Kansas Wetlands Education Center






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Name of organisation

Kansas Wetlands Education Center

Funding support

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

Work Areas

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


Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

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.


Mandy Kern, 592 NE 2-156 HWY, Great Bend, KS 67530

Website address:  http://wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu

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