26 Mar Craft Workshop - Paper Making


Paper making is an ancient art, going back over 2,000 years!  Join us and learn the principles of paper making and how to add a creative touch with natural materials.  You’ll take home your own paper, perfect for special letters, scrapbooking, or other crafts!

Join us at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Sunday, March 26th at 2 pm for this FREE workshop.  All materials will be provided.  Registration is required, so 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
Time: 2:00 PM

1 Apr - 22 Apr 2017 Greater Prairie-Chicken Lek Tours

Two male Greater Prairie Chickens fight on the lek grounds to establish dominance.

2017 Greater Prairie-Chicken Lek Tour Dates

  • Sat, April 1 (meet at 5:45am)
  • Tues, April 4 (meet at 5:45am)
  •  Fri, April 7 (meet at 5:30am)
  •  Sat, April 8 (meet at 5:30am)
  •  Sun, April 9 (meet at 5:30am)
  • Tues, April 11 (meet at 5:30am)
  •  Thur, April 13 (meet at 5:30am)
  •  Thur, April 20 (meet at 5:20am)
  •  Sat, April 22 (meet at 5:20am)-Currently Full, taking waitlist

Just before the sun rises over the vast grasslands each Spring, while most people are still snug in their beds, Prairie-Chickens are busy putting on a show that is critical to their survival.  Male Prairie-Chickens strut around on communal mating grounds known as “leks,” where they fight, call, and dance to win the affection of females.  Only the best males are chosen to mate.  On a still morning on the prairie, their call, called a boom, can be heard over a mile away.  It is one of the most fascinating and unique natural phenomenon people can watch.  Lek tours draw people from around the world each year to the Great Plains.

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms, invites you to come and witness this wonderful show during a Greater Prairie-Chicken Lek Tour.  Staff will drive you to a local Greater Prairie-Chicken lek, where there is a trailer blind sitting.  From the blind, you will be able to observe the Prairie-Chickens on the lek, and the guide will be there to tell you all about these interesting birds and the incredible spectacle. 

Fieldtrips will be available to the public on select days throughout the month of April by reservation only.  Tours are not available all days; a schedule of tour dates is listed above.  Reservations must be made at least two days prior to the field trip.  Seating is limited to 6 people and is limited to ages 12 and older.  Participants will meet and leave from the KWEC by 5:20-5:45am depending on the time of sunrise.  Transportation to the lek will be provided.  Participants should plan on being in the blind for at least 3 hours with no facilities available.  Cost is $25 per person.  Please call the KWEC at 877-243-9268 to register and receive more information.

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Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend
Time: 5:30 AM

2 Apr Fairy Garden Class


A terraced fairy garden was one of the unique gardens created at last year’s KWEC fairy garden class.

Where do fairies live? At your house in the fairy garden you’ll create for them, during the Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s fairy garden class.

This class is designed for adults, who may bring children or grandchildren who are at least 8 years old to help with the creative process. It is small, intricate work, so please bear that in mind when bringing children.

  Due to the need to order plants two weeks ahead, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY MARCH 17, by calling 1-877-243-9268. The maximum class size is 15. There is a $10 fee for this class.

We’ll use items from nature to create a fairy house from a small gourd, a maple seed dragonfly, moss- or stone- lined paths and more. The only limit is your imagination. We supply the gourds, plants, moss, soil, ceramic mushroom and other items and you supply the container, which can range from regular floral containers to antiques, such as enamelware bowls and pots. The containers should be at least 12 inches wide, but no larger than 18 inches wide. You may also chose between woodland plants (indoor) and succulents (indoor/outdoor). Bring other items you’d like to add too!

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

28 Apr - 29 Apr 2017 Wings 'N' Wetlands Birding Festival

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center, along with Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism, The Nature Conservancy, City of Great Bend, and the Kansas Birding Festival, Inc., hosts this 2-day birding festival every other year on odd numbered years. This year’s festival will be held April 28-29, 2017 in Great Bend, KS.

For more information check out the Wings ‘N’ Wetlands Festival page.


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Location: Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard, 2920 10th St., Great Bend
Time: 12:30 PM

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