On Exhibit: Great Plains - America's Lingering Wild

Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild, The Photography of Michael Forsberg, September 23-January

Prairie Chicken in a field at dawn

September 23, 2023 - January 7, 2024

Discover the beauty and majesty of America’s Great Plains in the work of award-winning photographer Michael Forsberg. Traveling 100,000 miles over four years, Forsberg crisscrossed the Plains from Canada to Mexico, capturing the wildlife, habitats, and conservation challenges in the heart of the continent.

Originally a book project, Forsberg set out to capture what some outside observers call "flyover country" in an attempt to bring attention to and build appreciation for this often-overlooked region. Inspiring, informative, and timely – the exhibit is a love letter to this endangered ecosystem.

On Friday, November 3, join Forsberg at the Discovery Center for a private tour with a VIP Gallery Walk and a public presentation during which he will share the story of the dedicated people working to keep the wild prairie alive. His presentation will reflect deeply on this human-landscape relationship in the tallgrass prairie of the Flint Hills of Kansas and across the prairie of North America.

Great Plains features:

  • 60 full color photographs highlighting the Southern Plains, Northern Plains, and Tallgrass Prairie regions
  • Insights and behind-the-scenes information from Michael Forsberg
  • Maps and diagrams of the Great Plains

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting sponsors

Visit Manhattan Kansas logo
Kansas Tourism logo
Evergy Logo
FHDC Foundation logo

Bison level sponsors

  • Carl and Mary Ice
  • Carolyn S. Kruse Foundation
Capitol Federal
WTC Fiber logo

Bobcat level sponsors

  • Joe and Robin Edmunds
  • Michael Stubbs
  • Mitchel and Susan Adams

Prairie Chicken level sponsors

  • Hot Times in the Heartland from Prairie Hollow Productions
  • Cheryl Blake
  • Jane Koger
  • John and Karen McCulloh
  • John and Marlyn Walters
  • Johnson County Pheasant Forever/Quail Forever
  • Jonathan Mertz
  • Martin and Susan Rose
  • SNW Gallery & Custom Frames

Monarch level sponsors

  • Black History Trail and Geary County Prairie Heritage, Inc.
  • Bob and Donna Becker
  • Carolyn Gresser
  • Dwight and Marla Day
  • Ed and Sil Pembleton
  • In memory of J'Ranee Bre-anna Thomas
  • Norman and Mary Alice Schlesener
  • The Crenshaws, Shamrock Farms
  • The Prewitt Family
  • V. Marie Martin
  • Warren and Phyllis Slocombe