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.

about KWEC

Upcoming Events

October Turtle Tots

  • 10-09-2020
  • 10 - 11 am
  • KWEC

What if you had an animal nose? Turtle Tots ages 3-5 are invited for a program on October 9 from 10-11am. We'll read a story by that name, discover how noses work, explore some different types of animal noses, and experiment with our own sense of smell with a science and art project.

KWEC Hunter Appreciation Breakfast

  • 10-10-2020
  • 8am-12pm
  • KWEC Picnic Shelter

Join fellow hunters at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center Picnic Shelter after your hunt on October 10 from 8am to 12pm for a free Hunter Appreciation Breakfast. Biscuits and gravy, coffee, and juice will be served, sponsored by the Great Bend CVB.

Field Trip Opportunity

  • 10-19-2020
  • 9 am - 12 pm
  • KWEC

Are you schooling from home this year? Join our KWEC educators for a field trip experience. We'll split students up into two age groups, K-2 and 3-6 grades and provide two, hands-on, nature themed programs. Group sizes will be limited to 15. Click for more information.

Drop-in STEM

  • 10-23-2020
  • 12 - 4:30 pm
  • KWEC

STEM Drop-in programs allow families the opportunity to travel to stations exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math on a central theme. These are come-and-go and free activities!

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.