Events

    1 Oct - 31 Dec 2014 A Shadow Over the Earth--Passenger Pigeon Exhibit

    The story of the passenger pigeon is unlike that of any other bird. With a likely population between 3 and 5 billion, it was the most abundant bird in North America and probably the world. Yet human exploitation drove this species to extinction over the course of a few decades.   2014 marks the centenary of this extraordinary extinction. The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will mark this anniversary and promote conservation of various species and habitats, strengthen the relationship between people and nature, and foster the sustainable use of natural resources through the showing of an exhibit called A Shadow Over the Earth.  The exhibit will add to the current Wetlands Exhibit Gallery and will be open to the public for viewing from October 1 through December 31. You can learn more about the passenger pigeon's story at http://passengerpigeon.org/index.html

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


    25 Jan The Waters of Kansas - Cheyenne Bottoms film screening

    The Kansas Natural Resource Council announces the screening of the first film in a series of short documentaries on water in Kansas. “The Waters of Kansas – Cheyenne Bottoms” will be screened at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in Great Bend on Sunday, January 25th at 2:00 pm. The films are meant to prompt discussion of Kansans’ relationship with water as the state struggles to deal with water quality and quantity issues. Following the film will be a public discussion of local water issues moderated by Robert Penner, Cheyenne Bottoms & Avian Programs Manager for the Nature Conservancy and KNRC Board Member. Light refreshments will be provided and casual discussions encouraged following the formal program. The Education Center is located at Cheyenne Bottoms, 592 NE K-156 Hwy 10 miles NE of Great Bend. Please visit the KNRC website, knrc.weebly.com, to see clips from the films. The Kansas Humanities Council provided major funding for the project.  “KHC Humanities grants support projects that connect people with ideas and engage Kansans with the humanities,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “This series of short films and public screenings in Burlington, Colby, and Great Bend invite Kansans to consider and discuss contemporary water issues.”  The Kansas Natural Resource Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote environmentally responsible practices and sustainable natural resource policies to ensure the quality and abundance of these resources for future generations of Kansans. For more information, visit www.knrc.weebly.com.  The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information, visit www.kansashumanities.org.

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


    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

    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.

    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