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Flint Hills Map Program Featured at MES

posted Nov 3, 2016, 8:38 AM by website team   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 8:38 AM ]
A grass-roots group of over 40 people including well-known, respected experts on the region have been working together to produce this place-based education program. All share a passion for the Flint Hills, a strong belief in the power of education, and the desire to work for a positive future for this region. Please see the Our Team list of participants on map program website at: 

This program is a project of the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation

Elementary School Exhibit (shown below) – Identifies the four warm season Flint Hills tallgrasses, describing plant characteristics and root systems, all within scenic beauty of cattle and pastures. Younger students learn the parts of a plant, experience the excitement of being able to identify the four main tallgrass prairie species, and gain appreciation of the importance of prairie root systems for plant survival. Students learn how cattle grazing is the way humans can acquire food from the prairie ecosystem, is the basis for much of our Flint Hills economy, and is one of the three critical factors that maintain the prairie ecosystem (climate, fire, grazing).