Name of organisation
Kansas Wetlands Education Center
State funds and Fort Hays State University – Werth College of Science, Technology and Mathematics
Number of staff
6 Full Time, 5 part time grad students
Number of visitors per year
24,000 Contacts (8,000 drop-in visitors, 13,000 in programs)
Overall aims of the centre
Educating the public about wetland communities, their importance, and need for conservation and restoration with an emphasis on Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira NWR.
Description of the centre
Exhibit Hall, Auditorium, Classroom, Research Laboratory, Live animal exhibits, nature trail, multi-purpose shelter, Bunkhouse, 12 passenger van – actual wetland is 41,000 acres
Main CEPA work area
Public and Educational Programming
Top three successes
Visit more area schools and classrooms at least once annually, offer summer day camps, hold special events throughout the year
Top three challenges
Currently working to change our static, text heavy exhibits into interactive displays, getting more drop-in visitors
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre
Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools.
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