School Field Trips

Igniting Curiosity About the Flint Hills

Plan your next field trip to the Flint Hills Discovery Center where science and history collide! Tour our interactive and dynamic exhibits to learn more about the rich biodiversity and heritage of the Flint Hills. Be sure to also book an education program where our staff will lead your students on an exploration of local science, history, and culture from our on-site classroom.

Field Trip Admission Rates


 Field Trip Type  Student Rate  Chaperone Rate
 Without Educational Program $3 per student $3 per adult*
 With Educational Program
$6 per student $3 per adult*

*The Chaperone Admission Rate is based on a 1:5 adult to youth ratio. Any adults over this 1:5 ratio must pay General Admission Rates/Group Admission Rates depending on the group size. Chaperones do not pay the Education Program Fee. 

Payment & Visit Overview

All fees are due at the ticket counter before entry into the exhibitions and before delivery of an education program. We accept all major forms of payment including cash, check, and credit card. We do not accept pre-payment. Bus drivers receive free admission.

A typical visit takes 90 minutes, add 60 minutes if your visit includes an Education Program. Two outdoor spaces with seating are available for group lunches.

What Admission Includes

Without Education Program ($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
With Education Program (Additional $3 Per Student):
  • Any of nine curriculum based formal school programs 
  • A staff educator to lead each 45-60 minute program
  • Full lesson plans including pre and post visit activities for select programs

Education Programs

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

Reserve Your Trip 

To book your field trip, call us at 785-587-2726, email fhdceducation@cityofmhk.com or complete our Group Visits Form. Please be prepared to provide: 

  • Number of youth in your group
  • Grade or age level
  • Date you would like to visit
  • Time preference
  • Education program preference
We will follow up to confirm details and send you a detailed confirmation packet.

Need assistance with transportation costs? Learn more about our "Bus On Us" program, through the Freedom's Frontier Natural Heritage Area.