Events

    7 Mar Making Tracks Winter Kids program

    Take a trip with some of Cheyenne Bottoms' animals by following their tracks. Find out how to identify animals by their tracks and make a plaster cast. Come prepared to go outside. The program is designed for children ages 6 through 12 and is offered free of charge. Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline is March 4, with a maximum of 20 children accepted. To register or for more information, call 1-877-243-9268. Donations for supplies are always appreciated.

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


    8 Mar FrogWatch Volunteer Training

    With spring just around the corner, the fourth season for Cheyenne Bottoms FrogWatch Chapter is starting and volunteers are needed to help monitor our frogs and toads. If you love all things amphibian, or just like the idea of being out-of-doors at twilight or after, this program is for you. A 2-hour training session will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., on March 8, at KWEC. Light refreshments will be served. You can sign up to help monitor the Cheyenne Bottoms site or a site near where you live. FrogWatch USA is a long-term volunteer monitoring program of frogs and toads.  During training, participants learn the eight local frog and toad species’ calls, data collection techniques and all things amphibian. Monitoring takes place at the Cheyenne Bottoms location for three minutes, twice a week during one month, which the participant chooses from April through August. It’s that simple.

    Cheyenne Bottoms FrogWatch Chapter members found a new species for our area in 2013, the Great Plains narrowmouth toad. This little narrowmouth toad was found in the Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s parking lot.

    A volunteer-driven program, participants log in and send their reports to the national center, operated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. KWEC staff provide training and assistance. Each volunteer will receive a FrogWatch kit that includes a frog and toad call CD, data sheets, clipboard, thermometer and flashlight. The 2014 season started out dry, but June rains brought forth a spectacular chorus, lasting through August. So make the leap and sign up for a fun program - by calling KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 to register.

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 3:00 PM


    10 Mar Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists - Hear the Lively Songs

    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! Hear the Lively Songs Hear the lively songs of the frogs in yonder pond!  Cheyenne Bottoms is a froggy paradise!  Learn about the local amphibians, how to identify them, and what the KWEC is doing to help support frog and toad research.  You can sign up for a field trip later in the year to help out with our annual Frog Watch.

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


    29 Mar Craft Series - Recycled Rugs

    Anybody who’s cleaned out a closet has wondered what the heck to do with all those t-shirts — Well here’s an idea!  Learn to create soft, durable rugs for your home with old, unsalvageable t-shirts.   All it takes is some simple braiding skills, and you can even do it without sewing a stitch! Call us at 1-877-243-9268 to register for this FREE craft program!

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


    14 Apr Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists - Behave Yourself!

    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! Behave Yourself! The world is full of so many fascinating animal behaviors, we could spend weeks talking about them!  We’ll get in the mood for spring by focusing on some of the most interesting ways our local critters find love, food, and safety.  Be prepared to move and laugh, because we’ll be demonstrating a few behaviors ourselves!

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


    24 Apr - 25 Apr 2015 Wings 'N' Wetlands Birding Festival

    Check out additional information about the Wings 'N' Wetlands Birding Festival here.

    The Kansas Wetlands Education Center, along with Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism, The Nature Conservancy, and the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau, hosts this 2-day birding festival every other year on odd numbered years.  The next WNW Festival is scheduled for April 24-25, 2015!   The Wings N Wetlands Festival offers participants a unique opportunity to bird two of the best birding spots in the region, Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, as well as other area hot spots. Beyond the great birding, the weekend festivities also include fun workshops, relaxing socials, and opportunities to experience area attractions along the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway. Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge are two Wetlands of International Importance, and provide thousands of birds a stopover along their North and South migration routes. The festival dates coincide with the historical peak of shorebird migration, and is sure to provide some excellent viewing of well over 150 species of birds. Paid registration for the festival includes three or four guided birding fieldtrips with transportation, workshops and seminars, breakfast, 2 dinners, and snacks. Events take place at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms and the Best Western Courtyard in Great Bend. For more information and registration details, click here, or contact the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at 1-877-243-9268.

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


    12 May Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists - Marsh Madness

    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! Marsh Madness Just what lurks out in the wild marshes of Cheyenne Bottoms?  Will you find tadpoles?  Bugs?  Crawfish?  Find out!  We’ll be spending the whole meeting outside, exploring the KWEC pond!  Have your kids told you how much fun they’ve had on their school field trips to the KWEC?  Now is your chance to experience our most popular activity for yourself!  Wear something you don’t mind getting muddy, messy fun is the best fun!

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


    30 May Photography Workshop with Jim Griggs

    Workshop Presenter Jim Griggs. Photo by Linda Hanley

    Saturday May 30, 2015 the Kansas Wetlands Education Center along with the Central Kansas Photography Club will sponsor a day-long photography workshop. The workshop will feature Jim Griggs, photographer and founding father of the Great Plains Nature Photographers. The workshop runs from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Fee for the workshop is $49.00 which includes lunch. Griggs will cover basic photography topics such as: Composition, Rules to Keep, Rules to Break, Basic Principles of Depth, Understanding What Your Meter is Telling You, Lens and Perspective Control, Field Shooting. He will also discuss his specific software choices for editing photographs.  Jim Grigg’s photography has been used by National Geographic, Africa Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, The Sierra Club, Wyoming Wildlife, Shutterbug, Footprints, Plastics Engineering, 2Njoy Magazine, National Kart News, Backroads of Colorado, Extreme Golf, newspapers, websites, museum and visitor center displays and others too numerous to mention.  In addition, he leads Photography Trips for Mondo Verde Expeditions to places such as Tanzania and Peru.
    Download the Workshop Registration Form here.

    Photo by Jim Griggs

    Photo by Jim Griggs

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


    7 Jun Craft Series - Cold Process Soap Making

    Cold process soap making allows you to create your own homemade soap.  Making your own cleaning products lets you control exactly what goes into them!  Perfect for anyone with allergies or sensitivities to commercial soaps, or who is simply concerned about knowing where their products come from.  This workshop is for adults, since all soap making requires some caustic chemicals.   Register quickly, this is one of our most requested workshops! 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


    9 Jun Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists - Wild for Flowers

    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! Wild for Flowers The prairies of Kansas are full of fascinating plants, and who doesn’t love a beautiful flower?  Head out to the KWEC nature trail to check out what’s in bloom, and then get hands on with preserving flowers for your home decor!

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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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