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KWEC offers winter childrens programs
COURTESY PHOTO Participants check their snow crystal, as it develops in a snowflake “machine”, during an earlier Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s program. Winter programs are scheduled for February 8 and 15.

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has the cure for the winter blues – nature programs! Kids will make snow crystals and investigate backyard birds, during KWEC’s February Saturday morning programs. 

Designed for children ages 6 through 12, the programs include activities, crafts and outdoor time, if weather permits.

Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadlines in sequential order of the classes are Feb. 5 and 12. To register for classes, or for more information, call 620-566-1456 or 1-877-243-9268. The maximum class size is 20 children. Although there is no program charge, donations for supplies are always appreciated.

• Let it Snow: Feb. 8, 10-11:30 a.m.

If there’s snow, we’ll explore it, but if not, it doesn’t matter because you’ll be making your own ice crystals in a snowflake machine made from household items and powered with dry ice. Find out whether each snowflake is truly different and make your own unique snowflake to take home.

• Snow birds!: Feb. 15, 10-11:15 a.m.

Every winter “snow” birds come to Kansas, joining their hardy feathered friends that make Kansas a year-round home. Discover which birds travel to Kansas and how they survive winter’s cold. In addition to making a bird feeder, we’ll travel outside to find some snow birds and enter them in the national Backyard Bird Count. Binoculars will be provided or bring your own.