The Flint Hills Discovery Center offers a number of fun, educational opportunities for the youth in our community.
- NEW! Adventure Camp (Grades K-6): The Sunset Zoo and the FHDC are joining forces to provide a unique and enhanced experience for kids when USD 383 is not in session. Together, adventurers will learn about the plants and animals from their own backyard to around the world. They'll also have the chance to travel back in time to explore the history, geology, and fossils that makes their home a unique and special place. Drop off and pick up will be at the site identified for each session and changes regularly providing an opportunity for kids to explore both Sunset Zoo and FHDC on different dates. There is a maximum of 24 members; a minimum of 10. Enrollment will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Those students who are enrolled will receive confirmation by mail. Parents can drop off adventurers 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 all supplies for activities and access to exhibits. Lunch is NOT provided; full day registrants must bring their own sack lunch. Permission forms are required for participation. Please click here to download the release/permission form.
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register for Adventure Camp, click here.
Fees: All Day (8am-5pm) - $22.00/session for members and $25.00/session for non-members
Half Day (8am - noon) - $13.00/session for members and $15.00/session for non-members
Monday, Dec. 23
– Zoo: Presents for Animals; FHDC: Geography of Kansas
Thursday, Dec. 26
– Zoo: King of the Mountain; FHDC: What's in a Name
Friday, Dec. 27
– Zoo: Polar Opposites; FHDC: The Ranching Story
Tuesday, Dec. 30
– FHDC: Strong Weather; Zoo: Cold Climate Animals
Tuesday, Dec. 31
– FHDC: Rivers, Streams & Lakes; Zoo: Up All Night
Thursday, Jan. 2
– FHDC: Good-to-Know-Story; Zoo: Polar Food Webs
Friday, Jan. 3
– FHDC: Painting, Pottery & Play; Zoo: Happy Chimp Year
Monday, Jan. 20
– Zoo: Hibernation Habits; FHDC: Animals Through Time
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 class, click here.Fees: $7.00 for members; $8.00 for non-members
Tuesday, Feb. 11 - Football Fun
Tuesday, Feb. 25 - Native Pottery
Tuesday, March 4 - Trading Trails
Tuesday, March 25 - Upstream Downstream
Tuesday, April 8 - Cookin' & Campin'
Tuesday, May 6 - Now You Seed Me, Now You Don't
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.
Fees: $9.00 for members; $10.00 for non-members
Saturday, Feb. 15 - Football Science
Saturday, April 5 - Fire: Friend or Foe?
Saturday, May 3 - Insectify