Youth Education

The Flint Hills Discovery Center offers a number of fun, educational opportunities for the youth in our community.

Adventure Camp Programs are offered for ages 5-12. Full Day and Half Day sessions avaiable. Prices range from $13-$25 per session. 

Preschoolers in the Flint Hills Programs are offered for ages 3-5. One hour sessions avaiable. Fees range from $7-$9 per session. 

childrenFlint Hills Discovery Center Youth Education Program

 Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp (ages 5-12) 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




All Day (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

$22 per session $25 per session

Half Day (8 a.m. - Noon)

$13 per session $15 per session

*Members of the Flint Hills Discovery Center receive discounted rates, and applicable discounts will be applied at checkout.

Adventure Camp Activity Schedule  Grades 3-6

Monday, January 19

Forces Explored


Friday, February 6


Research what it takes to become a state, observe old state maps and explore what Kansas was like when it was admitted as a state! 

Thursday, February 12

Head 'em Up, Move 'em Out

Discover the ranching history of the Flint Hills through cattle drives and cowboys. Students will learn the lingo and visit a Kansas ranch! 

Friday, February 13

Who Needs Tools?

Explore the looks and construction techniques of houses from the earliest of European-American settlers. Don't forget your work boots!
Monday, February 16

Going Once, Twice, Sold!

Visit a real sale barn, meet a true auctioneer and learn the process of an auction. Students will take a turn at running an acutuion from start to finish. 
Friday,  March 13

Rockin' Kansas

Visit the Echo Cliffs in Wabaunsee County and learn about Mushroom Rock State Park and Castle Rock through photographs and maps.
Monday, March 16

Global Grasslands

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!
Tuesday, March 17

Bad Hair Day

Explore how weather patterns bring the winds to the Flint Hills. Make sure to pack your hair brush for this wind-blown experience!
Wednesday, March 18

Pours & Droughts

Conduct a cloud science experiment and learn the different types of clouds. Students will learn about the rain shadow as well as how to map out average rainfalls across the state. 
Thursday, March 19

Engineering the Storms 

Visit Tuttle Creek Dam and walk along Poyntz Avenue to discover how the 1951 flood impacted the downtown area.        
Friday, March 20

Weather in Motion

Research, create and film a weather forecast to understand the process and background of presenting weather information. Students will visit WIBW to explore the weather set and watch the noon news broadcast.
Friday, April 17

Nature Mets Technology

Use iPads to research flowers and plants that are in bloom. Students will work in teams to produce an iMovie with the photos taken. 


Preschoolers in the Flint Hills

Preschoolers in the Flint Hills (ages 3-5). 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 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is a maximum of 10 children, minimum of 5. 


Fees: $7.00 for members; $9.00 for non-members

Preschoolers in the Flint Hills Activity Schedule 

Tuesday, February 3    

B is for Box Turtle

To kick off the Spring series of Preschoolers in the Flint Hills, the Flint Hills Discovery Center will showcase the traveling exhibition, K is for Kansas, and explore state symbols of Kansas.  Beginning with the Box Turtle, you will discover the struggles and excitements of a box turtle through story time, see a real ornate box turtle, and complete a box turtle art project to take home to share with the family!

Tuesday, February 17

P is for Prairie Chicken

Save the Last Dance at the Flint Hills Discovery Center as we explore the rare greater prairie chicken. Through activities and art projects, we’ll learn about their life from an egg to adult.  We’ll act like prairie chickens as we build nests and test our skills at catching food.  This interactive program will kick off with a story and conclude with chocolate covered insects. You won’t want to miss the fun!

Tuesday, March 10

S is for Sunflower

Curious about the sunflower, the state flower of Kansas? We’ll take a look into the life of a Sunflower, as well as read Katie and the Sunflowers, an exciting book by James Mayhew that connects the beauty of sunflowers to the world of art.  Preschoolers will take a newfound appreciation of art to the next level by learning all about the sunflower.  We will create our own masterpiece, a paper plate sunflower and even plant a sunflower seed to care for and take home!

Tuesday, April 7

W is for Wild Weather

Midwest Weather traveling exhibition will enter the Flint Hills Discovery Center this April, just in time for the storm season.  In a fun and non-intimidating way, staff will help young children prepare for spring storms.  We’ll review what they need to wear during inclement weather and how to stay safe with the help of games that will get us moving.  We’ll paint with “clouds” and have our picnic snack before the storms arrive!

Tuesday, April 21

C is for Cottonwood

Preschoolers will get to participate in story time related to the state tree of Kansas, the Cottonwood, by reading The Crows of Pearblossom by Aldous Huxley.  We will explore the look and feel of a real cottonwood leaf using magnifying glasses and our senses.  Little ones will get to piece together a cottonwood tree using handprints and cotton balls to take home.    

Tuesday, May 5

D is for Dark

We’re getting ready for “In the Dark” traveling exhibit this summer with an introduction to all things nocturnal.  Join the Flint Hills Discovery Center as we begin to learn what it takes to survive the night.  We’ll explore how animals hunt at night and try out our skills at moving stealthily through the dark searching for animals hidden in the classroom.  Not wanting to be caught, everyone will explore the strategies for evading the night predators with the help of a game of freeze dance and creating our own hidden objects.  If we survive the dangers of the night, we’ll earn our shared opossum and raccoon reward, a snack of juicy berries!

Please view the calendar for additional information on these educational programs.

Adult (18-64):
Youth (2-17):
Military (with ID), College Students (with ID), Educators (with ID) & Seniors (65+):
Under 2:
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 8 pm
Fri - Sat:
10 am - 5 pm
Noon - 5 pm
Open 363 days a year!