Visitors have a unique chance to observe the largest inland marsh of the United States and stroll through state-of-the-art interactive exhibits in two of Great Bend's proudest sites - the Wetlands and the Brit Spaugh Zoo.
Step through the doors and begin a fascinating journey into the natural world. You will be astonished by the vibrant gallery featuring state-of-the art exhibits, displays, interactive learning stations, and a colorful mural featuring birds of prey. Among the exhibits and displays, you will find a depiction of an eagle's nest, a raptor's eye view of the zoo, and a wing span chart to see where you measure up to various raptors.
The center's main goal is to rehabilitate birds of all types while specializing in eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. It is a temporary sanctuary for injured raptors and other birds. Some problems these birds face include high line-wire injuries, gunshot wounds, poisoning, bacterial infections, and mammal trap injuries. The goal is to return these patients to the wild after medical treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery.
Admission is always FREE! Call the Raptor Center at 620-793-4226 for additional information.
Kansas Wetlands Education Center
The KWEC overlooks Cheyenne Bottoms, the largest inland marsh in the United States and a Ramsar-designated "Wetland of International Importance." The exhibits tell the story of Cheyenne Bottoms, from the geological formation to the management challenges of the future. Discover the magnificence of these wetlands and the animals living here through interactive learning stations.
The perfect educational program is available for all ages, whether you are looking for a fun and educational activity to do as a family or a group seeking to discover the wonders of the wetlands. Submerge yourself in the wetland experience by walking to the observation point. Naturalists will be on hand to enhance your visit and answer any questions.
Want to take a tours of Cheyenne Bottoms? Van tours are offered daily. While traveling the roads and dikes, you may see American Avocets, Dowitchers, thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl, and during migration seasons, you may even catch a glimpse of the endangered whooping crane.
Check the Calendar of Events for upcoming programs at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.
A gift shop and traveler information is also available. Admission is FREE. Call 620-566-1456 for additional information.
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