Events

    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


    14 Aug Perseids Meteor Shower Party

    The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is hosting it's third annual viewing party for the Perseid Meteor Shower!  Join us at the KWEC at 9 pm on Friday, August 14th for a FREE fun filled family evening of crafts, games, snacks, and stargazing. The Perseid Meteor Shower happens every year in the beginning of August when the earth passes through the trail of dust and debris left by the Swift-Tuttle comet.  It’s one of the most exciting meteor showers in the northern hemisphere, with over 50 meteors per hour at its peak!  This meteor shower got its name because the meteors appear to come from the constellation Perseus. Kids will have a blast playing “Moon Twister,” creating their own meteors, and acting out the story of Perseus the Greek hero.  Everyone can enjoy s’mores roasted over a fire along with other refreshments while we watch the sky. In addition to games and crafts, we will have the FHSU Science and Mathematics Education Institute’s inflatable planetarium for guaranteed star viewing! Activities will begin at 9 pm, and run until it’s dark enough to see the meteor shower.  Please call the KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 for more information about this fun, FREE, family event!  Bring a lawn chair or blanket for more comfortable stargazing.

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


    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