Flint Hills Discovery Center Holds Inaugural Flint Hills Day

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - On a beautiful afternoon in Manhattan things were booming at the Flint Hills Discovery Center as people from around the state and nation joined to learn about the rich heritage of the flint hills region and the Kaw Nation.

Activities in the Blue Earth Plaza began Saturday morning with the Run for the Hills fun run and were followed by a geocaching event from 10 to noon.

Special attractions inside the Flint Hills Discovery Center included birds of prey from Milford Nature Center, Kaw Nation displays and activities, folk tunes by acoustic rock group “The Skirts,” and much more.

"We think that when they complete their visit today like they do any day, but especially today with the great programs that we have going on that they’ll just have another look, another aspect, another appreciation for the flint hills," said Discovery Center Director Fred Goss. "See it in a different way and helping us preserve it and tell more people about it to come and enjoy it and keep it for future generations."

Months of planning and preparation were put into the event, which in its first year turned out to be a success from the start. The Flint Hills Discovery Center as well as the City of Manhattan hope Flint Hills Day can become a staple event in the community every spring.

"We see this as the beginning of an annual event that will take place year after year, said Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Karen Hibbard. "Maybe have a different look each year, but certainly will be a place that people are going to mark that on their map to come to Manhattan to the Flint Hills Discovery Center to see all there is to see and do."

The night was capped off with a special dancing of the Kaw Nation in Blue Earth Plaza.