Posted Date: 11/30/2016
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 www.flinthillsdiscovery.org/map or contact Annie Wilson at 620.273.8301.