IN THE FLINT HILLS: Secrets of the Streams
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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Adult (18-64):
$9.00
Youth (2-17):
$4.00
Military (with ID), College Students (with ID), Educators (with ID) & Seniors (65+):
$7.00
Under 2:
FREE
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