Events

    7 Feb Postponed - FOCB Winter Program: Destination: Galapogos Islands program by Bob Gress

    This event has been postponed - please keep an eye on this space for more information about rescheduling! From blue-footed boobies and penguins to other-worldly vistas and ancient volcanoes, award-winning photographer Bob Gress captured it all during a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s foremost wildlife-viewing destinations. Gress will share his photographs and impressions during a presentation for the Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms winter program, 3 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Come and learn more about the FOCB. Join FOCB that day and you will be entered in a drawing to win the coffee table book, “Birds of Kansas”. Current FOCB members bringing a new member are also eligible for the drawing. The large-format book, highlighted with professional-quality color photographs and maps, depicts 473 bird species documented in Kansas. FOCB will provide light savories and a dessert bar, with time for visiting. Gress, the former director of the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, is the editor for the GPNC pocket guide series. Over 4000 of his photos have appeared in publications, ranging from major nature magazines to more than 50 books. He has coauthored: : “Birds of Kansas”, “The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots” and “Faces of the Great Plains: Prairie Wildlife” and was a major contributor of photos to “The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals” and “The Guide to Colorado Mammals”. A photograph of a koala mother and baby he shot on a recent trip to Australia was recently included as a “Highly Honored” photograph in the international “Nature’s Best Photo Award” and is on display at the Smithsonian Museum.

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 3:00 PM


    13 Feb Celebrate Birds! Winter Kids' Program

    Children work on painting their gourd birdhouses in a previous class.Make a gourd bird house for your backyard, and participate in the national Backyard Bird Count, after learning about our winter birds and how to recognize them. Binoculars will be provided. Designed for children ages 6 through 12, one-hour programs will be offered at no charge from 10-11 a.m.  Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline is  Feb. 10. To register for classes, or for more information, call 620-566-1456 or 1-877-243-9268. Although there is no program charge, donations for supplies are always appreciated. Don't delay, as the class size maximum is 20 children.

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


    20 Feb Masters of the Night Sky - Winter Kids' program

    Children in a previous class, work on their owl pellet dissection charts.

    Who hunts soundlessly throughout the night, striking terror in little rodent hearts? Owls of course! Learn more about these masters of the night skies, with special appearances by live owls. Participants will also dissect an owl pellet, make a bone chart and a simple owl craft. Note: this program is from 10-11:30 a.m. Designed for children ages 6 through 12, one-hour programs will be offered at no charge from 10-11 a.m.  Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline is Feb. 17. To register for classes, or for more information, call 620-566-1456 or 1-877-243-9268. Although there is no program charge, donations for supplies are always appreciated. Don't delay in signing up, as their is a maximum class size of 20.

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


    19 Mar Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists: Spring Break in the Wild

    Tired of trying to keep the family entertained through Spring Break, and there's still two more days until the kids go back to school?  Bring the whole family out to the KWEC for a fun morning of activities and learning.  How do wild critters get ready for spring?  Where have the birds been all winter?  Can you spot the signs of spring on our nature trail? Answer these questions and more while enjoying some springtime refreshments and quality time at Cheyenne Bottoms. 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


    20 Mar Craft Series: Twig Monograms

    Mother nature supplies the best craft materials!  Learn to use simple twigs to create a beautiful piece of personalized wall art for your home.  We’ll also learn other methods to use twigs to make fun home accessories. 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


    2 Apr - 26 Apr 2016 Greater Prairie Chicken Lek Tours

    Just before the sun rises over the vast grasslands each Spring, while most people are still snug in their beds, Prairie-Chickens are busy putting on a show that is critical to their survival.  Male Prairie-Chickens strut around on communal mating grounds known as “leks,” where they fight, call, and dance to win the affection of females.  Only the best males are chosen to mate.  On a still morning on the prairie, their call, called a boom, can be heard over a mile away.  It is one of the most fascinating and unique natural phenomenon people can watch.  Lek tours draw people from around the world each year to the Great Plains. The Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms, 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156 Highway, invites you to come and witness this wonderful show during a Greater Prairie-Chicken Lek Tour.  Staff will drive you to a local Greater Prairie-Chicken lek, where there is a trailer blind sitting.  From the blind, you will be able to observe the Prairie-Chickens on the lek, and the guide will be there to tell you all about these interesting birds and the incredible spectacle.  Fieldtrips will be available to the public on select days throughout the month of April by reservation only.  Tours are not available all days; a schedule of tour dates is listed below.  Reservations must be made at least two days prior to the field trip.  Seating is limited to 6 people and is limited to ages 12 and older.  Participants will meet and leave from the KWEC by 5:20-5:45am depending on the time of sunrise.  Transportation to the lek will be provided.  Participants should plan on being in the blind for at least 3 hours with no facilities available.  Cost is $25 per person.  Please call the KWEC at 877-243-9268 to register and receive more information.

    Lek Tour Dates (Please call to check availability):

    • Saturday, April 2 (meet at KWEC at 5:45am)
    • Tuesday, April 5 (meet at KWEC at 5:45am)
    • Saturday, April 9 (meet at KWEC at 5:30am)
    • Monday, April 11 (meet at KWEC at 5:30am)
    • Friday, April 15 (meet at KWEC at 5:30am)
    • Saturday, April 16 (meet at KWEC at 5:30am)
    • Monday, April 18 (meet at KWEC at 5:20am)
    • Tuesday, April 26 (meet at KWEC at 5:20am)

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 5:30 AM


    23 Apr Wild Goose Chase 3k/5k Fun Run

    Wild Goose Chase 5k/3k Fun Run

    Get your running shoes ready for the fastest, flattest 5k/3k race in Kansas.  The race takes runners through Cheyenne Bottoms and ends near the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. 

    When:

    Saturday, April 23, 2016 7:30am Registration/Check-in 9:00am Race begins

    Entry Fee:

    **Official Registration Materials will be available later

    $25  for ages 18 and older $15 for ages under 18 Check back later for Registration Materials for the 2016 Wild Goose Chase

    Race Route:

    Registration/check-in will be at the KS Wetlands Education Center (592 NE K-156 Hwy). Race will begin at interior of Cheyenne Bottoms and will follow dike roads back toward the KWEC. Race will finish at the KDOT rest area along K-156 Hwy. Transportation to the race starting line will be provided.

    Awards:

    Awards will be given to the top two male and female finishers in the following age categories:  5k
  • -Under 18
  • -18-25
  • -25-35
  • -36-45
  • -Over 453k
  • -10 and under
  • -11-17
  • -Over 18
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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 9:00 AM


    30 Apr The Great Migration Rally

    Every other year, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center celebrates spring migration with The Great Migration Rally.  The next Great Migration Rally event is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016.  Please check back soon or call the KWEC for more details about this year’s event!  “It’s an event modified from one of our activities that features migration,” said Curtis Wolf, KWEC manager. “The concept is to provide information about the hazards birds face during migration with a fun and entertaining approach.” Participants start off by drawing a “bird” card, worth so many points. The rarer the species, the more points it is worth. “Each bird is a species that migrates through Cheyenne Bottoms,” Wolf said. After beginning their “migration”, driving through Cheyenne Bottoms, participants stop at three different points, picking up situational cards that describe a positive or negative circumstance. The positive cards, such as finding a good food source, add points. The negative cards, such as losing a wetland to development, subtract points. At the migration destination, Barton Community College’s Camp Aldrich, the migrants choose one last card, points are tabulated and those with the highest points win prizes (see photos below). Many of the prizes encourage outdoor activities – such as tents, fishing poles, and binoculars. In addition several area businesses donate gift certificates and area artists donate pieces. A separate educational activity dealing with bird identification, historical happenings at Cheyenne Bottoms, re-enactors, or games occurs at each stop. The migration activity is one of many during the event.  Additionally, falconer Nate Mathews will give a program with his golden eagle, Isaiah. Mathews, currently the only falconer in Kansas hunting with an eagle, will share the remarkable story of Isaiah’s capture, training, loss and recovery along with other information about eagles and other raptors at Camp Aldrich. Several activities take place at KWEC before the migration portion of the event takes place. There are also crafts for kids and adults and other activities will be available.

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


    21 May Photography Workshop with Boyd Norton

    Saturday May 21, 2016 the Kansas Wetlands Education Center along with the Central Kansas Photography Club will sponsor a day-long photography workshop. The workshop will feature Boyd Norton, renowned photographer and founder and co-director of Serengeti Watch, a 501(c)3 non-profit for saving the Serengeti ecosystem. The workshop runs from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. SEMINAR TOPICS INCLUDE:

    • Picture Dynamics and Composition
    • Light
    • Lenses and Perspective
    • Creativity
    • Conservation Photography: You Can Make a Difference
    • Copyright: Why it Matters
    • How not to Become a Professional Photographer
    2016 Photography Workshop - May 21, 2016
    Download the Registration Form here: CKPC 2016 Registration-Boyd Norton
    Photographer and author Boyd Norton has been chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Sierra Club's prestigious Ansel Adams award for his use of "superlative photography" for conservation causes over a lifetime. His work in protecting wildlife and wilderness has spanned the globe. Norton is the photographer and author of 16 books, ranging in topics from African elephants to mountain gorillas, and from Siberia's Lake Baikal to the Serengeti ecosystem. His recent award-winning book, SERENGETI: THE ETERNAL BEGINNING, won high praise from Jane Goodall and Richard Engel of NBC News, among many others. His next book, CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY: THE ART OF SAVING OUR PLANET ONE PHOTOGRAPH AT A TIME, is due for publication in early 2016. He is at work on three more books. Throughout his nearly 50 years of photography and writing and environmental activism he has played a key role in the establishment of several wilderness areas in the Rocky Mountains, new national parks in Alaska, and in the designation of Siberia's Lake Baikal as a World Heritage Site.   Learn more about Boyd Norton at www.wildernessphotography.com.

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


    5 Jun Craft Series: Nature Prints

    Bring nature indoors with this unique project.  Choose your own natural objects and colors to create a one of a kind art piece for your home.  We’ll collect our own materials on the KWEC nature trail, and you’ll go home with ready to hang art! 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


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