CANCELLED-KWEC Spring Break Science Drop-in


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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, KWEC will be closed to the public beginning March 17.  All KWEC programs are also cancelled through March 27.

Looking for something fun to do this Spring Break?  Make a trip to Fort Hays State University’s Kansas Wetlands Education Center.  Spend an hour or half a day!  During Spring Break for area schools, March 9-20, the KWEC will have special, free science activities each day for drop-in visitors of all ages.  No registration is required.  Drop-in activities will be available from 12-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

The KWEC is located 10 miles northeast of Great Bend along K-156 Highway at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Hours for the KWEC from March 9-20 are Monday through Saturday 9a.m to 5p.m and Sunday 1-5p.m.  Admission is free.  For more information visit wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu or call 877-243-9268.

Monday, March 9 & 16 – Sprout into spring by discovering all about seeds!  How can a tiny seed contain all the parts of a plant?  Let’s dissect seeds to see what’s inside.  Big or small, we’ll show you how to grow them all as you make a roll of garden veggie seed tape to take home.  Spruce up your next gift with a festive DIY plantable tag that will grow flowers!

Tuesday, March 10 & 17 – DNA is in all living things…even strawberries! Become a lab scientist by extracting, isolating, and even observing the DNA of a strawberry in minutes. It is an easy and fun experiment that can be performed with common household items.

Wednesday, March 11 & 18 – If you like scavenger hunts, Bingo, and nature this activity is for you! Come explore the outdoors and see if you can get 4 corners, 5 in a row, or if you know you’re a pro, try to get a blackout on your bingo card with natural finds around the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. If weather is not permitting, an indoor alternative will be planned.

Thursday, March 12 & 19, & Sunday, March 15 – Whether you are exploring light, electricity, motion, or sound, physics can be found everywhere. While we might not be able to answer the big questions for the world yet, we can observe the inner workings of the universe through experiments with many household items. These experiments and activities are not only fun, but provide a foundation for scientific exploration.

Friday, March 13 & 20 & Saturday, March 14– Learn how predatory birds use their eyes to catch prey! Why do owls, eagles, and hawks have eyes on the front of their head? Participate in a fun activity that lets you pretend you’re a bird trying to catch its next meal. Learn about the importance of stereoscopic vision.

Bonus KWEC WILD Activity – Monday, March 9 & 16 at 9:30 a.m. WILD club is for school-age kids wanting to explore nature and get outside. We are always looking for new families. Construct and paint a bird house gourd to attract a feathered friend to your backyard this spring. Registration is required for this program by calling KWC at 877-243-9268.

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