Thursday, June 30, 2016



Flint Hills Discovery Center

The Flint Hills Discovery Center offers a unique tourism and community experience that inspires people to celebrate, explore, and care for the Flint Hills. Visit www.flinthillsdiscovery.org or call 785.587.2726 for more information about programs or events at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Hours
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • Monday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Sunday 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Contact
    (785) 587-2726
    | Website
    Location

    315 S. 3rd St. Manhattan, KS 66502


UPCOMING EVENTS
  • April 4 2:00 pm Meet the author: Suzi Parron

    Meet the award-winning author of “Barn Quilts & The American Quilt Trail Movement” at a book signing. This book is in stock at the FHDC Gift Store; call 785-587-2726 to reserve your copy today.

  • April 24 5:00 pm Spa & Wellness Expo

    Bellus Academy of Manhattan presents Spa & Wellness Expo 2014. From 5 to 8 p.m., join Bellus Academy for an evening of exploring the latest innovations in spa and wellness at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, Kansas. This free event includes exciting door prizes and access to exhibits by top health, fitness and spa professionals like Murad, Wella Salon Professional, Juice+, American Massage Therapy and more. Joanne Berry with Bellus Academy, Lauren Snow from Associated Skin Care Professionals and Janelle Holen from Genesis Pure will also be on hand to speak and inspire those working in the spa and wellness industry. Later in the evening, keynote speaker Dr. Joe Pace will encourage and motivate expo attendees to achieve their goals and position their business for success in the beauty industry.

    For more information and RSVP to Spa & Wellness Expo 2014, please visit http://www.BellusSpaandWellness.eventbrite.com. More information on Bellus Academy can be found at http://www.bellusacademy.edu.

  • May 3 7:00 am Run for the Hills

    The Run for the Hills 5K is scheduled for May 3 at the Blue Earth Plaza, outside the Flint Hills Discovery Center, 315 S. 3rd St. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m. Cost is $25 to run and $20 to walk. Runners can register at Manhattan Running Company or Salina Running Company. Prizes, awards and food will be available. The run/walk will kick off the first Flint Hills Day, sponsored by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Geocaching and Indian dancing are also planned. The run will benefit “Solutions for Seniors” provided by North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging.

  • May 3 10:00 am FHDC presents Footsteps in the Flint Hills: Insectify

    Explore what little critters are crawling, buzzing and floating around us in the Flint Hills.

    Then journey through the gardens around the FHDC with nets and other tools to capture, explore, and release insects of all kinds.  For ages 6-8.

    To register, visit http://www.flinthillsdiscovery.org/ecommerce.

  • May 5 12:00 am Football: The Exhibit

    Think you’ve got the skills to go pro? Football is a 3,000 sq. ft. exhibition that introduces visitors to the science, math and technology behind the game and how they relate to our everyday lives. Test your throwing skills in the Passing Cage area. Try to match the speed of an NFL running back. Learn the trajectory for kicking a field goal. This highly interactive exhibit brings all the excitement and experience of playing football while also revealing the science that makes it all possible.

  • May 6 1:00 pm Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Now You Seed Me, Now You Don't

    Join FHDC staff and volunteers as we discover the life of a seed through stories, activities and exhibits this session. At the end, every kid will plant a pot full of wildflower seeds to take home where they can continue their explorations. For ages 4-5. To register, visit http://www.flinthillsdiscovery.org/ecommerce.

  • May 10 10:00 am Regional High School Day at the FHDC

    Show your school pride by joining the Flint Hills Discovery Center for this special high school football-themed Saturday including meet & greets with local football celebrities. Discounted admission is available with current student ID. Visit http://www.flinthillsdiscovery.org/ecommerce to purchase general admission tickets.

  • May 23 3:00 pm Book signing with author David Dary
  • July 1 8:00 am Footsteps in the Flint Hills: Epoch Animals

    Explore animals that traveled through the Flint Hills during the Ice Age with the help of the summer traveling exhibit, Ice Age Imperials. We will discover what type of animals lived in the Ice Age Epoch and how they survived the intense climate.

    Animals such as the woolly mammoth, the saber-toothed cat and the giant ground sloth will be studied. We will discuss the short faced bear, dire wolf and ancient bison. Experience firsthand why fat isn’t all that bad as we learn about their cold climate adaptations. Work with ice and learn how real paleontologists discover the mysteries of the Ice Age by digging into the frozen past.

    For ages K-second grade.

    To register, visit www. flinthillsdiscovery.org/ ecommerce.

  • July 10 12:00 am Ice Age Imperials

    A rare opportunity to “touch” the Ice Age. Interact with real fossils from ancient animals like the saber-toothed cat, wooly mammoth, giant sloth, dire wolf, giant beaver and teeth from a huge prehistoric bear makes the Ice Age come alive for visitors like never before. Access is included with the cost of admission.

  • July 24 9:30 am Kaw Valley Rodeo Readin’ Roundup

    Featuring local cowboy poet Ron Wilson, Barrelman Rick Young and bullfighters Ricky Young and Dustin Brewer and the Manhattan Public Library staff. Children who attend will get a free ticket to the Kaw Valley Rodeo on July 24, 25, or 26 at CiCo Park.

  • July 26 9:00 am National Day of the Cowboy

    Manhattan, KS Are you ready to celebrate your inner cowboy and cowgirl?  Dust off your boots and brush up your cowboy hat for a celebration of the cowboy spirit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s National Day of the Cowboy event.

    Cowboy traditions have long been part of the American landscape and culture and today’s cowboys and cowgirls continue to strive to preserve this unique element of America’s heritage.  In July, 2005, National Day of the Cowboy was designated by the United States Congress and the Governor of Kansas to be celebrated on the fourth Saturday of July encouraging people to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  Saturday, July 26 will be the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s first annual event for the National Day of the Cowboy celebration.

    Activities include stick pony barrel racing, branding and roping for kids, buckboard rides, bull riding, rodeo clowns and bullfighters, music by the Oldtimers Band and food vending by Cox Brothers BBQ.  Ron Wilson and Glenn Brunkow will share cowboy poetry and Jim Gray, Tom Moxley and Jan Lyons will tell stories of ranching and trail driving. Mayor Wynn Butler will be present at the start of the event to read an official proclamation issued on behalf of the City of Manhattan.  Regular Flint Hills Discovery Center admission fees apply:  Adults $9, Military, Seniors, Educators, College Students $7, Youth ages 2-17 $4.

    Located in the heart of downtown Manhattan, Kansas, the Flint Hills Discovery Center celebrates the importance of the geology, ecology, and cultural history of the Flint Hills region and North America’s last stand of tallgrass prairie.  For more information about the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s exhibitions, programs and special events, go online to http://www.flinthillsdiscovery.org, call 785-587-2726 or visit 315 S. Third St. in Manhattan.

  • July 26 9:00 am National Day of the Cowboy

    Cowboy traditions have long been part of the American landscape and culture and today’s cowboys and cowgirls continue to strive to preserve this unique element of America’s heritage. Activities include stick pony barrel racing, branding and roping for kids, buckboard rides, bull riding, rodeo clowns and bullfighters, music by the Oldtimers Band and food vending by Cox Brothers BBQ. Ron Wilson and Glenn Brunkow will share cowboy poetry and Jim Gray, Tom Moxley and Jan Lyons will tell stories of ranching and trail driving. Mayor Wynn Butler will be present at the start of the event to read an official proclamation issued on behalf of the City of Manhattan. Cost: $9 adults, $7 military, seniors, educators, college students, at $4 for youth ages 2-17. For more information about the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s exhibitions, programs and special events, go online to http://www.flinthillsdiscovery.org or call 785-587-2726.

  • September 7 12:00 pm Family Day

    Free Admission to all exhibitions, activities and Immersive Experience Theater.

    Celebrate art in the Flint Hills with family-friendly activities, food vending by Hy-Vee, educational activities and a last look at the Ice Age exhibition. Bring the whole family with you and discover the Flint Hills!

  • October 11 1:00 pm Meet the Author-Jim Sharp

    Jim Sharp, WWII veteran and author will meet guests and talk about his experiences of being a special duty guard at the main Nuremberg war trial of 1945-1946 and offers fascinating recollections about guards’ orders and cell life in his book, “Sgt. of the Guard at Nuremberg.”  One of the cell doors from the Nuremberg prison where Sharp served as a guard is on display in the Flint Hills Forces exhibit. 

  • November 9 12:00 am Free Admission Day

    Free admission for all military personnel including retirees, veterans, immediate family and Gold Star Families.

  • February 6 7:30 am Adventure Camp: Statehood

    Students will research what it takes to become a state and explore what Kansas was like when it was admitted as a state on January, 29 1861.  Students will observe old maps of the state from 1861 and surrounding years and compare them to present day. Students will also get a glimpse of what the prairie looked like 1861.

    Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students. Please call 785.587.2726 for more information.

    Adventure Camp is a unique program offered at both the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo throughout the school year. The age of the child attending determines the camp location when offered at both sites.  Children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. each session in which they are enrolled. Pick up for half-day registration is between 12:00 p.m. and 12:15 p.m., and pick up for full-day registration is between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Day registrants must bring their own sack lunch. 

    Full-day session: FHDC members: $22, non-members: $25
    Half-day session: FHDC members: $13, non-members: $15

  • February 6 10:30 am Share the story: Box Turtle at Long Pond by William T. George

    Participants will explore a day in the life of a box turtle. They will discover the different difficulties and excitements that box turtles face. After learning about box turtles, children will have the option to enter the FHDC and participate in the art project provided as a paid guest.  

    Share the Story connects the youngest residents of the Flint Hills region to their homes and towns through storytelling that will develop an appreciation for the rich culture.

  • February 21 1:00 pm Meet the author: Roy Bird

    Kansas children’s book author, Roy Bird, will visit Flint Hills Discover Center Saturday, February 21 from 1-3 p.m. Bird, originally from south of Abilene, KS started his writing career in Manhattan as an undergrad and has been writing Kansas history ever since. He received his both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in history from Kansas State University and sold his first article as a student. “After publishing 15 popular history books for adults, I tried my first children’s book,” said Bird. The book was a third grade reading level biography of Dwight D Eisenhower’s children. Hark! I Hear a Meadowlark! is about two children who discover many Kansas symbols using all five senses. It is Bird’s eighteenth book about Kansas and the American West.  “My specialty is stories about Kansas, a bottomless well of inspiration,” said Bird. His latest book is a large print collection of past stories he has published. Bird will be available to sign books and meet and greet in the Main Atrium from 1-3 p.m.

  • March 14 1:00 pm Meet the Author: Sherrill Sparks
  • March 16 12:00 am Adventure Camp
  • March 16 1:00 pm Book Signing featuring Sherrill Sparks, author of “Marshall County”

    One of the more recent additions to Arcadia Publishing’s iconic Images of America series, “Marshall County” tells the hardship, perseverance, and simple pleasures of early life as settlers converted the prairies to farms and towns. This book is full of many images and stories of the growth and development for well over a century. Sparks, the great granddaughter of early Marshall County settlers, was born and raised in Southern California. Although not local to the area, her family spent many summers in Marysville, which was her father’s childhood home.

  • March 18 12:00 am K is for Kansas: Exploring Kansas from A to Z

    This traveling exhibition organized and produced by Kauffman Museum is full of things to look at, touch and discover, using the letters of the alphabet to illustrate features that are unique to Kansas.

  • March 20 6:30 pm An Evening with Noppadol Paothong

    Spend an evening with photographer, Noppadol Paothong, the man behind Save the Last Dance. Noppadol will share his inspirational stories on saving grassland grouse. Mingle at a cocktail reception, browse the exhibit and enjoy a catered dinner.
    FHDC Members: $35
    Non-Members: $40

  • March 20 6:30 pm Visit from award-winning photographer Noppadol Paothong

    Hear from Patothong, the photographer behind Flint Hills Discovery Center’s “Save the Last Dance” exhibition, as he shares inspirational stories on saving grassland grouse. The night will start off with a cocktail reception, followed by a catered dinner and presentation by Noppadol.  Cost: FHDC members $35; non-members $40. To reserve your spot, call 785-58752726.

  • March 21 5:00 am Witness the Last Dance: An Exclusive Experience with Noppadol Paothong

    A once in a lifetime experience to witness greater prairie-chicken booming in action at Konza Prairie with Noppadol Paothong as your personal guide. Meet at the Discovery Center at 5 a.m. Price includes group transportation to the Konza Prairie from the Discovery Center. Complimentary breakfast and conversation will follow upon your return. Additional dates to experience booming are slated for March 28, April 11 and April 12.  To register, call 785-587-2726.

  • March 22 3:05 pm Exhibition: K is for Kansas closes
  • March 28 12:00 am Exhibit opens: Wild Weather
  • April 3 10:30 am Share the Story Time: “Storm is Coming” by Heather Tekavec

    The art project will be to design a flower with a real working thermometer. Participants will learn about what to do in a storm, what to expect and that not all storms are scary. 

    Share the Story connects the youngest residents of the Flint Hills region to their homes and towns through storytelling that will develop a foundational appreciation for the rich culture. 

  • April 3 10:30 am Storm is Coming by Heather Tekavec

    Children will design a flower with a real working thermometer. They will also learn about what to do in a storm, what to expect and that not all storms are scary.

  • April 4 12:00 am Wild Weather

    Create a bolt of lightning by experimenting with different combinations of electrical charges, calculate the distance of a thunderstorm and observe differences between the speed of light and sound.

  • April 7 10:30 am W is for Wild Weather

    Students will learn what to wear to prepare for inclement weather and what to do in spring storms through play, which provides exciting exploration without fear.

  • April 16 6:30 pm Go See It! lecture: Morris County, Council Grove

    The Flint Hills Discovery Center is your starting point for an unforgettable exploration of the region. Featured speakers will highlight unique themes in the Flint Hills and provide tips on how to best pursue an adventure in your own backyard. Go See It! lectures are free and open to the public.

  • April 17 7:30 am FHDC Adventure Camp: Nature Meets Technology Time

    Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students. Please call 785-587-2726 for more information.

    Full-day session: FHDC members: $22, non-members: $25. Half-day session: FHDC members: $13, non-members: $15.

  • April 26 12:00 pm Flint Hills Festival

    Join in the celebration of music and food special to the Flint Hills during the annual Flint Hills Festival.

    Regional band, Annie Wilson and Tallgrass Express String Band will kick off the day’s festivities at 12 p.m. and play until 3:30 p.m. Original songs regarding the land and life of the Flint Hills, as well as bluegrass favorites, folk ballads, Western swing tunes and Celtic melodies will be heard by all.

    Kelley Hunt, American blues pianist, singer and songwriter, performs at 4 p.m. at the Manhattan Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. Hunt’s CD, “Heartland” is currently being sold in the Flint Hills Discovery Gift Store for $4.00 plus tax and will also be available that day to purchase.

    A variety of attractions will be held inside the Flint Hills Discovery Center throughout the day from noon to 6 p.m. Food vendors include KSU Meat Science Club, Sweet Granada, Radina’s, Grandma Hoerner’s and many more.

    Local storyteller, Steve Keck, “Mr. Steve,” will be in the classroom to perform three 30-minute performances of stories and sing-a-longs. These performances are geared towards preschoolers and younger children and will be scheduled for 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Children of all ages can decorate an apron and build their very own guitar to take home with them. Follow the day’s festivities and participate in the fun by sharing family photos using the hash tag, #flinthillsfest.

    Those who attend will have the opportunity to tour the two latest temporary exhibits located on the second floor. Save the Last Dance features photographs of North American Grassland Grouse by award-winning photographer, Noppadol Paothong.  Wild Weather is designed to help those of all ages understand the ways of weather through hands-on exhibits focusing on wind and water, air and heat, light and sound.  In addition to the two temporary exhibitions, all permanent exhibits, the Immersive Experience Theater and the Family Fun Zone are included with paid admission. The Gift Store will also be open during the festivities for those of all ages to purchase something to remember the day.

    Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. All activities, including the concert, are included in the general admission price. Admissions fees are: 18-64 ($9); Educators, Student, Military with ID, 65 + ($7); children 2-17 ($4). Tickets are on sale now.  Visit http://www.flinthillsdiscovery.org to purchase general admission tickets or for more information, call 785-587-2726.

  • May 2 5:30 pm Doc gizmo

    Parents, leave the kids with us for Kids’ Science Theater! Kids will witness weather related experiments, enjoy a dinner provided by Chick-fil-A and make their very own lip balm, rain gauge and weather vane to take home. FHDC Members: $20 | Non-Members: $25

  • May 2 5:30 pm Doc Gizmo

    Parents, leave the kids with us for the evening for our Kids’ Science Theater. Doc Gizmo will be at the Flint Hills Discovery Center to provide demonstrations and science experiments. Doc Gizmo has provided Science Assemblies for the past 16 years to over 236,000 students.

    Through our latest interactive exhibition, Wild Weather, and Doc Gizmo’s experiments, children will learn about safety, thunder and lightning, radar tracking, along with how to understand and prepare for a storm in the Flint Hills.

    The program is geared towards kindergarten through 8th grade. Children will create their own lip balm to protect their lips from the weather, a rain gauge to keep track of the rain at home and a weather vane to keep an eye on wind changes in their area.

    Dinner is included with pre-registration and is sponsored by Chick-fil-A. This event is open to the public; FHDC members pay $20 and non-members pay $25. There are a limited amount of spaces available so please register in advance.

    Wild Weather is on exhibition through May 13. This exhibit is designed to help those of all ages understand the ways of weather through hands-on exhibits focusing on wind and water, air and heat, light and sound.

  • June 15 12:00 am In the Dark

    Explore the natural evolutionary selective pressure that has caused plants and animals to adapt to ecosystems found in caves, deep sea, the forest at night and underground.

  • June 16 10:30 am Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Mammals

    Children will explore different furs by touching and feeling. They’ll also learn more about mammals, how they breathe and identify the mammals that live in the Flint Hills. For information, visit flintshillsdiscovery.org.

  • June 18 6:30 pm Go See It! Winemaking in the Flint Hills

    Join Highland Community College Winery Manager and Enology (Winemaking) Instructor Dominic Martin as he discusses the science of wine making and the growing wine scene here in the Flint Hills.

  • June 19 5:00 pm Opening Reception for “Our Beloved Land…Celebrating the Flint Hills”

    Featuring 44 artists inspired by and depicting the Flint Hills. Exhibit open through August 22.

  • June 20 12:00 pm Primitive Skills Workshop I

    Participants will receive veteran instruction and obtain hands on experience with a variety of primitive technologies including fire, cordage, containers, tools and thermoregulation, as well as develop an awareness of nature-based decision making and will be given ample opportunity to apply techniques during the course. For ages 16 and up. This field course is off-site in the Flint Hills so come prepared to spend a day in the field. Youth 12-15 may be accompanied by an adult. Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $55 FHDC members and $65 non-members.

  • June 20 2:30 pm Tenth annual Reel Paddling Film Festival Time

    Experience the joy and adventure of paddle sports featuring the world’s best paddling films that inspire you to explore the rivers and lakes of the Flint Hills. The Reel Paddling Film Festival travels to over 100 cities around the world every year to be screened for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. The films will be shown in the state-of-the-art Immersive Experience Theater with one of the largest screens in the Flint Hills. The Film Festival is free with regular FHDC admission; registration is not required.

  • June 23 10:30 am Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Fourth of July Celebration

    Children will have the chance to sing the Star Spangled Banner, create an early 1800s American flag as well as learn the story behind the flag.

  • June 27 9:00 am Kids Fitness Challenge

    Weekly activities designed to get kids active. Enjoy half price admission for the entire family after the activity.

  • June 27 10:00 am Last Chance: Student Art Show Workshop

    Interpret the Flint Hills! Create your own masterpiece to submit to the 2015 Flint Hills Masters Student Art show! Select artwork will be on display at the Flint Hills Discovery Center from October 3, 2015 - January 17, 2016.

    We’ll supply the paper, paint, markers and pencils! Open to grades 3-12. Workshop is free and open to the public.

  • June 27 10:00 am 2015 Flint Hills Masters Student Art Show Workshop

    FHDC is offering a free come and go workshop for all students interested in submitting artwork to the fall show. Participants can paint, draw or sketch their own interpretation of the Flint Hills ecoregion for a chance to win cash prizes. FHDC will supply the paper, paint, markers and pencils. The workshop is open to grades 3-12 and FHDC staff will be available to assist with the submission process. Submission rules and guidelines can be found at flinthillsdiscovery.org. The contest is open to students attending public, private or tribal schools and home school students of equivalent grade-level who live or attend school in the state of Kansas or in Osage and Kay counties in Oklahoma (home of the Osage Hills, an extension of the Flint Hills ecoregion). Students will be assigned to the appropriate grade-level division according to their grade as of spring 2015. Artwork will be juried by a panel of judges and finalists will be notified by July 31. Up to $600 in cash prizes will be awarded for various categories including Best of Show. Select artwork will be on display at the Flint Hills Discovery Center from October 3 through January 17. The Student Art Show is sponsored by Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation and Flint Hills

  • June 29 7:30 am Adventure Camp: Cave-a-Thon

    Children can learn the “who,” “what,” “how” and “why” of caves. Day campers will learn who and what live in caves, how a cave is formed and why they are used. Children will make a cave diorama using clay and decorate it to make it look like a Flint Hills cave.

    Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades K-2.

    For more information, please call 785-587-2726.

  • June 30 7:30 am Adventure Camp: Fire and Light

    Learn all the secrets of fire and light. Day campers will investigate how fire and light work, and where they are used around us every day.

    They will explore how Native Americans and early Kansas settlers used fire and light in their everyday lives as well as how we use them today. Children will get to make a bucket lantern and kaleidoscope.

    Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades K-2.

    For more information, please call 785-587-2726.

  • August 13 6:30 pm Go See It! Lecture Series: Local and Sustainable Food in the Flint Hills

    By People’s Grocery Assistant Manager Lynn Chapman, 6:30 p.m. Learn about your local and sustainable food options in the Flint Hills.

  • August 15 12:00 pm Primitive Skills Workshop I

    This field course is located off-site in the Flint Hills so come prepared to spend a day in the field. Ages 16 and up. Youth ages 12-15 may be accompanied by an adult. Limited to 12 participants. FHDC Members: $55 | Non-Members: $65

    Participants will receive veteran instruction and obtain hands on experience with a variety of primitive technologies including fire, cordage, containers, tools and thermoregulation. Participants will develop an awareness of nature-based decision making and will be given ample opportunity to apply techniques during the course.
    To register, call 785.587.2726.

  • August 21 6:00 pm Kids' Mystery Theater

    FHDC’s exhibits come to life as children discover suspects who may have kidnapped animals from the In the Dark exhibition. Dinner is provided.

    FHDC Youth Members: $20 | Adults: $5
    Non-Members: $25 | Adults: $10
    To register, call 785.587.2726.

  • August 28 8:00 pm After Sunset: Animal Encounters in the Dark

    The whole family is invited to enjoy a night guided tour at Sunset Zoo and discover the animals after dark! Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.


    Youth & Adult FHDC Members: $6
    Youth & Adult Non-Members: $8
    To register, call 785.587.2726.

  • August 30 9:00 am Wildcat Week

    Kick off the start of another Wildcat football season with a visit to the Flint Hills Discovery Center and the Sunset Zoo! KSU students, faculty and staff will receive special $6 admission rate at the Flint Hills Discovery Center and half-price admission at Sunset Zoo all week!

  • September 4 10:30 am Share the Story: “Owls” by Gail Gibbons

    To celebrate the exhibition In the Dark one last time, “Owls” by Gail Gibbons will be ready for story time. Children will be able to make and take an owl mask. Free.

  • September 4 10:30 am Share the Story: “Owls” by Gail Gibbons

    To celebrate the exhibition In the Dark one last time, “Owls” by Gail Gibbons will be ready for story time. Children will be able to make and take an owl mask.

  • September 12 1:00 pm Flint Hills Discovery Center Lecture

    “8 Wonders of Kansas” by executive director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, author, speaker, promoter and supporter of rural Kansas, Marci Penner.

  • September 13 12:00 pm Fourth Annual Family Day

    Free admission day in celebration of the local community.

  • September 17 6:30 pm Go See It! Photographing Dark Kansas Skies

    Photographer Scott Bean will help you get started photographing the night sky, especially the Milky Way at this free lecture. Topics will include resources for finding the Milky Way and dark locations, the basic equipment you need to start photographing the night sky, how to set your camera to record the most stars and tips on editing your night sky photos.
    Free.

  • September 19 12:00 pm Flint Hills Masters: Lunch & Lecture

    Join Flint Hills Master Artist Matthew Richter and Strecker-Nelson Gallery owner and exhibition curator Jay Nelson for this inaugural event. Enjoy a catered lunch as Matthew Richter demonstrates his mastery of landscapes during a live painting demo on the terrace of the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Then exhibition curator Jay Nelson will preview the upcoming Flint Hills Master Exhibition through a guided lecture. Pre-registration is required. Participants can also join Matthew Richter for a guided native plant walk after the lunch program for an additional fee. Cost: $15 FHDC members, $20 non-members.

  • September 19 2:00 pm A Walk Through the Native Prairie with Matthew Richter

    Experience the beauty of the native tallgrass prairie with Flint Hills Master Artist Matthew Richter as your guide. Hike through the rolling hills of the Konza Prairie as your guide provides artistic insight into the flora and fauna set out before you. Learn about the prairie ecosystem from an expert guide who translates these stunning landscapes onto canvas. Cost: $8 FHDC members, $10 non-members.

  • September 22 10:30 am Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Art Without Pictures

    Preschoolers will explore how to make pictures out of different letters and play a game using race cars.
    Cost: $7 for FHDC members, $9 for non-members. For information, visit flintshillsdiscovery.org.

  • September 25 7:30 am FHDC Adventure Camp: Native American Art

    Students will make parfleche, bead work and pottery to take home as well as investigate the art behind Native dwellings and the American Bison.
    Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades K-2.
    For information, visit flinthillsdiscovery.org.

  • October 2 10:30 am Share the Story: Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

    After the story, children will be able to make and take a wooden leaf ornament home.

  • October 3 10:00 am Flint Hills Masters opens to the public

    Flint Hills Masters is a collection of paintings and sculptures interpreting a sense of place and a love for the regional landscape of the Flint Hills by more than 50 premier artists from around the world.

  • October 3 4:00 pm Flint Hills Masters: Photography Workshop with Louis Copt

    FHDC Members: $35, Non-members: $45

    Deepen your understanding of the painting process with a hands-on workshop led by award winning Kansas artist Louis Copt.  Enjoy his expert direction and insight concerning photography as a reference tool for painting.  Our course will include an indoor session followed by a Flint Hills bus tour with several stops among the local landscape.  Here participants will have opportunities to build inspiration, as well as to put into practice the techniques and composition guidelines of a lifelong professional artist.

    Louis Copt is a former Kansas “Governor’s Artist” with over thirty years of experience and a featured artist in the Flint Hills Masters Exhibition.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited so sign up today. http://www.flinthillsdiscovery.org/masters

    or call 785.587.2726

  • October 10 9:00 am Of Earth and Sky: Plein Air Painting in the Flint Hills (watercolor) with John Hulsey

    If you have always wanted to try painting outdoors, but didn’t know where to start, this workshop will give you all the information and encouragement you need. If you have already tried plein air painting and want to take it to the next level, then you will want to participate in this special two-day watercolor workshop taught by nationally recognized artist and Flint Hills Master, John Hulsey. John has been painting and teaching watercolor for over 30 years and has written numerous articles for national art magazines like American Artist and Watercolor, among others, discussing his techniques and approach to outdoor painting. Learn the secrets of the pros through his on-location demonstrations and individual attention.
    Participants responsible for bringing their own art supplies or may choose to just observe and interact with the artist.  A list of required materials and equipment will be provided.  Participants should be appropriately dressed for the current weather conditions.  Meet at the Konza Prairie Biological Station Nature Trail kiosk.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited so sign up today.
    FHDC Members: $115 | Non-Members: $125

  • October 15 4:00 pm Flint Hills Discovery Center’s first-ever Educator Open House

    Educators will experience all the FHDC has to offer, as well as gain resources to help connect their curriculum to the Flint Hills.

  • October 15 6:30 pm Ghost town photos

    Local author and historian Greg Hoots will present a series of historic photographs that tell the story of life in Wabaunsee County nearly a century ago. His presentation, titled “Preserving Memories: The Story of Volland, Kansas,” will explore the life of a man named Otto Kratzer, owner of the historic Kratzer Bros. Mercantile store and passionate amateur photographer. Hoots will describe recent efforts to preserve both the store and the Kratzer photograph and film collection. The event is free and open to the public.

  • October 16 7:30 am Adventure Day Camps

    Floating Fun! is for grades K-2. Making Sense of the World is for grades 3-6 at the Sunzet Zoo. 
    For information, visit flinthillsdiscovery.org.

  • October 17 9:00 am Of Earth and Sky: Plein Air Painting in the Flint Hills (oil) with John Hulsey

    FHDC Members: $115 | Non-Members: $125
    Painting outdoors, or plein air painting, has become extremely popular again and many of the top galleries are once again exhibiting this exciting representational painting technique. It is the best way to learn how to paint landscape, but can also be the most difficult, unless you have the coaching of an expert guide. Join award-winning painter John Hulsey for this special two-day plein air oil workshop in the Flint Hills and you will learn the outdoor painting secrets of the pros. In on-location demonstrations and discussion, John will clue you in to the things you must know to make a successful plein air painting, and then show you how it is done. There is no better way to learn and have fun at the same time.
    Participants responsible for bringing their own art supplies or may choose to just observe and interact with the artist. A list of required materials and equipment will be provided. Participants should be appropriately dressed for the current weather conditions.  Meet at the Konza Prairie Biological Station Nature Trail kiosk. Pre-registration is required and space is limited so sign up today.

  • October 17 1:00 pm Class: Eyes on Nature: Student Workshop with Diana Werts

    Students will compose paintings that capture emotional responses to the complex and diverse nature of the fascinating plants that thrive in the Flint Hills region. For grades 7-12. Cost: $25 FHDC members, $30 non-members.

  • October 20 10:30 am Halloween event

    Celebrate Halloween with a paper-bag explorer costume. And make some bat slime, too. Enrollment limited to 10-child maximum, please register.

  • October 22 7:30 am Adventure Day Camps

    Recycled Art is for grades K-2 at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Environmental Specifics is for grades 3-6 at the Sunzet Zoo.

  • October 24 10:00 am Class: Prairie Surprise Paintings: Student Workshop with Diana Werts

    Students will complete a painting that contains both observed imagery of plants and grasses as well as imagined life underground.

  • November 7 7:00 am Nature Through an Artist's Eyes with Susan Rose & Ted Cable

    Join Rose and local author and nature interpreter Cable on a sensory awakening nature experience as they travel through the Flint Hills. Participants will have the opportunity tojournalandsketch along the walk.
    Cost: $12 for FHDC members, $14 non-members.

  • November 8 12:00 pm Holiday Open House

    Jewelry is discounted at 20% and complimentary coffee and cookies will be offered.

  • November 11 10:00 am Veteran's Free Day

    All military personnel, including retirees, veterans, immediate family and gold star families will receive free admission for the day.

  • November 19 6:30 pm Go See It! Visit to Blue Earth Village

    Kansas State University Professor of Archaeology, Lauren Ritterbush, will present an illustrated presentation on Blue Earth Village and all about the historic Kaw Indian village located just outside Manhattan.

  • November 19 6:30 pm Go See It! Lecture featuring K-State professor of Archaeology, Lauren Ritterbush

    Featuring an illustrated presentation on Blue Earth Village and all about the historic Kaw Indian village located just outside Manhattan.

  • November 30 10:30 am Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Artistic Winter

    Preschoolers will listen to a story to generate artistic inspiration, make play snow and create a winter scene with ice, paint and salt.
    Cost: $7 for FHDC members, $9 for non-members. Pre-registration required. For information, visit flintshillsdiscovery.org.

  • December 5 9:00 am Breakfast with Santa

    Coffee, donuts, and juice for breakfast. Make a real gingerbread house, visit Santa and decorate a holiday picture frame.

  • December 21 7:30 am FHDC Adventure Camp: Musical Experiments

    Students will experiment with music and sounds as well as play an interactive instrument trivia game, create maracas and participate in an air guitar contest.

  • December 22 7:30 am Frozen Art

    Students K-2 will make edible ice cream art and sculptures from shaved ice. They will create pictures with frozen paint and make a glowing ice lantern to take home.

  • December 23 7:30 am Slick Experiments

    Students will use everyday objects to see which works best for sledding, create a miniature popsicle sled to take home and test their friction knowledge..

  • December 31 6:30 pm New Year's Eve party: Under the Sea

    Ring in the New Year “Under the Sea”  with an early evening of food, music and science fun for everyone including a balloon drop, DJ with kids’ dance music, a buried treasure scavenger hunt, a selfie station, costume contest, face painting and more. Cost: $12 for youth and adult FHDC members, $14 for non-members, free for youth under 2.

  • January 18 7:30 am Adventure Camp, Celebrate MLK

    Students will retrace King’s steps during his visit to Manhattan and K-State, and take a field trip to Brown v. Board National Historic site in Topeka. Adventure Camp is limited to 24 students, grades 3-6.
    Adventure Camp is a unique program offered at Flint Hills Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo throughout the school year.

  • January 28 9:15 am Kansas Day at the Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Learn about state symbols and get involved with events that celebrate Kansas Day! Participants must RSVP to receive discounted price. Regular admission applies for day-of-event signups.

  • January 30 12:00 am How People Make Things
  • January 30 10:00 am Grand Opening for “How People Make Things”

    Discover how every-day items are manufactured ... the people, ideas and technology that transforms raw materials into finished products are brought to life at the How People Make Things exhibition.

  • February 14 5:30 pm Kid's night

    Leave the kids with us for the evening and go out on the town to celebrate Valentine’s Day! We’ll supply dinner, including sandwiches, veggies and juice. Kids will have the chance to make their our Valentines, heart puzzles, a chocolate-y dessert and discover the STEM in Valentine’s Day! This event is geared towards children age 5-10. Please register by Thursday, February 11. 
    Youth FHDC Members: $15 | Youth Non-Members: $18

  • February 18 6:30 pm Go See It! Today's Reality of Solar Energy

    Learn all about Solar Energy in the Flint Hills from the Flint Hills Renewable Energy & Efficiency Cooperative, featuring Robert Rosenberg and Dr. Ruth Douglas Miller.

  • March 26 5:30 am Prairie Chicken Booming Ground Observation

    Witness the enchanting dance for dominance between the chickens at the height of their booming season. FHDC staff will guide the tour and provide all the insight you need in this once in a lifetime opportunity.
    For ages 16 and up; ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult.
    Tickets: $40 for members and $45 for non-members; this price includes group transportation and complimentary breakfast. Special hotel rates available, see website for more details http://www.flinthillsdiscovery.org.

  • April 2 5:00 am Greater-Prairie Chicken Booming Ground Observation

    Witness the enchanting dance for dominance between the chickens at the height of their booming season.
    FHDC staff will guide the tour and provide all the insight you need in this once in a lifetime opportunity.
    For ages 16 and up; ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult.
    Tickets: $40 for members and $45 for non-members; this price includes group transportation and complimentary breakfast. Special hotel rates available, see website for more details http://www.flinthillsdiscovery.org.

  • April 15 7:00 pm Reel Paddling Film Festival

    Films featuring paddle excursions.
    Cost: $10.

  • April 16 5:00 am Flint Hills Discovery Center Greater-Prairie Chicken Booming Ground Observation

    Witness the enchanting dance for dominance between the chickens at the height of their booming season. FHDC staff will guide the tour and provide all the insight you need in this once in a lifetime opportunity.
    For ages 16 and up; ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult.
    Tickets: $40 for members and $45 for non-members; this price includes group transportation and complimentary breakfast. Special hotel rates available, see website for more details http://www.flinthillsdiscovery.org.

  • April 16 6:00 pm Friend of the Flint Hills award reception

    The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation has given a “Friend of the Flint Hills” award
    to an individual(s), nongovernmental organization or public institution each spring since 2012.  The award honors significant time, effort and resources devoted to the cause of conserving the Flint Hills of Kansas and northern Oklahoma and to the Flint Hills Discovery Center. This year, we are pleased to announce that the 2016 award will be given to native daughter and former U.S. Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker of rural Morris County.

    “Nancy was chosen for her exemplary leadership role and commitment to the Flint Hills as an elected official,” said Bruce Snead, President of the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation.

    Kassebaum’s love of Kansas and the Flint Hills region was exemplified by her efforts along with that of others in the establishment of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City, KS in 1996. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service.

    The significance of the 20 year anniversary is that this was the first time a public and private entity came together and formed a partnership dedicated to preserving a portion of the last remaining stand of tallgrass prairie in North America. The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service partnered in order to foster preservation, provide a venue to interpret local cultural and historical features, provide visitors with the opportunity to become inspired and to explore the ecological, geological and historical aspects of the property. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is the only one of its kind in the National Park Service system.

    Kassebaum served three terms representing the state of Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1979-1997. She returned to her permanent home in the Flint Hills in 2014 following the death of her husband, former U. S. Senator Howard Baker.

  • May 7 9:00 am Tallgrass Tour Bus: Scenic Chase County

    The Tallgrass Tour Bus will take you deep into the heart of the Kansas Flint Hills with a guided tour of the Bison pastures, the Spring Hill Ranch headquarters and Chase County Courthouse.
    Fees are $15 FHDC members; $18 non-members; participants are responsible for lunch at Ad Astra. Pre-registration is required by May 4. To make tour reservation or for more information, contact us at 785-587-2726 or online at http://www.flinthillsdiscovery.org.

  • May 16 5:30 pm MAC Annual Meeting
  • May 19 6:30 pm Go See It: Lecture Series: Journey Down Our Kansas River

    Learn more about current issues and recreational opportunities on the Kaw River from Kansas Riverkeeper Dawn Buehler.

  • May 21 11:00 am Flint Hills Festival

    Celebrate the food, music, and culture of the Flint Hills with a day-long celebration both at Blue Earth Plaza and inside the Discovery Center.

  • June 3 8:00 am FHDC Prairie Keepers Program

    Each Friday in June, beginning June 3, youth ages 9-14 may travel out into the Flint Hills and explore life beyond the electronic age, discover what makes the tallgrass prairie unusual through interactive nature-based learning.

    All programs begin and end at the Flint Hills Discovery Center and transportation will be provided.

    Participation fees are $15 for FHDC members and $18 for non-members.

    For more information, contact 785-587-2726 or visit flinthillsdiscovery.org.

  • June 4 9:00 am FHDC Day Trip to Lawrence

    Participation fees are $22 for FHDC members and $25 for non-members. Round trip travel and tour fees are included. Participants are responsible for a lunch fee. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    For more information, contact 785-587-2726 or visit flinthillsdiscovery.org.

  • June 5 9:00 am Amazing Dinosaurs
  • June 5 9:00 am Amazing Dinosaurs
  • June 5 12:00 pm Amazing Dinosaurs
  • June 10 7:00 pm Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest

    There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend all of these events. State champions at the finals will receive the Saddlejack Bradrick Award, the coveted Governor’s Buckle, discounts and gift certificates from leading western wear stores, and two tickets to the Symphony in the Flint Hills.  In addition, the state winners will have their entry fees paid to compete in the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo.
    For more information or to enter the regional contest, go to http://www.cowboypoetrycontest.com.

    Those who finish in the top tier at one of three regional qualifying contests will compete at the state finals.  The dates, times and locations of the qualifying contests are as follows:  Friday, April 29, 7 p.m., J. H. Robbins Memorial Library, 219 N. Lincoln Street, Ellsworth; Saturday, May 7, 4 p.m., Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel Street, Benton; and Friday, May 20, 7 p.m., Rollin ‘Red’ Vandever Memorial Park, home of the “Wilson County Old Iron Club,” 10392 Jade Road, Fredonia.

  • June 11 2:00 pm Dinosaur Academy

    Study prehistoric beasts through hands-on activities with real dinosaur fossils.
    Participation fees are $9 for youth FHDC members, $12 for youth non-members, $6 for adult non-members and no charge for adult FHDC members.
    Price includes two-hour interactive class session and access to all exhibits. Pre-registration required.
    Open to ages 8-12.
    For more information, visit flinthillsdiscovery.org.

  • June 18 8:30 pm Wolf Spider Night Walk

    After a brief introduction where you can see and even handle real spiders, families will head out on a night walk with a headlamp to find, catch, and release wolf spiders. In the process, participants will learn about spider biology and the adaptations spiders have to help them thrive during the night.
    Instructor Dustin Wilgers is an assistant professor of biology at McPherson College and life-long advocate for wolf spider conservation and education.
    Pre-registration is required. Learn more at flinthillsdiscovery.org or call 785-587-2726.
    Fairmont Park, southeast of downtown,across the Kansas River.

  • June 19 12:00 am Father’s Day Special

    All dads get in for free with one paid admission.

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