School Programs

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center offers several science- and nature-based school programs such as field trips or outreach in your school classroom or facility.

Programs are designed to run approximately 45 minutes to one hour, depending on student age and class needs. Programs combining trips to the Bottoms and/or hikes with classroom time may run longer than one hour. Programs feature live animals and plants where possible and/or hands on materials and activities.

Macroinvertebrate sampling

Programs are provided free of charge if scheduled at least two weeks in advance. A small mileage fee may be charged for travel to schools located over 75 miles away from KWEC.

The preferred maximum number for each class is 30 students, but larger groups can be accommodated by rotating students among several programs/activities. For hikes, 25 or less students is preferred.

Links to a full list of program offerings are below.  At the end of each program description is a list of Kansas state science standards met for each age group. Some programs are created with a certain age group in mind, but programs can be adjusted to the specific age group of your students. Please refer to the science standards for age appropriateness.

Please contact us if you do not see a program topic that you are interested in. Modifications can be made to existing programs or new programs can be created to meet your curriculum needs.

To schedule a program, or for more information, please call KWEC toll free at 1-877-243-9268, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m


K-6 Programs:

  • A Butterfly’s Journal
  • Cheyenne Bottoms’ Spring Chorus
  • Birds:  Nature’s Marvelous Flying Machines
  • Create a Bird
  • Making Tracks
  • Is it Reptile or Amphibian?
  • Wonderful Wetlands
  • Halloween Critters
  • Kansas Day Symbols

Individual Adaptation Programs:

  • The Case of the Hungry Owl
  • Bills and Feet
  • Have Wings, Will Travel
  • Home Life

Outdoor programs available at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center during spring and fall:

  • Habitat/Seasonal Hike
  • Wetland Study
  • Insect Search


Grade 7 – College Programs:

  • Adaptations Ahoy!
  • Anatomy of Flight
  • Biodiversity in Action
  • How Many Critters is Too Many?
  • Is This Habitat Healthy?
  • Organizing, Classifying, Demystifying
  • Wetland Habitats – KWEC Field Trip
  • Wetlands in Trouble