Take Your Budding Wildlife Biologist to the Cheyenne Bottoms!

Group of migrating pelicans at Cheyenne Bottoms, 2004.  Photo by Kansas Geological Survey.

Group of migrating pelicans at Cheyenne Bottoms, 2004. Photo by Kansas Geological Survey.

Kansas Wetlands Education Center Children’s summer programs are designed for children ages four through sixth grades. These one-hour programs are offered at no charge with age breakdowns as follows:

*Ages 4-7:  10:30-11:30 a.m.

*Ages 8-12:   2-3 p.m.

Programs include lots of hands-on activities with trips outside if possible. Please dress children in old clothes and shoes and bring sun screen, insect repellent and water. Each program will include activities, games and/or crafts and sometimes a story.

Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline is one week before class.

To schedule, register for a program or for more information, call (877) 243-9268. Although there is no program charge, donations for supplies are appreciated.

  • “Creatures of the Night” – July 9 (register by July 2)
    Many wetland inhabitants wait until the sun begins to sink over the horizon before they become active. Learn what lurks in Cheyenne Bottoms after the sun goes down.
  • “Caterpillar Capers” – July 16 (register by July 9)
    Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the children’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” participants will learn about the butterfly and moth life-cycle, the importance of caterpillars and make their very own caterpillar.
  • “Protecting the Nest Egg” – July 23 (register by July 16)
    From insects to birds and reptiles, animals have devised interesting ways of protecting their “nest eggs.” Discover the animal world’s master weavers and masons.
  • “Nature’s colors” – July 30 (register by July 23)
    Color is more than just beauty for nature’s creatures. Learn what role color plays in bird courtship and how birds and insects retain their brilliant hues.
  • “Pollinators: Plants’ best friends” – Aug. 6 (register by July 30)
    Many plants have developed interesting ways to attract pollinators. Honey bees are just one of many insects, birds and mammals that fill this vital role in nature
  • “Migration Marvels” Aug. 13 (register by Aug. 6)
    As fall approaches, many birds and some insects begin preparing for their long trip south. investigate what drives animals to migrate and the mechanisms they use to navigate.
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