Youth Education

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

  • NEW! Adventure Camp: Experience Manhattan, the Flint Hills, and the world like never before. The Flint Hills Discovery Center is continuing this program into the summer to provide a unique experience for kids year-round. Together, adventurers will learn about plants and animals from their own backyard, and have the chance to travel back in time to explore the history, geology and fossils that make their home a special place.

    There is a maximum of 24 participants per session. Enrollment is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who are enrolled will receive confirmation by mail. Parents can choose either half day or full day sessions, with drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. and pick up as late as 5:30 p.m. Registration includes morning and afternoon snacks, as well as supplies for activities and access to exhibits. Lunch is NOT provided. Full-day registrants must bring their own sack lunch. Please click here to access permission/release form required for participation in summer camps. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register for this class, click here.

    Please click here to download the release/permission form for Friday, April 18 day camp.


All Day (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)  $22.00/session for members and $25.00/session for non-members
Half Day (8 a.m. - noon)  $13.00/session for members and $15.00/session for non-members



Kindergarten - 6th Grade Adventure Camps

 Friday, April 18 3rd-6th Half or Full  Rivers Lakes & Ponds Oh My
 Monday, June 30 K-2nd Half or Full Epoch Animals
 Tuesday, July 1 K-2nd Half or Full The Worm Diaries
 Wednesday, July 2 K-2nd Half or Full Over Our Heads
 Thursday, July 3 K-2nd Half or Full Ready for Dance Day?
 Monday, July 7 3rd-6th Half or Full Cenozoic Animals
 Tuesday, July 8 3rd-6th Half or Full Wagons West
 Wednesday, July 9 3rd-6th Half or Full Geocaching
 Thursday, July 10 3rd-6th Half or Full Rockin' Dances
 Friday, July 11 3rd-6th Half or Full Settling Kansas
Monday, July 28 K-2nd Half or Full Cowboys & Cowgirls
Tuesday, July 29 K-2nd Half or Full Here Fishy Fishy
Wednesday, July 30 K-2nd Half or Full Sunshine Gardens
Thursday, July 31 K-2nd Half or Full Hungry, Hungry Insects
Friday, August 1 K-2nd Half or Full Life on the Ice
Monday, August 4 3rd-6th Half or Full 4-Legged Work
Tuesday, August 5 3rd-6th Half or Full Fishing Fun
Wednesday, August 6 3rd-6th Half or Full Grow What You Sow
Thursday, August 7 3rd-6th Half or Full Glaciation
Friday, August 8 3rd-6th Half or Full Humans of the Ice Age


  • 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. Pre-registration required. To register for this classclick here.

Fees: $7.00 for members; $8.00 for non-members

     Tuesday, April 8 - Cookin' & Campin'
     Tuesday, May 6 - Now You Seed Me, Now You Don't
     Tuesday, June 3 - Herbs of the World
     Tuesday, June 10 - All Aboard

     Tuesday, June 17 - Round Them Up
     Tuesday, June 24 - Ice Age Fossils
     Tuesday, July 15 - Ice Age Mega Fauna
     Tuesday, July 22 - Animals Dances

  • Footsteps in the Flint Hills (ages 6-8): Explore the Flint Hills through a collection of guided experiences that examine wildlife and culture through time. Examine the unique adaptations that make the Flint Hills a perfect place for many animals, and engage in activities related to the tools, weapons and customs prevalent throughout the region, from 16,000 years ago through present day. Each week kids will explore a different aspect important to the Flint Hills, so enroll in one, two or all! All sessions will run from 10 a.m. to noon. There is a maximum of 12 children; minimum of 5.
    Pre-registration required. To register for this class, click here.

    $9.00 for members; $10.00 for non-members
         Saturday, April 5 - Fire: Friend or Foe?
         Saturday, May 3 - Insectify
         Saturday, June 21 - Mammoths and More
         Saturday, July 19 - Flying Around the Ice Age
         Saturday, August 23 - People of the Frozen Past

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!