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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


Garden Work Day

04/17/2021 9:00 AM - 04/17/2021 12:00 PM

How many items on a pizza are due to pollinators? Come on out to KWEC on April 17, 9 a.m. to noon, enjoy some pizza and find out. There is a catch however, you’ll be helping those pollinators by clearing the pollinator garden and getting it ready for planting. Please RSVP by calling KWEC, 877-... more


Irrigation Installation

04/24/2021 10:00 AM - 04/24/2021 12:00 PM

Learn Drip Irrigation System Installation Tired of dragging hoses and sprinklers around your garden every summer? There’s a simple, economical alternative – drip irrigation! And as a bonus you’ll conserve water too. The Barton County Conservation District will provide a low-pressur... 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.