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Kansas Wetlands Education Center
Dragonfly and Turtle
W ant a unique nature experience? Then, visit the new Kansas Wetlands Education Center. KWEC overlooks Cheyenne Bottoms; the largest inland marsh in the United States and a Ramsar designated, Wetland of International Importance.

.  Walk through state-of-the-art exhibits that tell the story of Cheyenne Bottoms from its ancient geological formation to the management challenges of the future. Discover the magnificence of these wetlands and the animals and plants living there.
   From inside the Center or out, watch Great Blue Herons stalking prey or Mallards tending their young. Submerge yourself in the wetland experience by walking to the observation platform. Naturalists will be on hand to enhance your visit and answer questions.
   Are you ready for the ultimate experience? Take a tour of the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and the Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve. While driving the miles of dikes and roads, you will see American Avocets, Long-Billed Dowitchers, and much more right out your car window.
Have your breath taken away as thousands of shorebirds or waterfowl take flight.
Avocets in the water
   The Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC) is a 11,246 square feet facility located 10 miles northeast of the intersection of US 281 and US 56/156 in Great Bend at 592 NE 156 Highway, Great Bend, KS 67530. KWEC is a branch of Sternberg Museum of Natural History and, therefore, a unit of Fort Hays State University (FHSU). Although located on land owned by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), the Center will be operated by Fort Hays State University personnel. The facility overlooks the 19,857 acre Cheyenne Bottom Wildlife Area managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the 7,694 acre Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve managed by The Nature Conservancy.
Wetlands Education Center Rendering and Floorplan

Tuesday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The Center is closed Mondays, New Years Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The KWEC is available for after hours use by reservation.
   Travel a short distance down the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, where you may see Snowy Plovers and endangered Least Terns.
   So, for your shorebird and waterfowl watching experience of a lifetime, join us at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, the entry point to the Kansas Wetlands Complex.

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