On Exhibit: Bison & Wolves and Wild Lands

Bison: The Great American Icon

September 15, 2018 - January 13, 2019
Located in the Tallgrass Gallery on the Second Floor
Bison: A temporary exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center

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 Future

Bison 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.
Image of Bison Skeleton
Bison Skeleton

Also On Exhibit: Wolves and Wild Lands

September 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 Programs

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  1. Lecture Series
  2. National Bison Day
  3. Panel Discussions
  4. Tallgrass Tour Bus

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.
Bison, The Great American Icon