Events

16 Jul Impressive Pressed Flowers

 

Participants in the pressed flower class will create a card/picture similar to the one pictured and learn how to decorate candles with pressed flowers at KWEC on July 16.

Discover the many gifts your flower garden provides, during the Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s adult class series, “Gifts from the Garden” held throughout the summer months.

Create vintage pressed flower designs or modernize your design with new materials, as we roam KWEC’s garden and prairie to gather and press your own flowers, utilizing the tried-and-true method and a new, faster method. Create your own pressed flower card/picture, applying previously pressed flowers from the KWEC garden and learn how to add pressed flowers to candles. Register by July 10, for this free class, by calling KWEC.

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


22 Jul Butterfly Count

The little gray hairstreak butterfly, moves the little tails on its hind wings back and forth to distract predators.

From tiny hairstreaks to large swallowtails, all sizes of butterflies will be counted during the Cheyenne Bottoms annual butterfly quest, beginning at 9 a.m. on July 22 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

All that’s required for the count, is a pair of binoculars and keen eyes. KWEC will supply field guides and transportation. Participants will search fields and gardens in and around Cheyenne Bottoms by vehicle and foot, during this official North American Butterfly Association count.

The NABA Count is in its 43rd year and gathers information to track population trends. Organized like the Christmas Bird Count, much of the count is done from a vehicle, with maps and data sheets provided. Please preregister by July 20 by calling KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 to reserve a spot or for more information.

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


11 Aug Perseid Meteor Shower Party

 

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is hosting a viewing party for the Perseid Meteor Shower!  Join us at the KWEC at 9 pm on Friday, August 11th for a FREE fun filled family evening of crafts, games, snacks, and stargazing.  We’ll be partying no matter the weather, so don’t let a few clouds scare you and your family away!

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.

Everyone can enjoy s’mores roasted over a fire along with other refreshments while we watch the sky.

In addition to activities 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
Time: 9:00 PM


13 Aug Herbal vinegars

 

Participants taste edible flower creations, during last year’s “Gifts from the Garden” classes at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. This year’s classes include herbal vinegars, pressing flowers and the language of flowers.

Discover the many gifts your flower garden provides, from edible treats to decorative items, during the Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s adult class series, “Gifts from the Garden” held throughout the summer months.

During the herbal vinegar class, participants will taste and make their own herbal vinegars to take home. Learn the various properties and tastes of vinegars from cider to Champagne and the herbs used to add subtle flavors. Due to the expense of vinegars, there is a $10 fee for this class. Register by August 7, by calling KWEC.

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


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