How to Get a Map 

NOTE:  The map program is in the process of raising funds to distribute map exhibits to schools.  We encourage schools to go ahead and complete an application (see at left) to get on the list, but until funding needs are met, we cannot guarantee exhibits for all applicants and are not yet sure of our timeline for deliveries.  We will keep applicants advised of progress. 

Exhibit Cost

There is no cost to the schools. We are giving schools the exhibit - including all installation materials and accompanying educational materials - thanks to private donations to the Map Program through the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation.  We appreciate the generosity of numerous individuals and organizations (see our Our Sponsors).  
Your donations can help make this program available to more children in the Flint Hills; please see how you can 
Help Support the Program

Applying for a Map Exhibit


Schools need to complete and submit two documents to apply:

(1) Map Exhibit Application Form - choose the application form for your type of building. 

(2) School Memorandum of Understanding (PDF) - This is the same for all building types. 
Terms include:

  • Placing the 48” by 48” exhibit in a prominent, highly visible location in the school
  • Displaying exhibit for a minimum of 5 years
  • Holding a Dedication Ceremony to recognize sponsors

What Is the Flint Hills Map Exhibit?

A 48-inch by 48-inch, museum-quality, wall-mounted exhibit protected by UV-resistant and scratch-resistant plexiglass facing.

Sections that are the SAME on all Map Exhibits:

Specialized Flint Hills Region Map (left side)

    • Displays remaining tallgrass prairie areas (last 4% in America)
    • “You Are Here” arrow - custom-mounted to show each school’s location for students to touch and experience their location on the map
    • Flint Hills Region in bold color and identified with dual boundaries: physiological (underlying land forms) and ecological (natural communities). The non-Flint Hills background is faded in color.
    • Textured with hill-shading of elevations
    • Rivers and streams, towns, county lines, county seats and highways
    • Areas of public access to tallgrass prairie
    • Map Legend explaining all symbols, features, scale, etc.  Directional Compass Rose.

Critical Facts: Flint Hills Are the Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie (lower right side)

    • Basic information about rarity of remaining tallgrass prairie
    • Website address - portal to dynamic learning program

Locator Map (lower right side)

  • Shows Flint Hills within North American context of the three historic prairies: short, mixed, and tallgrass

Section of map exhibit - in THREE DIFFERENT VERSIONS:

Art & Text On Educational Side Panel (upper right side)

  • Three different original color illustrations attract young viewers to the display and enhance accompanying educational text designed for the following three age-curriculum levels:  Elementary, Middle, and High School/College.
  • Elementary School Exhibit - Identifies the four warm season Flint Hills tallgrasses, describing plant characteristics and root systems, all within scenic beauty of cattle and pastures
Flint Hills Elementary School Exhibit
  • Middle School Exhibit - describes four earth cycles in the Flint Hills: rock, water, carbon, and nitrogen, within a geologic landscape vibrant with wildlife

Middle School Exhibit

Middle School Exhibit Flint Hills
  • High School/College Exhibit - emphasizes human relationships to the Flint Hills region: presents themes of history, culture, economics, land management, conservation, art, beauty and recreation alongside iconic visual images leading the viewer through time

High School/College Exhibit

High School Flint Hills Exhibit

What About Multi-Level School Buildings (i.e. K-12, Jr-Sr) and Colleges?

We have detailed recommendations and options for combined-level buildings, i.e. K-12, Junior-Senior High and for colleges. For an explanation, please view the special application order form (PDF) for multi-level buildings (K-12, Jr-Sr) and colleges

Interest for All Ages

The exhibits were designed to accompany standard curriculum at each level, and to provide a cumulative breadth of information about the Flint Hills. However, each contains information of value to all age levels. None would be too simple for older audiences. i.e. the Elementary and Middle School exhibits would be quite informative to high school, college, and adult audiences. However, the High School version might be difficult for Elementary levels simply due to its greater portion of text and higher reading level.