MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - The Sunset Zoo and the Flint Hills Discovery Center are joining forces to provide a unique and enhanced experience for kids when school is not in session.
This first day of Adventure Camps kicked off Monday morning at the Flint Hills Discovery center, where kids from around the area joined together for an afternoon of fun and learning.
"I’ve learned that these type of rocks that we have in there, that Indians would use them for knives and stuff," said Carys Carver. "There’s a lot of fossils and rocks that can be used for different things and there’s these, like, sponge things that all mash together."
While the camps serve primarily as an educational tool, the various events also help introduce a new audience to the Discovery Center.
"Well it’s awesome," said Tyler Machor. "I’ve been here a lot before for a field trip and just around. It’s fun here."
The events are split into two groups of kindergarten through second grade and third to sixth grade. Together, kids have the chance to travel back in time to explore the history, geology, and fossils that makes the Flint Hills special.
"Well the Flint Hills is very unique," said Education Specialist Caitlin Luttjohann. "We’re the last tallgrass prairie in the world and we’re trying to teach everyone to preserve it, take care of it, and that sort of thing. So if we can get these kids excited about the Flint Hills we can hopefully have them conserve it and take care of it as well."
Different events will take place from now until January 20th at the Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo.