Events

    11 May - 30 Jun 2015 Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt

    June is Get Outdoors Month. In celebration, you can get outdoors for a free nature photography scavenger hunt. Pick up an entry from, rules, and scavenger hunt list after May 11th at the Great Bend Recreation Commission (GBRC) or the Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC). The list will include 30 items including plants, animals, places, and outdoor activities from Cheyenne Bottoms or the Great Bend area that you must find and photograph. Submit your photos of at least 15 of the items on the list by the June 30th deadline, and you will be entered into a drawing for a prizes. Families are encouraged to complete the scavenger hunt together. Photos must be submitted to the GBRC or KWEC on a CD, flash drive, or printed (4x6). A blank CD will be provided to you if you need one.

    Rules:

    1. Have Fun!  Get outdoors!
    2. You can find (or do) most of the items in the scavenger hunt at Cheyenne Bottoms (located about 5 miles north of Great Bend), at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center (located 10 miles northeast of Great Bend along K-156 Highway), or in or near Great Bend.
    3. Be a good steward of the land.  Do not litter.  Do not purposely harm or harass any plants or animals.  Follow all safety rules.
    4. Follow all rules as they pertain to certain activities (e.g. Kansas fishing regulations)
    5. All items on the list can be completed on public property.  Do not trespass onto private property without permission.  Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area is a public access location.  However, there are refuge areas that are closed to human activity.  Be aware of refuge signs.
    6. Participants must photograph at least 15 of the 30 items on the list to be eligible for prize drawings.
    7. Entry forms and photos must be submitted to GBRC or KWEC by June 30.  Photos must be submitted on a flash drive, CD, or printed (4x6) by June 30.  Participants can pick up a blank CD at GBRC or KWEC if they need one.  Winners of prize drawings will be notified by July 11.
    8. The Great Bend Public Library (1409 Williams) can help you download photos from your camera.
     

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


    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


    6 Jun June Jaunt - Cheyenne Bottoms Van Tours

      Get your "fix" on K-96 with the 2015 June Jaunt event!  Lots of activities happening in each town from Ellinwood to Tribune.  Experience "Rural America" at its best! As part of Great Bend's June Jaunt activities, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will offer a van tour of Cheyenne Bottoms, a wetland of International Importance and the largest wetland on the interior of the U.S.  Participants will meet at Jack Kilby Square at 10:00am to load up on a van for the tour.  Space is limited; participants can reserve their seat on the tour by calling the KWEC at 877-243-9268.  Cost of the tour is $5.  Participants will return to Jack Kilby Square at noon.

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


    19 Jun - 20 Jun 2015 Quivira NWR - BioBlitz

    June 19-20, 2015.  Combining science, education, and fun!  General information: Bioblitz 2015 will be held from 5:00 pm Friday, June 19 through 4:00 pm Saturday, June 20. Bioblitz Headquarters will be the Environmental Education Classroom (EEC), located just south of NE 140th Street blacktop at 1313A NE 140th Avenue (near the Migrants Mile Trail). The Bioblitz Headquarters will serve as a central information center for programs and information, an indoor “Lab” for those researchers (such as plant scientists and entomologists) needing work-space for identifications. It will also have a “Scoreboard” for the species of plants and animals being found. It will also serve as the check-in and refreshment site for all Bioblitz staff. This event is free and designed for people of all ages. A note to the public: A Bioblitz is a 24-hour period where the public is invited to visit, watch, and/or assist with Bioblitz. There will be some scheduled activity (see below), but there is no specific time to visit. Simply drop in anytime during the event, and stay as long as you wish. There are many opportunities for you to help collect and/or survey, either with researchers or on your own. Partners: The following organizations will assist Quivira staff to make this event a success: Friends of Quivira, Fort Hays State University, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Sterling College Biology Department. Contact: For more information contact Quivira NWR 620-486-2393

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    Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Classroom, 1313A NE 140th Avenue, Stafford, KS
    Time: 5:00 PM


    14 Jul Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists - Butterflies are Free

    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! Butterflies are Free What’s better than watching dozens of butterflies frolicking through the prairie?  Getting out there and seeing them up close!  We’ll head out to the KWEC nature trail armed with butterfly nets to get an up close and personal look at our local butterfly species.  Bring your bug spray, as butterflies are not the only hungry insects outdoors at this time of year! You’ll also have the chance to sign up for the KWEC’s annual butterfly count!

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


    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


    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


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