Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Sign them up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center summer programs held Thursdays in July, from July 10 through July 24.
Developed for children ages four through sixth grade, one-hour programs will be offered at no charge, with age breakdowns of four to seven meeting from 10 to 11 a.m. and eight to 12 meeting from 2 to 3 p.m. Children age seven and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Programs include lots of hands-on learning, with trips outside if at all possible. Please dress children in old clothes and shoes and bring sunscreen, insect repellant and water. Each program will include activities, games and/or a craft and sometimes a story. Programs are presented at no charge, but donations for supplies are appreciated.
There is no minimum number for programs but the maximum capacity is 20 per class. Pre-registration is required by calling the Center at 620-566-7456 or toll free, 877-243-9268. Registration deadlines are one week before the class.
Programs, dates and registration deadlines are listed below.
“Marsh Munchies” - July 10 (register by July 7)
Wetlands provide food for many animals, including humans. After investigating food items provided by a marsh, children will sample some dishes featuring marsh foods and collect mint from the KWEC garden to make their own food dish.
“Flower Power ” - July 17 (register by July 14)
Explore the different flowers in the KWEC garden and fields, collect flowers and learn how to preserve them to brighten dark winter days. Participants will make a dried flower craft.
“Caterpillar Capers” -July 24 (register by July 21)
Commerating the 45th anniversary of the children’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” children will discover the variety of moth and butterfly caterpillars and their unique ways of protecting themselves. We’ll go on a “caterpillar hunt” and make a caterpillar craft.