On Exhibit: Bison & Wolves and Wild Lands
Bison: The Great American IconSeptember 15, 2018 - January 13, 2019
Located in the Tallgrass Gallery on the Second Floor
Ancient. Massive. Wild. The bison is a North American species whose story stretches from Plains Indian hunters to entrepreneurial industrialists to dedicated conservationists to today’s producers and enthusiasts. Discover this great American icon through an interactive exhibit that combines history, artifacts, and hands-on activities.
Explore the Past, Present and FutureBison celebrates the history and significance of this North American mammal, and highlights the importance of its preservation and conservation. From a primary provider of the Plains Indian people to the brink of extinction - and back - the bison is an unique and vibrant story of the American West. Bison hides, numerous artifacts, scale-model tipi, a hand cranked line shaft, audio and video clips, and more aid visitors in their exploration.
Featuring the Konza Prairie Quilters Guild
The Konza Prairie Quilters Guild boasts impressive quilting skills in the Flint Hills region. Several quilts are on display, exhibiting the importance of quilting in prairie culture and community.
Meet "Ernie the Bison!"Come face to face with a full size bison, then look inside him! Meet Ernie the inside-out bison. On one side, he's a real taxidermy bison bull. On the other side, he's a fully articulated skeleton.
Ernie is located on the first floor at our Fanning the Flames exhibit. Regular admission rates apply to see this special display. On exhibit through January 13, 2019.
Also On Exhibit: Wolves and Wild LandsSeptember 15, 2018 - January 13, 2019
Located in the Mezzanine Gallery on the Second Floor
Howling at the moon, these predators take us to many places in North America: from the Arctic to the southwestern United States. This exhibition provides a compelling, continental perspective on wolves today. Organized by region, each wolf is presented in its human and natural-history context.
Exhibit ProgramsClick on the tabs below to explore all the exciting programs and events.
Join us as featured speakers dive deeper into our two fall exhibits, Bison & Wolves and Wild Lands. Behind the Exhibits lectures are FREE and open to the public. Lectures held in our second floor classroom.
Conserving Bison in the Flint Hills with Brian Obermeyer | Thursday, September 20 from 6:30-7:30pm
Come learn about The Nature Conservancy’s role restoring bison to the prairie and its decade-long agreement with the National Park Service to conserve the most unique bison genetics. Brian Obermeyer has been with The Nature Conservancy for 16 years, directing the Flint Hills Initiative in Kansas and guiding whole-system conservation in the broader region. Brian works with ranchers, landowners and other stakeholders to help preserve the biological integrity of this unique region. Brian holds a master’s degree in Environmental Biology from Emporia State University.
The Role of Bison in Prairie Maintenance with Jeff Taylor | Thursday, October 18 from 6:30-7:30pm
Join us as we welcome Jeff Taylor, bison herd manager and lead botanist at Konza Prairie Biological Station. Jeff has been working at Konza for over 11 years and will discuss the origins and management of the Konza Prairie bison herd. He will also explain the impacts of bison on the landscape and how bison grazing compares to cattle grazing.
Tales of a Wildlife Rehabber with Pat Silovsky | Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 6:30-7:30pm
As the director of the Milford Nature Center, Pat Silovsky has had 30 years of experience working with kids and animals. As a wildlife rehabilitator for the past 35 years, she has had many funny and humorous experiences, as well as many exciting releases and reunifications. Come listen to some of her most memorable experiences in working with Kansas wildlife.
From 10 AM-5 PM at the Flint Hills Discovery Center
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Join us for an entire day of activities celebrating our National Mammal, the American Bison! We will have fun bison crafts and activities. Check out our bison touch table to see real artifacts. Even jump in front of our green screen for your very own bison portrait!
All activities included in regular admission for the day.
Join us as we bring together unique voices in conversation to explore the Bison & Wolves and Wild Lands exhibits. Discussions are FREE and open to the public. Held in our second floor classroom.
Bison and Humans through Time
Saturday, October 27 from 2:00-3:30pm
Join the Flint Hills Discovery Center as we put four unique voices in conversation about the American Bison. We welcome a tribal elder, historian, biologist, and rancher to share their wide ranging experiences and understanding of this magnificent American icon. Moderator James Sherow, University Distinguished Professor of History at Kansas State University, will lead the panel in a group discussion about the cultural, historical, environmental, and economic significance of America’s largest mammal. The panel will open to audience questions at the end.
Explore the Flint Hills and beyond with the Tallgrass Tour Bus! Join the Discovery Center as we embark on day trips to exciting locations in central Kansas. We will dive into the history, culture and natural beauty of our remarkable state.
Lazy Heart D Bison Ranch TourSunday, September 30, 2:30 PM-6:00 PM
Join us for an afternoon of bison fun at the Lazy Heart D Ranch. First, get hands-on with bison artifacts and learn about America’s National Mammal from ranch owner and tour guide Ed Dillinger. Then get up close to the herd during a 90 minute guided tour where you can feed the animals. Guests travel on a comfortable trailer making it safe and fun for the entire family. Bison meat also available for purchase.
Round trip travel and tour fees are provided. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Not recommended for youth under 2. Tour leaves the Flint Hills Discovery Center at 2:30pm and returns no later than 6:00pm.
Pre-registration is required by September 29 at 5:00pm. Pre-register online, by phone at 785-587-2726 or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.
Youth and Adult FHDC Member: $14 | Youth and Adult Non-Member: $18
Plumlee Buffalo Ranch Tour
RESCHEDULED - this trip was postponted from October 13 due to severe weather. Trip is running November 3 and has new spots available!
Saturday, November 3, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM
Join us for a morning of bison fun at the Plumlee Buffalo Ranch outside of Alma, Kansas. You will get up close to America’s National Mammal during a 2-hour guided tour of this working Bison ranch. See a beautiful native tallgrass prairie and remnants of pioneer wagon ruts. Guests travel on a comfortable trailer making it safe and fun for the entire family.
Round trip travel and tour fees are provided. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Not recommended for youth under 2.
Tour leaves the Flint Hills Discovery Center at 8:30am and returns no later than Noon.
Pre-registration required by November 2 at 5:00pm. Pre-register online, by phone at 785-587-2726 or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.
Youth and Adult FHDC Member: $14 | Youth and Adult Non-Member: $18