Events

    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


    19 Sep Butterfly Festival

    Soar over to KWEC’s Butterfly festival All things “butterfly” will be the focus of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s 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. 19

    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.

    A successfully tagged monarch butterfly is ready to resume its journey south.


    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. Following the festival, the public is invited to attend a short reception recognizing Duane Shook’s generous donation to KWEC. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact KWEC 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


    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


    13 Dec Craft Series - Upcycled Plastic Jewelry

    If you’ve ever looked in your recycling bin and wondered if there’s anything better that you could do with all that plastic, this workshop is your answer!  We’ll take everyday recyclables and turn them into fantastic jewelry components.   From beads to pendants, you’ll learn all kinds of great ways to turn trash into treasures! 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