Greater Prairie-Chicken Booming Tours
Registration is open now. Register online, in-person or call 785-587-2726.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to visit a Greater Prairie-Chicken booming ground at the height of the booming season every spring. You will witness the majestic ballet of the Greater Prairie-Chicken as they dance for dominance. FHDC staff will accompany you on your trip and provide all the insight you need.
Group Size & Pricing Price includes group transportation to the booming ground from the Discovery Center and light breakfast. Limited to 10 participants per trip. Open to ages 18+. Ages 10-17 may be accompanied by an adult.
IMPORTANT: All guests must be capable and comfortable hiking up to a mile over uneven prairie terrain in the dark with headlamps (headlamps provided).
Members: $50 | Non-Members: $55
Need a place to stay? The Fairfield Inn Manhattan, located next to the Discovery Center, is offering special hotel rates for program participants. Ask for the "Flint Hills Discovery Center Rate."
Click the tabs below for program dates and important program notes.
photo courtesy Noppadol Paothong
Spring 2020 Dates
- Saturday, March 14
- Wednesday, March 18
- Saturday, March 21- SOLD OUT
- Wednesday, March 25- SOLD OUT
- Saturday, March 28
- Wednesday, April 1
- Saturday, April 4
- Wednesday, April 8
- Saturday, April 11
- Wednesday, April 15
- Saturday, April 28
- Saturday, April 25
Custom trips available: Have a group of at least seven participants but no date that works? We can work with you to develop a custom trip. Subject to staff availability and weather conditions. Call 785-587-2726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Important Program Notes
- IMPORTANT: All guests must be capable and comfortable hiking up to a mile over uneven prairie terrain in the dark with headlamps (headlamps provided)
- Guests will spend approximately 2.5 hours inside the blind
- Dress warmly for the weather, the blind is not heated
- Photography is allowed but flash is not permitted
- Please minimize any noise made by your equipment
- Program may be canceled the day before the viewing due to adverse weather
- Make up dates for inclement weather are April 15, 18, and 25
Choosing a Date
- Early dates will have colder weather but are less likely to be cancelled due to thunderstorms.
- Later dates will have milder weather but are more likely to be cancelled due to thunderstorms.
Where to Stay
- Special rates available at the Fairfield Inn Manhattan, located next to the Discovery Center. Ask for the "Discovery Center Rate"
NOTE: Start times vary per date due to the change in sunrise times
4:30am: Meet at Flint Hills Discovery Center (FHDC)
4:30-5:00am: Light breakfast and orientation
5:15-5:45am: Drive to booming location parking area
5:45-6:30am: Hike to blinds
6:30-8:30am: Time in blind at booming ground
8:30-9:00am: Depart from booming ground
9:00-9:30am: Return drive to FHDC