Kansas Wetlands Education Center educators are providing students who are learning from home an opportunity to attend a fun-filled field trip into the outdoors. On Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon, students will be split into two age groups, for grades K-2 and 3-6. The two groups will be limited to 15 each and will be provided two hands-on, nature-themed programs. Programs will be held outdoors, where social distancing rules will be followed. Masks are also required when going into the center.
Bring a lunch and enjoy the nature trail or the picnic shelter following the morning programs. After lunch, there is an option for any interested families to tour Cheyenne Bottoms. Families will drive in their own vehicles, following one of the educators. The tour will include stopping to identify birds and wildlife along the route.
To register for the event on Oct.19, call KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 by Oct. 9.
On Oct. 23, KWEC will host fall Drop-In STEM activities in the picnic shelter. Students will have the opportunity to learn why leaves change colors and what it takes to be a bat biologist. They will create their own art inspired by the book Leaf Man.
There is no registration or fee for the activities on Oct. 23, when participants may come-and-go from noon to 4:30 p.m.
The KWEC is located 10 miles northeast of Great Bend along Kansas Highway 156 at Cheyenne Bottoms. For more information, visit wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu or call 877-243-9268.