Events

    1 Apr - 30 Apr 2014 Greater Prairie Chicken Lek Tours

    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, sing, and dance to win the affections of the females.  Only the best males will get to mate.  On a still morning on the prairie, their song, called a boom, can be heard over a mile away.  It is one of the most comical 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, 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156 Highway, invites you to come and witness this wonderful show.  Staff will drive you to a local Greater Prairie-chicken lek.  While you peer out upon the lek from a comfortable trailer blind, a guide will be there to tell you all about this incredible spectacle.  Fieldtrips will be available to the public from April 1 to April 30 by reservation only.  Tours are not available all days.  A list of days tours are being offered is below.  Call to check availability.  Reservations must be made at least 2 days prior to the field trip.  Participants will meet at the KWEC at 5:20-5:45am depending on the time of sunrise.  Transportation to the lek will be provided.  Space is limited to 7 people and is limited to ages 12 and older.  Participants should plan on being in the blind for at least 3 hours.  Cost is $25 per person.  Please call the KWEC at 877-243-9268 to register and receive more information.

    Lek Tour Dates (Please call to check availability):

    • Tuesday, April 1 (meet at KWEC at 5:45am)
    • Wednesday, April 2 (meet at KWEC at 5:45am)
    • Saturday, April 5 (meet at KWEC at 5:45am)
    • Tuesday, April 8 (meet at KWEC at 5:45am)
    • Saturday, April 12 (meet at KWEC at 5:30am)
    • Tuesday, April 15 (meet at KWEC at 5:30am)
    • Friday, April 18 (meet at KWEC at 5:30am)
    • Tuesday, April 22 (meet at KWEC at 5:20am)
    • Sunday, April 27 (meet at KWEC at 5:20am)

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 5:45 AM


    26 Apr Wild Goose Chase 5k/3k Fun Run

    Get your running shoes ready for the fastest, flattest 5k/3k race in Kansas.  The second annual Wild Goose Chase 5k/3k Fun Run at Cheyenne Bottoms will be sure to give you your race legs for the season.  The race will take runners through Cheyenne Bottoms and end near the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. 

    When:

    Saturday, April 26, 2014 7:30am Registration/Check-in 9:00am Race begins

    Entry Fee:

    $25 ($35 after April 22) for ages 18 and older $15 ($25 after April 22) for ages under 18

    For more information and to register, click here.

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


    27 Apr Earth Day at Brit Spaugh Zoo

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 12:00 PM


    17 May Nature Photography Workshops

    The Central Kansas Photography Club and Kansas Wetlands Education Center presents A Digital Photography Seminar by Steve Traudt on Saturday, May 17  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the KWEC. 

    Photography Programs for Everyone

    Goodbye Auto...
    Take your camera out of the Auto mode at last!  Let Steve demystify those always tricky f-stops and shutter speeds.  Take creative control of depth of field.  Use shutter to stop motion or let it blur.  Understanding these basics is necessary to mastering your camera.
    Composition
    Photographers often struggle with composition and yet it is the whole foundation of your image.  To see how visual organization works, Steve goes beyond the cliché "rules" and shares ideas about visual weight, harmony, balance, drama, lines and more.
    Floral Fantasy
    Celebrate the drama of not just flowers, but other objects too.  We examine many techniques for producing amazing results.  Some are done in-camera; others use a bit of Photoshop.  Techniques include:  soft glows, stained glass backgrounds, glass block, dream montage, mirror flip, sandwiches, water drop lens effects and more.
    Using Flash Creatively
    Embrace the magic of fill-flash and bounce techniques to make your images sparkle.  Easy to do but big rewards.
    The Bottom Line
    A lively, fast-paced discussion of tips and techniques that lead to stronger photographs as well as controlling the technical aspects for higher quality. Pre-register by Thursday, May 1 for $49 and receive lunch!  Seating is limited. You may register at the door, but lunch will be on your own. Registration is $49 per person; $39 per student. Watch for news about an upcoming drawing ($5.00 per chance) to win a smoker/grill.
    Download the registration form:: CKPC Workshop Registration Form
    Send registration form and payment to Karole Erikson, 3626 22nd St., Great Bend, KS 67530
    For questions, contact:
    Dan Soeken, Central Kansas Photography Club Vice-President 620-786-6799 Karole Erikson, CKPC Treasurer 620-617-5620 Jay Miller, CKPC Secretary 620-617-0116 More information about Steve Traudt can be found at http://www.synvis.com.

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


    7 Jun June Jaunt--Cheyenne Bottoms Van Tours

    Get your "fix" on K-96 with the 2014 June Jaunt event!  Lots of activities happening in each town from Ellinwood to Tribune.  Experience "Rural America" at its best! As part of Great Bend's June Jaunt activities, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will offer a van tour of Cheyenne Bottoms, a wetland of International Importance and the largest wetland on the interior of the U.S.  Participants will meet at Jack Kilby Square at 10:00am to load up on a van for the tour.  Space is limited; participants can reserve their seat on the tour by calling the KWEC at 877-243-9268.  Cost of the tour is $5.  Participants will return to Jack Kilby Square at noon.

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    Location: Jack Kilby Square, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 10:00 AM


    8 Jun Paper Bead Workshop

    Humans have been creating beads for thousands of years, and we’ve made them from any material we can get our hands on!  Shells, wood, glass, metal, clay, you name it, someone’s made a bead from it.  In this workshop, we’ll make a variety of beads from recycled paper for you to take home and use.  Great for anyone ages 13 and up! This FREE craft workshop will be part of the Great Bend June Jaunt!

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


    19 Oct Colors of Nature: A Natural Dyeing Workshop

    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. We will do one dyepot from start to finish, and all workshop participants will leave with samples of our creations. No previous dyeing experience necessary! Call the KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 to register! Class space: 15 students. Ages: 16+. Cost: FREE

    Humans have been creating beads for thousands of years, and we’ve made them from any material we can get our hands on! Shells, wood, glass, metal, clay, you name it, someone’s made a bead from it. In this workshop, we’ll make a variety of beads from recycled paper for you to take home and use. Call the KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 to register! Class space: 15 students. Ages: 13+. Cost: FREE