Events

    10 Sep Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists: Small Worlds

    It's easy to miss the fascinating things going on right under our feet - so come on out to the KWEC and enjoy a fun morning of taking a closer look at these small worlds.  We promise, there will be no singing!  From the busy world under the KWEC pollinator garden, to the tiny interactions on our nature trail, enjoy refreshments while you learn about the smallest residents of Cheyenne Bottoms. No registration is required for this fun, FREE event!  Got questions?  Give us a call at 1-877-243-9268.

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 9:00 AM


    17 Sep Butterfly Festival

    Wading through sunflowers with a captured monarch butterfly, a monarch tagging participant brings his catch in to be tagged. Tagging is just one of many butterfly-themed activities planned at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s butterfly festival Sept. 17

    All things “butterfly” is the focus of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s annual Butterfly Festival This year’s Butterfly Festival will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 9 a.m. to noon. From making milkweed seed bombs to tagging monarch butterflies, kids and adults will find plenty to do during this free event. In addition to old favorites – monarch tagging, insect zoo, crafts and door prizes –kids and adults can try their hand at silk spinning, using actual silk moth cocoons, a process that is thousands of years old. Nets and tags will be available for those who want to capture and tag monarch butterflies. Participants will receive information about the tagging process before heading out with a tagging leader to search for Monarch butterflies. Although monarch butterfly numbers have decreased drastically, they seem to be rebounding locally, with many adults, caterpillars and eggs found on milkweed in Cheyenne Bottoms. Weather permitting, an exhibit bee hive will be on display in the insect zoo in addition to giant walking stick insects, hissing and peppered cockroaches and butterflies, caterpillars and chrysalises. Plan to spend the morning, as door prizes will be presented just before noon, along with free milkweed plants. Kids, and adults who want to be kids again, can play in the mud and make a seed bomb, composed of clay, compost, water and native flower seeds, to take home. Get in some practice by slinging premade milkweed seed bombs into KWEC’s prairie area using giant slingshots. Find your inner insect by taking your photo at monarch butterfly and caterpillar photo boards. Create a butterfly magnet and a fuzzy caterpillar in the craft section and refuel with light refreshments and drinks. Temporary tattoos, games and other activities round out the morning’s activities. Butterfly milkweed plants, with growing instructions, will be available free to those who would like to encourage monarchs to their yards and gardens. Information on butterfly-friendly plants and other attractants will be available and visitors may also walk through the wildflower/butterfly garden to view examples of butterfly-friendly plants. For more information contact KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 or visit: wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu.

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 9:00 AM


    25 Sep Craft Series: Natural Dyeing

    If you love fiber, have we got a workshop for you!  Knitters, crocheters, spinners, quilters, anyone who works with yarn or fabric will go home with a new appreciation for nature’s resources.  Learn what plants in our area have hidden secrets, the process of going from plant to dye, and techniques to make sure your hand dyed creations last.  No previous dyeing experience necessary! Give us a call today at 1-877-243-9268 to register for this fun, FREE craft workshop!

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 2:00 PM


    8 Oct Hunter Appreciation Day and Free Breakfast

    Duck hunting season begins on Saturday, October 8 for the Cheyenne Bottoms area.  Typically, around 300 hunters from across the United States flock to the marsh for the weekend hunt.  For the fourth year, hunters are invited to stop by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center after their hunt from 8 to 11am for free breakfast, coffee, and juice.  Biscuits and gravy will be served.  The free breakfast is sponsored by Great Bend Regional Hospital.  After filling up on good eats, hunters can learn about Cheyenne Bottoms’s history at the education center, peruse through items in the Cheyenne Bottoms Ducks Unlimited Chapter raffle and silent auction, visit waterfowl identification and hunting information booths, as well as share your hunting stories with fellow hunters. Hunters can also get their waterfowl boats inspected for safety for free by KS Wildlife Parks & Tourism Boater Education staff.  The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is located at the southeast corner of Cheyenne Bottoms along K-156 Highway.  For questions about the breakfast, call the KWEC at 877-243-9268.

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 8:00 AM


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