Events

    9 Jul Summer Program: Protecting the Nest Egg

    Discover the animal world’s master weavers and masons, as we investigate birds’ nests and bee combs. Participants will search for bird nests; make their own nest and test it. Summer programs are offered at two times: 10-11 a.m. for children ages 4 to 7, and 2-3 p.m. for children ages 8 to 12. Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline is three days before the class (July 6). There is a maximum limit of 20 children per class and a minimum of six. Although there is no program charge, donations for supplies are appreciated. To register for a program, or for more information, call 1-877-243-9268.

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 10:00 AM


    10 Jul Naturalist Camp

    During this year’s naturalist camp, kids will explore the “nature of color”. Using items found in nature, like butterfly wings, feathers and flowers, participants will investigate color and light through experiments and observation. They'll also use prisms and water to make rainbows. In addition to making a rainbow scope, participants will decorate a nature camp T-shirt to take home.

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


    14 Jul Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists - Butterflies are Free

    You’re invited to join the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists for an exciting opportunity to learn more about the natural world, participate in research opportunities, and enjoy hands on activities! Who can join? Anyone!  Programs will be geared towards adults, but interested teens are welcome to join in the fun as well! What’s going on? Once a month, CBN meets at the KWEC from 6-7 pm.  Each meeting covers a different nature topic, and may feature a guest speaker, a presentation from KWEC staff, or a special short film.  Every meeting will have at least one hands on activity, so don’t worry that you’ll be sitting around like a bump on a log! Alright, how much is it? CBN is FREE!  All you have to do is come to the meetings prepared to enjoy yourself! Butterflies are Free What’s better than watching dozens of butterflies frolicking through the prairie?  Getting out there and seeing them up close!  We’ll head out to the KWEC nature trail armed with butterfly nets to get an up close and personal look at our local butterfly species.  Bring your bug spray, as butterflies are not the only hungry insects outdoors at this time of year! You’ll also have the chance to sign up for the KWEC’s annual butterfly count!

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 6:00 PM


    16 Jul Summer Program: Something's Fishy

    Encounter the variety of fish living in Cheyenne Bottoms, from catfish to fathead minnows. Learn how they survive their underwater world, search for fish in the KWEC’s pond and make your own fish to take home. Summer programs are offered at two times: 10-11 a.m. for children ages 4 to 7, and 2-3 p.m. for children ages 8 to 12. Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline is three days before the class (July 13). There is a maximum limit of 20 children per class and a minimum of six. Although there is no program charge, donations for supplies are appreciated. To register for a program, or for more information, call 1-877-243-9268.

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 10:00 AM


    11 Aug Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists - Way Up In The Sky!

    You’re invited to join the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists for an exciting opportunity to learn more about the natural world, participate in research opportunities, and enjoy hands on activities! Who can join? Anyone!  Programs will be geared towards adults, but interested teens are welcome to join in the fun as well! What’s going on? Once a month, CBN meets at the KWEC from 6-7 pm.  Each meeting covers a different nature topic, and may feature a guest speaker, a presentation from KWEC staff, or a special short film.  Every meeting will have at least one hands on activity, so don’t worry that you’ll be sitting around like a bump on a log! Alright, how much is it? CBN is FREE!  All you have to do is come to the meetings prepared to enjoy yourself! Way Up In The Sky! We spend an awful lot of time looking at things on the ground or at eye level, but what about that great big Kansas sky above us?  From weather watching to astronomy, there’s a lot going on up there!  Learn about some of the incredible phenomena up above, and enjoy a special presentation in the FHSU Science and Mathematics Education Institute’s inflatable planetarium!

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 6:00 PM


    8 Sep Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists - School of Hard Knocks

    You’re invited to join the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists for an exciting opportunity to learn more about the natural world, participate in research opportunities, and enjoy hands on activities! Who can join? Anyone!  Programs will be geared towards adults, but interested teens are welcome to join in the fun as well! What’s going on? Once a month, CBN meets at the KWEC from 6-7 pm.  Each meeting covers a different nature topic, and may feature a guest speaker, a presentation from KWEC staff, or a special short film.  Every meeting will have at least one hands on activity, so don’t worry that you’ll be sitting around like a bump on a log! Alright, how much is it? CBN is FREE!  All you have to do is come to the meetings prepared to enjoy yourself! School of Hard Knocks Just in time for human school to start, how do animals manage to learn?  We’ll take a look at some of the most impressive animal learning techniques, then get ready for a challenge as we see if our human learning is up to wild standards!

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 6:00 PM


    11 Oct Craft Series - Basket Weaving with Cattails

    Humans have been weaving baskets for as long as we’ve needed to store things—so basically forever.  Using the materials at hand is a longstanding basket weaving tradition!   Cattails are certainly something that is abundant at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Learn how to harvest, prepare, and use cattails to create useful, beautiful baskets! Call us at 1-877-243-9268 to register for this FREE workshop!

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


    13 Oct Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists - Nature's Bounty

    You’re invited to join the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists for an exciting opportunity to learn more about the natural world, participate in research opportunities, and enjoy hands on activities! Who can join? Anyone!  Programs will be geared towards adults, but interested teens are welcome to join in the fun as well! What’s going on? Once a month, CBN meets at the KWEC from 6-7 pm.  Each meeting covers a different nature topic, and may feature a guest speaker, a presentation from KWEC staff, or a special short film.  Every meeting will have at least one hands on activity, so don’t worry that you’ll be sitting around like a bump on a log! Alright, how much is it? CBN is FREE!  All you have to do is come to the meetings prepared to enjoy yourself! Nature's Bounty Just because we’re lucky enough to live in modern society doesn’t mean that nature has nothing to offer us!  From dyes to snacks to craft materials, learn what nature’s got up for grabs.  We’ll head outside for a gathering session, and then use our findings in a special craft!

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 6:00 PM


    10 Nov Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists - Survival of the Warmest

    You’re invited to join the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists for an exciting opportunity to learn more about the natural world, participate in research opportunities, and enjoy hands on activities! Who can join? Anyone!  Programs will be geared towards adults, but interested teens are welcome to join in the fun as well! What’s going on? Once a month, CBN meets at the KWEC from 6-7 pm.  Each meeting covers a different nature topic, and may feature a guest speaker, a presentation from KWEC staff, or a special short film.  Every meeting will have at least one hands on activity, so don’t worry that you’ll be sitting around like a bump on a log! Alright, how much is it? CBN is FREE!  All you have to do is come to the meetings prepared to enjoy yourself! Survival of the Warmest Brrrrr!  How do wild critters survive in the chilly Kansas winters?  They’ve got lots of strategies, so get ready for a fun evening of experiments and examples!

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 6:00 PM


    8 Dec Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists - That's a Rap(tor)!

    You’re invited to join the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists for an exciting opportunity to learn more about the natural world, participate in research opportunities, and enjoy hands on activities! Who can join? Anyone!  Programs will be geared towards adults, but interested teens are welcome to join in the fun as well! What’s going on? Once a month, CBN meets at the KWEC from 6-7 pm.  Each meeting covers a different nature topic, and may feature a guest speaker, a presentation from KWEC staff, or a special short film.  Every meeting will have at least one hands on activity, so don’t worry that you’ll be sitting around like a bump on a log! Alright, how much is it? CBN is FREE!  All you have to do is come to the meetings prepared to enjoy yourself! That's a Rap(tor)! Winter is one of the best times to spot birds of prey – hundreds of hawks, falcons, and eagles descend on Cheyenne Bottoms every year.  Learn what makes these birds special, how to identify them, and get up close and personal with the KWEC’s educational birds!

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 6:00 PM


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