Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp (Grades K-6) is a unique program offered at both the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo. This popular Day Camp makes learning fun! Camps include hands-on activities like exciting experiments, outdoor excursions, and creative crafts.

Camp Schedule & Registration

Children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. for each session in which they are enrolled. Themed camp activities start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 4:30 p.m.

Pick up for half-day registration is between 12:00 and 12:15 p.m. Pick up for full-day registration is between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Full-day registrants must bring their own sack lunch.

Pre-registration is required either online, by phone at 785-587-2726 or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Camp Eligibility and Expectations

The Education Team at the Flint Hills Discovery Center works hard to create a safe and inclusive environment for learning. We also expect that all camp participants and parents do their part to create that same environment. The following expectations apply to all campers:
  • Respect all participants, staff, exhibits, and property
  • Participate in all activities
  • Work as a team when asked
  • Play safely and practice self-control
  • Follow all rules and verbal staff instructions
  • Use appropriate language
  • Remain in sight of staff at all times
If unacceptable behavior continues beyond staff interventions, staff will contact the camp participant’s parents. Please note that refunds will not be given if campers are sent home due to inappropriate behavior.

COVID-19 Information

The health and safety of your child is extremely important to us.  We are currently enacting enhanced cleaning protocols to ensure the camp environment is as safe and clean as possible.  In addition, we are limiting camp enrollment to a max of 16 youth per day. Until the COVID protocols are significantly relaxed, we will not be taking any half-day participants.

All City of Manhattan facilities, including the Flint Hills Discovery Center, require face coverings for guests regardless of vaccination status.  This includes all Adventure Camp participants.  Any changes to this policy will be communicated to parents prior to any camp day.

Fall/Winter 2021 Camps

During the school year, Adventure Camp (Grades K-6) is offered at both the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo. The age of the child attending determines the camp location when offered at both sites.

School Year Pricing for 2021 Camps 
 Session  FHDC Member Fee  Non-Member Fee
 Full Day, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
 $24/day  $28/day
 Half Day, 7:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.*
 $16/day*  $18/day*
*Due to enhanced COVID restrictions, we are NOT enrolling half-day participants at this time.

Grades K-2 

Date Theme Description
September 24 Junior Archaeologists Let's uncover the past like an archaeologist! Then learn about present Native American cultures in the Flint Hills. 
October 11 Flying with the Ancients What creatures lived in Kansas when the dinosaurs were alive? Come find out as we have a giant adventure!
October 15 Beast of the Water Discover how the might mosasaur thrived right here in Kansas! We will explore how the surface of Earth has changed during its time. 
October 21 Plant Eaters Design a world for a dinosaur, complete with their favorite foods. Not all dinosaurs had sharp teeth, so let's discover how they chewed their food. 
October 22 Meat Eaters Let's match the dinosaur with the right meal! Compare modern birds to ancient dinosaurs by taking a closer look at fossils and pictures while using tools of paleontologists and biologists. 
November 22 Bones, Bones, Bones Let's solve the mystery of what's under your skin! Join us in a day full of skeletal discovery. 
November 23 Dino Fashion What did dinosaurs really look like? Find out as we transform into dinosaurs with bright colors, fun feathers and pointy claws!
November 24 Bison Bash The American bison is our national mammal. Join us as we try some bison snacks, touch real bison fur and discover how important bison is to the prairie. 
December 20 Ranchers and Rustlers Cowboys have special tools of the trade. Come lasso up some fun with our Cowboy Toolbox!
December 21 Winter Science Snow, ice and experiments! Let's explore the science behind the cold winter months. 
December 22 The Light Moves Black lights, color, prisms and with light and see some of the many ways we use it to enhance our lives!
December 23 Global Holidays There are lots of reasons to celebrate each and every day. Let's find out how people from all over the world celebrate the important times in their lives!

Grades 3-6 

Date Theme Description
December 27 Rancher Roundup Come try your hand at cowboy skills! We will take a look at the tools and techniques ranchers and their cattlemen use to manage their herd. 
December 28 Bison Business Can you run a bison ranch? Come see what it takes to care for bison, the largest grazers on the prairie. 
December 29 The Power of Light Let's explore the electromagnetic spectrum including light we can see and some we can't! We'll conduct experiments that are truly enlightening!
December 30 World Festivals How do you celebrate the important times in your life? Let's find out how people and cultures around the world celebrate!
January 3 Cold Science Dress warm because we're playing with ice! Explore the science behind winter snow and ice as we learn through experimentation. 
January 17 Diverse Kansas Kansas is home to many people and cultures, some ancient and some new arrivals! Let's explore the many different people who call our state home. 

Enroll Your Child on Their Next Adventure

1. Pick a Camp
Choose the appropriate camp from the schedule and class descriptions chart based on grade and season.

2. Pre-Register for Each Session
Pre-register online, by phone at 785-587-2726 or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

 3. Fill Out Forms

Complete emergency release and permission forms and return them to the FHDC Education Department on or before your first program of the season.
4. Review the Parent Handbook
All parents should read the Adventure Camp Parent Handbook prior to dropping their child off at camp. Parents failing to follow the rules and regulations outlined in this handbook may result in a child’s removal from camp.
5. Review the Refund Policy
Registrants will receive a full refund if the program is canceled or may be transferred to another class. A full refund is granted if a request to withdraw is received one week (seven days) prior to the start date. A partial refund is granted if requested between one week and at least 48 hours prior to start date. There will be no refund if request is less than 48 hours in advance or if the participant fails to show.