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 grades K-6. Full-Day and Half-Day sessions available. Prices range from $14-$26 per session. 

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

childrenFlint Hills Discovery Center Youth Education Program

 Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp (grades K-6) 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

Summer Camp Prices Have Changed

All Day (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Members: $23/Session
Non-Members: $26/Session

Half Day (8 a.m. - Noon)
Members: $14/Session
Non-Members: $16/Session

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

Adventure Camp Activity Schedule, Grades K-2

Monday, June 29


Students will learn how caves are formed, what animals use caves and about early humans living in caves. They will make a cave diorama using clay and decorate it to make it look like a Flint Hills cave!

Tuesday, June 30

FIRE and Light

Explore how Kansas settlers utilized fire and light in their everyday lives. Students will make a bucket lantern and kaleidoscope to continue the fun at home!

Wednesday, July 1

Night-Time Creatures

Investigate the In the Dark exhibition to discover which animals come out during the night. Students will explore what it's like to use all of their senses when they cannot use their sight. 

Thursday, July 2

Chugga Choo Science

All aboard! Students will learn the parts of a train using food and create their very own engine to take home. They'll also learn the basic history of how rail systems came to be and why they were used. 

Friday, July 3

Flint Hills Flair

Make several exciting projects that pop, fizz or fly! Launch vinegar and baking soda rockets and listen to soda volcanoes fizz. Explore the Fourth of July history and US Flag history as well. 

Monday, July 27

Food Science

Play with and explore the science behind food. We will make marshmallow catapults, walk on eggs and at the end of the day, make ice cream!

Tuesday, July 28


Learn different aspects of architecture through exploration of local structures and an interactive balloon experience. Students will create their very own structures to take home at the end of the day. 

Wednesday, July 29

Lost in the Stars

Explore the sky above us as we learn all about constellations. Students will be able to identify the North Star as well as what White Dwarfs are, what Novae are and how stars are formed. 

Thursday, July 30

Can You See Me?

Discover what soldiers use to camouflage themselves while out in the field. Students will learn how animals protect themselves from predators and will get to create their own camouflage. 

Friday, July 31

Our State Symbols

Kansas has adopted many symbols that define our heritage and home. Come explore our official state symbols of Kansas by creating and potting your very own sunflower as well as a Little Bluestem craft that changes with the seasons. 

 To register, please click HERE.

Adventure Camp Activity Schedule, Grades 3-6

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 Meets Technology

Students will research flowers and plants that are in bloom.

Monday, July 6

Pioneer Engineers

Gain hands on practice with pioneer skills. Students will make ropes, containers and a loom. They'll also have the chance to assist with the constrution of a rope bridge. 

Tuesday, July 7

Draft and Build

Test your construction knowledge using balloons and popsicle sticks to create your very own skyscraper. Students will travel to an Architecture studio and watch a real architect work.

Wednesday, July 8

Steam Trains

Explore the history and science behind trains as will as learn the importance of the railroad system. Students will learn about the repulsions and attractions of magnets. 

Thursday, July 9

A STEM Investigation

Research the case of an unsolved mystery! We will explore different ways to examine evidence, using chemical, photographic and biological means to draw conclusions. 

Friday, July 10

Flint Hills Travelers

Students will have the opportunity to design their own hotel, practice their map reading skills as well as explore historic travel routes through the Tallgrass Prairie!

Monday, August 3

Art of Gardening

Paint your very own flower and learn how to arrange a bouquet of flowers. Students will discover how native plants can be used for dyes and landscapes. 

Tuesday, August 4

Hide and Go Camo

Students will make camouflage colored tie-dye shirts as well as learn ways people and animals hide themselves in the Flint Hills. 

Wednesday, August 5

Astronomical Adventure

Race to the stars! Students will embark on an adventure to explore the space above the Flint Hills. They'll discover what life without gravity is like and create a constellation key chain.

Thursday, August 6

Off to Oregon

Come ride along and visit two historic sites in the Flint Hills. Students will explore an Oregon Trail camp side and a historic Pony Express Station. Each student will create an Oregon Trail board game to take home!

Friday, August 7

Fire on the Prairie

Explore the role of fire in our lives. Students will check out prescribed burning tools and compare and contrast the effects of fire on the Tallgrass Prairie.

To register, please click HERE!


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, 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! 

Tuesday, June 2

Birdie News

Learn what birds eat and how to identify a Western Meadowlark. Children will also paint bird feeders to take home, pretend to be birds and enjoy eating chocolate covered insects!

Tuesday, June 9

Stop and Go Lights

Explore and understand traffic lights. Learn what each color means, enjoy a snack and make and take a craft. It's never too early to learn the rules of the road!

Tuesday, June 16


Discover unique traits of mammals and experience different types of furs too! Children will learn what types of food mammals eat and discover that mammals can live on land or under water during craft time.

Tuesday, June 23

Fourth of July 

It's time to celebrate the Fourth of July! Children will sing the Star Spangled Banner and create an early 1800s American flag as they learn the history of the America flag. 

Tuesday, July 14

Let's Get Building

Children will create their very own invention! Using recycled goods, including spaghetti and marshmallows, children will create their own airplane to take home and fly.

Tuesday, July 21

Floatin' Fun

Experiment with different objects to test whether they sink or float. Children will learn that water can be found in many different forms, what it's used for, as well as create an artistic masterpiece using paint and water balloons. 

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!