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USD 385 Granted New Flint Hills Map & Education Program

Posted Date: 11/30/2016

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Andover Central High School, Andover High School, Andover Central Middle School, Andover Middle School, Cottonwood, Meadowlark, Prairie Creek, Robert Martin, Sunflower and Wheatland Elementarys were granted an online Flint Hills-based education program funded by private donations through the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation. With the program, they also received large, wall-mounted maps of the Flint Hills prairie.

Created by a grass roots team of Flint Hills teachers, scientists, ranchers and experts, the program’s goal is to “deepen students’ knowledge, pride and commitment to their remarkable place in the world – the Kansas Flint Hills – the last 4% of tallgrass prairie in North America,” says Project Director Emily Hunter Connell.  

In addition to the exhibits, the program offers over 250 place-based learning activities on the Flint Hills Discovery Center website – designed to help teachers answer that universal student question: “What does this have to do with me?”  Projects connect learning to students’ own lives and place, immersing them in Iocal culture, heritage, landscape, and ecology as a foundation for language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, etc.  

Many activities explore local economic and entrepreneurial opportunities – ways to build careers in the Flint Hills, enabling communities to retain young families and leaders.

For more information and to see a list of sponsors and partners, see or contact Annie Wilson at 620.273.8301.