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28 Apr - 29 Apr 2017 Wings 'N' Wetlands Birding Festival

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center, along with Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism, The Nature Conservancy, City of Great Bend, and the Kansas Birding Festival, Inc., hosts this 2-day birding festival every other year on odd numbered years. This year’s festival will be held April 28-29, 2017 in Great Bend, KS.

For more information check out the Wings ‘N’ Wetlands Festival page.


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Location: Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard, 2920 10th St., Great Bend
Time: 12:30 PM

20 May CKPC's A Digital Photography Seminar with Craig McCord

Make plans now to join the Central Kansas Photography Club at the KWEC on Saturday, May 20 for a day-long, digital photography seminar, featuring Craig McCord.  McCord concentrates on fine art landscape photography with a fondness for wide angle perspective.  This seminar will highlight techniques for capturing landscape photographs, incorporating strong foreground elements, and adding measures of depth. The photography workshop runs from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

Registration is $49 before May 4, and includes lunch. Contact CKPC Member, Connie Dyer 620-617-7391 or the KWEC 877-243-9268 for more information about registration.

Download a Registration Form here.

Craig McCord, originally from Jacksonville, Florida, concentrates on fine art landscape photography.  His interest in photography started in the early 1970’s after acquiring a used Petri 35mm camera and gaining access to a dark room while serving in the Air Force. Craig quickly developed an ever increasing passion for photography as a means of creative expression. Over the years he has developed his artistic skills using 35mm, 645 and 6×7 medium format, and 4×5 large format media, before making his transition to digital capture in 2006.

Largely self-taught, McCord was influenced by black and white photography icons Ansel Adams, and John Sexton, and the color greats Elliot Porter and David Muench. Their influence molded his artistic eye and approach to subject matter. McCord’s style evolved showing a fondness for wide angle perspectives.  He often incorporates strong foreground elements to add a measure of depth, drawing the viewer into the image.  While having a certain fondness for landscapes of the west and northwest, he believes the United States overall is blessed with some of the most diverse and beautiful landscape in the world.

Currently, residing in Bates City, Missouri, McCord focuses entirely on his fine art work and instructing other photographers in pursuit of their passion.  Selections of his work reside in collections in a number of states and throughout Missouri.  His images of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways were selected by the National Park Service to help highlight their celebration of the Park System’s centennial celebration in 2016.

Craig currently hosts workshops in Missouri and Kansas, as well as several in the Northwest, including the Oregon coast and the Grand Tetons in Wyoming.


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

4 Jun Craft Workshop - Origami

The Japanese art of Origami is simple in theory—fold paper to create new and interesting shapes.  The possibilities, however, are endless! We’ll learn the basics of Origami while creating a parade of paper plants and animals!

Join us at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Sunday, June 4th at 2 pm for this FREE workshop.  All materials will be provided.  Registration is required, so 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
Time: 2:00 PM

16 Sep Butterfly Festival

KWEC’s Butterfly Festival will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017!

Check out the Butterfly Festival page for additional information!

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