Events

    7 Feb Fabulous Feathers Winter kids program

    Take an up close look at feathers, from colors to function, discovering what makes feathers special and making a feather star. The winter programs are designed for children ages 6-12, and are offered at no charge. Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline is Feb. 4. To register and 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


    14 Feb "Love" Birds Winter Kids program

    Make an edible birdhouse feeder birds will love and participate in the national Backyard Bird Count, after learning about our winter birds and how to recognize them. 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 Feb. 11, 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


    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


    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 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


    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