Giving Opportunities

The Flint Hills Discovery Center is a $24.5 million dollar project of the City of Manhattan. Its Grand Opening on April 14, 2012 was a landmark event with almost 3,000 visitors on the first day of operations.


Construction of the building was funded through Sales Tax Revenue (STAR) Bonds, issued by the State of Kansas and repaid by a portion of the sales tax collected within the downtown redevelopment district. During planning, the City of Manhattan made the decision to produce the best exhibits to create this engaging learning center and a major new tourism attraction.

Contributions to the Building a Sense of Place Campaign help to off-set the $6 million commitment to exhibit development and fabrication that make the Flint Hills Discovery Center a learning and tourism destination. Your donation will also help maintain and replace exhibits in the future.

This is a project of our region, for our region, to celebrate our region. Your gift makes you a part of our legacy - inspiring everyone to learn about, explore and care for the Flint Hills - the last major stand of tallgrass prairie.

For more information, please email the City of Manhattan.