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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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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


WILD - Leopold Benches

05/24/2024 9:00 AM - 05/24/2024 12:00 PM

Named after renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the iconic design of a Leopold bench combines functionality with elegance.  Best known for writing "A Sand County Almanac," Leopold helped to create an ecological movement and was a major influence on attitudes toward our natural environment. A... more


Field Biology Day Camp

06/10/2024 8:00 AM - 06/10/2024 4:00 PM

Participants will explore different methods of field biology through on-site activities led by local Cheyenne Bottoms experts. Monday, June 10 (times to-be-determined) For students who have competed 7th-11th grades Registration Fee - $20 Deadline to register is May 20 Campers must bring a sack lunc... 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.