Special Projects

The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation provided fiscal sponsorship during the past two years for two very unique Flint Hills educational programs. These outstanding programs offered an extraordinary opportunity for the Foundation to support the Flint Hills Discovery Center's regional mission of connecting children, teachers and schools to the rich dimension of the Flint Hills, and sharing with a broad audience the special story of the history of the Flint Hills.

Prairie Women: Engaging Women of the Flint Hills

Dave Kendall is shooting his next production called, “Prairie Women: Engaging Women of the Flint Hills.” Dave and his wife, Laura Mead, are producing this film about some of the notable women actively engaged in the promotion, preservation and protection of the Flint Hills, as well as reflecting upon the pioneering experiences of those who came before them. The new production focuses on women engaged in a variety of pursuits, from ranching and agri-tourism to songwriting and landscape painting. The film is scheduled to premiere in the spring of 2018.

The FHDC Foundation is serving as fiscal agent for Dave’s film project as it did for his first documentary film, “The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: A Flint Hills Love Story.” Be sure and visit Dave’s website (prairiehollow.net) and the Prairie Hollow Productions Facebook page to learn more about his film work.

Flint Hills Educational Map

Every K-12 school in the Flint Hills was offered a large museum-quality map display free of change in 2016. The map display included a colored map outlining the Flint Hills, showing the remaining intact prairie and a selection of three associated side panels.

Over 180 Flint Hills schools have the Map on display in their buildings. The Map display is also located at seven colleges and ten public locations in the Flint Hills. The Flint Hills Discovery Center also displays two four panel maps on the second floor. One display is in the classroom and the other is located at the entrance to the Tallgrass Gallery. The regional Educational Map placement project was financed by over 60 private and public donors.

This is the first-of-a-kind educational Map program offered in the Flint Hills region. A major dimension of the project is the educational component which includes teaching materials. Click here to view the program.

Support Us

From time to time, the Flint Hills Discovery Center staff, in collaboration with the FHDC Foundation, develop programming or identifies projects that depend on outside support for implementation. For more about current opportunities to fund special projects, please contact V. Marie Martin, Foundation Director, at 785-587-2729 ext. 211.