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Sunflower Summer

KWEC is a participating venue in the Sunflower Summer Program.  The Sunflower Summer Program benefits Kansas families with school-aged children, encouraging them to explore and fall in love with Kansas.  This program gives affordable access to over 220 tourism attractions across the state and supports the Kansas tourism economy.  Eligible Kansas families can download the Sunflower Summer App to claim tickets to participating venues.

The 2024 Sunflower Summer season will run from May 25-August 11.  Participants who check in to the KWEC using the app will receive a free wildlife craft kit with a field guide.

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.

The Virtual Tour is best viewed by putting the image below in full screen (click three dots on bottom of picture and choose Enter Full Screen) 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!


Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events


Discovery Camp II

07/23/2024 9:00 AM - 07/25/2024 3:00 PM

Camps feature outdoor exploration, including animal and plant investigations through fun activities, nature-related crafts, and games. July 23 and 25 - 9am-3pm For students who have completed 4th-6th grades Registration Fee - $20 Deadline to register is June 26 Campers must bring a sack lunch.&#160... more


Meteor Shower Watch Party

08/09/2024 8:30 PM - 08/09/2024 10:30 PM

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC), located northeast of Great Bend on K-156 Highway, is gearing up for its annual Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Party. The public is invited to join the KWEC staff for this free, family-friendly activity. Each year, as the Earth passes through the dust and deb... 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.