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Posted on: March 15, 2018


Manhattan, Kan. – The Flint Hills Discovery Center’s Programs and Education Animals Supervisor, Amber Myers was recently awarded the Connie Elpers Rising Star Award from the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE).  KACEE’s 2018 Communtiy and Non-Profit Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education award was given to the Flint Hills Map and Education Program.

Nominated by Myers’ peers, the award honors Elpers’ legacy in recognizing those passionate individuals who are new to the conservation and environmental education field in Kansas, but are already making an impact. “These award recipients are the best in their field, and KACEE is pleased to honor these deserving individuals and organizations, who contribute so much to environmental education in Kansas,” said KACEE President Gina Penzig, Media Relations Manager at Westar Energy.

Myers’ passion and dedication to sharing the environment with others drives both her personal and professional life.  “Amber is one of the hardest working and most dedicated stewards of our environment that I’ve ever met,” Stephen Bridenstine, Curator of Education at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, said. “Her love of the natural world marks everything she does and has impacted not only the staff and guests here at the Flint Hills Discovery Center (FHDC), but also everyone she meets in her life.”

Also awarded, is the Flint Hills Map and Education Program, created in 2012 by a team that included a local rancher, area teachers and staff from the Flint Hills Discovery Center. This team met with numerous advisors to begin working on efforts to develop a sense of pride, awareness, commitment and knowledge about one of the world’s most rare and endangered eco-systems, the Tallgrass Prairie. Together they designed a comprehensive map exhibit, accompanying lessons for students and opportunities for professional development for teachers.

To date, the map and exhibit have been provided free of charge to 173 K-12 schools, 10 colleges, and 9 public locations in 24 Flint Hills counties.  The impact of these educational efforts reaches over 114,000 students and faculty annually.

A formal award celebration will be hosted by KACEE on Friday, April 6, 2018, at Sunset Zoo in Manhattan.  The event is sponsored by KACEE, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Sunset Zoo, Midwest Energy and the Franklin County Conservation District.  Ticket information is available at or by calling 785-532-1902.

To learn more about Amber Myers or the Flint Hills Map and Education Program at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, visit, call 785-587-2726 or visit 315 S. 3rd St. in Manhattan.

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