Adventure for Everyone

Welcome to KWEC!

Want a unique nature experience? Then, visit the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. KWEC overlooks Cheyenne Bottoms; the largest inland marsh in the United States and a Ramsar designated, Wetland of International Importance.

The KWEC is managed by Fort Hays State University in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism.

Walk through state-of-the-art exhibits that tell the story of Cheyenne Bottoms from its ancient geological formation to the management challenges of the future. Discover the magnificence of these wetlands and the animals and plants living there.

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Bingo Board

Virtual Tour

Experience all that Cheyenne Bottoms has to offer from the comfort of your home or classroom.  Click on our virtual tour to experience 360 images, drone footage, educational videos, interviews with key Cheyenne Bottoms partners, and interactive games.  

Download this bingo board to guide your experience to a variety of activities.

Classroom teachers, click here to learn about how to use this in your classroom and participate in a nation-wide research colaborative to enhance virtual environmental education programs.

The Virtual Tour is best viewed by putting the image below in full screen (square brackets bottom middle) and then clicking on each individual icon to navigate to different areas of Cheyenne Bottoms.  You can then click an icon to return to map and choose another destination!


Upcoming Events


Summer Nature Craft Drop-in

08/02/2021 1:00 PM - 08/16/2021 4:00 PM

Monday August 2, 9, and 16 – 1-4pm   Enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation by bringing the kids out to the center for a new nature craft each week! These FREE, come-and-go crafts are designed for kids ages 4-11. Each week will feature a different craft with a theme, you mi... more


Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Party

08/13/2021 8:30 PM - 08/13/2021 10:30 PM

Our annual end of summer, spaced-themed event encourages visitors to look to the sky on Friday August 13. As Earth passes through the path of the Swift-Tuttle Comet each year, the debris will light up the sky. 2021 conditions are setting up to be perfect! The moon sets early this year, producing a d... more

Recent Bird Sightings


The Kansas Wetlands Education Center building offers a panoramic view of our mitigation marsh. We have binoculars and spotting scopes available to help you get a closer look at the wetlands and wildlife outside the Center. Visitors enjoy the sights of birds at the feeder, frogs sitting at the water’s edge, blooming sunflowers, harriers gliding over the marsh, and whatever surprises nature has to offer.

Donate to the KWEC

The KWEC appreciates donations. Donations to the KWEC go toward enhancing our educational programming.