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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Free admission for all military personnel including retirees, veterans, immediate family and Gold Star Families.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Featuring 44 artists inspired by and depicting the Flint Hills. Exhibit open through August 22.
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.
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.
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.
Weekly activities designed to get kids active. Enjoy half price admission for the entire family after the activity.
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.
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
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.
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.
By People’s Grocery Assistant Manager Lynn Chapman, 6:30 p.m. Learn about your local and sustainable food options in the Flint Hills.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.