Events

    25 Sep Craft Series: Natural Dyeing

    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.  No previous dyeing experience necessary! Give us a call today at 1-877-243-9268 to register for this fun, FREE craft workshop!

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


    8 Oct Hunter Appreciation Day and Free Breakfast

    Duck hunting season begins on Saturday, October 8 for the Cheyenne Bottoms area.  Typically, around 300 hunters from across the United States flock to the marsh for the weekend hunt.  For the fourth year, hunters are invited to stop by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center after their hunt from 8 to 11am for free breakfast, coffee, and juice.  Biscuits and gravy will be served.  The free breakfast is sponsored by Great Bend Regional Hospital.  After filling up on good eats, hunters can learn about Cheyenne Bottoms’s history at the education center, peruse through items in the Cheyenne Bottoms Ducks Unlimited Chapter raffle and silent auction, visit waterfowl identification and hunting information booths, as well as share your hunting stories with fellow hunters. Hunters can also get their waterfowl boats inspected for safety for free by KS Wildlife Parks & Tourism Boater Education staff.  The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is located at the southeast corner of Cheyenne Bottoms along K-156 Highway.  For questions about the breakfast, call the KWEC at 877-243-9268.

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 8:00 AM


    3 Dec KWEC Holiday Open House

    Join the staff of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in celebrating the Christmas season with a Holiday Open House from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 3. While the kids decorate gingerbread birdhouses and make a bird feeder, adults can take advantage of specials in the gift shop, enter a contest for a $50 gift certificate and view/purchase original pen and ink drawings by local artist and bird authority Robert Penner. Hum along to holiday music selections and graze on Christmas cookies, breads and warm beverages. There is no charge for the activities. Find KWEC's Christmas goose and earn the opportunity to win a $50 gift certificate to KWEC's gift store. He'll be hiding somewhere within the Center. Gift store shoppers may also purchase one item at 40 percent off, excluding consignment items. Robert Penner, The Nature Conservancy avian programs manager at Cheyenne Bottoms, will sign copies of his book "The Birds of Cheyenne Bottoms" and display original pen and ink bird drawings. Penner strives to capture the detail in his subject's feathers and form. Preregistration is required for the gingerbread birdhouse activity, with a limited number of seats available. The registration deadline is Dec. 1. No registration is required for any other activities. To register and for more information call 877-243-9268 or visit wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu

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


    10 Dec Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists - Winter Wonderlands

    Just how do the critters of Cheyenne Bottoms survive winter’s chill?  Head to the KWEC to find out!  From insects to mammals to birds to reptiles, learn the secrets of surviving the cold.  Most activities will take place indoors, though you’re welcome to come dressed for the weather and enjoy a walk through the winter wonderland of our nature trail! No registration is required for this fun, FREE event!  Got questions?  Give us a call at 1-877-243-9268.

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


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