School Field Trips

The education staff of the Flint Hills Discovery Center (FHDC) understands what it takes to create effective and fun programs for school-age children.  Come visit the Discovery Center for a field trip where science and history collide!

For $3 Per Student:

  • 15 minute 4-D film Tallgrass Prairie: Tides of Time
  • Access to our permanent exhibit and temporary exhibit galleries
  • Grade appropriate scavenger hunts for the permanent gallery
  • Access to our outdoor interpretive terrace
  • Gift shop with Flint Hills souvenirs

For an Additional $3 Per Student:

  • Any of nine curriculum based formal school programs listed below
  • A staff educator to lead each 45-60 minute program
  • Full lesson plans including pre and post visit activities for select programs

We use state curriculum standards and core concepts in choosing program content and design. This will ensure that school-age children will not only experience a fun, hands-on approach to learning, but teachers will find the classes to be enriching and in concert with classroom content.

For more information or to start your visit, please submit a Group Visit form, call 785.587.2726 or email

*We can accommodate a group visit for children of all different ages without including an educational program. 

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  1. PreK - 2nd Grade
  2. 3rd - 5th Grade
  3. 6th - 8th Grade

Flint Hills Exploration

Explore the life of a child in the Flint Hills over the years or investigate the various rocks, plants and wildlife of the unique landscape with this guided experience at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. This program allows the group to choose the areas of the Flint Hills that they want to explore, be it the history, geology, ecology, or a combination. Each program has the chance to be different based on the collection of activities selected by the group.

Teachers and parents can pick four activities and one alternative before arrival at the FHDC. Students will move through the activities in a “round-robin” fashion. The fun and fresh experience at each station ensures young minds never get bored while teachers can gear the experience to many different overarching areas of content from the classroom. List of activities (PDF)

  • Learning Centers
  • Time: 45-60 minutes
  • Minimum: 12 students | Maximum: 30 per session
  • Education standards vary depending on activities chosen

Engineer It! Assembly Line

Learn about assembly lines, participate in a human assembly line model and redesign an assembly line to improve speed and efficiency.

  • For students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade
  • 60 minutes
  • Minimum: 12 students | Maximum: 30 per session
  • Standards: K-2-ETSJ-1