Spring Break at Cheyenne Bottoms

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, the KWEC will have special, free programs and activities each day for visitors of all ages.

Hours for the KWEC over Spring Break 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.

Programs and dates for special activities are listed below:

Saturday, March 18th – “Marsh Madness” 9 am to 5 pm.  Come explore the amazing variety of creatures that lurk under the water at Cheyenne Bottoms!  FHSU graduate student Kaden Buer will take you out into the KWEC pond to capture and learn about our tiniest marsh residents: aquatic invertebrates.  These little guys are a surprisingly important piece of the Cheyenne Bottoms ecosystem!  This is a come-and-go event throughout the day, rubber boots are provided, be prepared to get muddy!

Sunday, March 19th – “Kid’s Fun and Games” 1 pm to 5 pm.  Ever wonder how children in pioneer days entertained themselves?  Bring the kids to learn what toys pioneer kids played with, the games they enjoyed, and just how lucky today’s kids are!  This is a come-and-go event throughout the day.

Monday, March 20th – “Wild Fashion Show” 9 am to 5 pm.  Wild creatures showcase a huge variety of shapes, sizes, and colors!  Learn about fur, feathers, scales, and skin in this up close and personal program.  There will be lots to see and touch!  This is a come-and-go event throughout the day.

Tuesday, March 21st – “Fire! Fire!” 9 am to 5 pm.  Fire is a vital part of many ecosystems – while wildfires can be dangerous, controlled burns are an important tool in a land manager’s toolbox!  FHSU graduate student Justin Roemer will guide you through the steps of a controlled burn, show off the tools that make it possible, and the protective equipment that keeps everyone safe. This is a come-and-go event throughout the day.

Wednesday, March 22nd – “Marsh Madness, Take Two” 9 am to 5 pm.  If you couldn’t get here on Saturday, here’s a second chance to explore the pond!  FHSU graduate student Kaden Buer will take you out into the KWEC pond to capture and learn about our tiniest marsh residents: aquatic invertebrates.  These little guys are a surprisingly important piece of the Cheyenne Bottoms ecosystem!  This is a come-and-go event throughout the day, rubber boots are provided, be prepared to get muddy!

Thursday, March 23rd – “Phenomenal Plants” 9 am to 5 pm.  Join FHSU graduate student Gentry Holaday to take a closer look at some of the fascinating plant species that grow here at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Learn about some of the botanical natives found in our wetlands, and the importance of managing aggressive invaders like Phragmites.

Friday, March 24th – “Nice Mussels“ 9 am to 5 pm.  You may think of mussels as just another type of seafood, but there are many different species that are found right here in Kansas!  FHSU graduate student Andrew Karlin will introduce you to our native mussel species, along with important information about invasive species creeping into our waterways.  This is a come-and-go event throughout the day.

Saturday, March 25th – “Spring Break in the Wild” Learn all about the plants and animals that make their home along the KWEC nature trail while you enjoy a special guided nature walk with KWEC Educator Jean Aycock.  Nature walks will start each hour, on the hour from 9 am to 4 pm, and will last about half an hour.  Dress for the weather!

 

 

 

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