13 Sep Butterfly Festival

    The Kansas Wetlands Education Center celebrates the annual Monarch butterfly fall migration with a butterfly festival, where participants immerse themselves in all things butterfly and have the opportunity to capture and tag monarch butterflies. At the free event, crafts and activities for kids are planned in addition to an insect zoo and door prizes. Light refreshments will be served. ather information on how to attract butterflies to your yard, view some of the foliage and flowering plants in the KWEC wildflower/butterfly garden and take home a free milkweed plant. Participants will receive information about the tagging process before heading out with a tagging leader to search for Monarch butterflies in the sunflower filled fields surrounding the center. Tags and nets will be provided, along with instruction on how to tag and record data about captured monarchs. The tagging project is an ongoing research project through the University of Kansas Monarch Watch. In past years, Monarch butterflies have been recovered at overwintering sites in Central Mexico about 1,125 miles away.

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

    19 Oct Colors of Nature: A Natural Dyeing Workshop

    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. We will do one dyepot from start to finish, and all workshop participants will leave with samples of our creations. No previous dyeing experience necessary! Call the KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 to register! Class space: 15 students. Ages: 16+. Cost: FREE

    Humans have been creating beads for thousands of years, and we’ve made them from any material we can get our hands on! Shells, wood, glass, metal, clay, you name it, someone’s made a bead from it. In this workshop, we’ll make a variety of beads from recycled paper for you to take home and use. Call the KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 to register! Class space: 15 students. Ages: 13+. Cost: FREE