Nature Explorers Jr.

Enjoy nature with us in the Outdoor Classroom! Get hands-on and up close to the true treasures of the Flint Hills.

Nature Explorers Jr. is a new program for youth ages 5-15 with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers.  Each session explores a fun environmental topic with this audience in mind.  We will explore nature in an environment that is kind, inclusive, and caring.

This program is free, but pre-registration is required under the youth’s name. Caregivers attend with participants. In the event of unfavorable weather, Nature Explorers Jr. will be moved indoors at the Discovery Center.

Pre-registration is required either online, by phone at 785-587-2726 or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.


Date Time Theme Description
October 9 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Rocks and Fossils What's beneath our feet? We will explore different kinds of soil, handle real fossils of ancient sea life and see how clay can become beautiful pots. 
November 13 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Learning about Reptiles Reptiles are slick and scaly but can be friendly and fun! We'll meet our Ornate Box Turtle and Hognose Snake to learn about animal behavior before we handle them up close. 

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