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EARTH Partnership for Schools Summer Institute
Monday, June 5 through Friday, June 9, 2017

Earth Partnership for Schools (EPS) is making its ever‐growing mark in Kansas. The message is clear get kids outside and in touch with their natural surroundings and teach them about the prairie and natural history of Kansas.

Learn to engage your students in the process of prairie gardening on school grounds, earn three hours of graduate credit, take home an extensive curriculum, eat good food for a week, and have a fun and meaningful experience at the Dyck Arboretum! This 40-hour institute for school teachers and staff will train you in the award-winning Earth Partnership for Schools (EPS) Program that you can share with your students and colleagues for years to come.

See the Dyck Arboretum website for details and how to enroll.

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Discovery Boxes are available for check-out within the Wichita area.   Each box is full of printed and hands-on materials.  Boxes are checked out for two weeks.  (Exception:  The Kansas Box may only be checked out for one week in the month of January.)  Call Rebecca Matrow at 683-5499 x108 to make a reservation, or email her at

Click here to download the Discovery Box brochure Click the icon for our Discovery Box brochure, or if you want to know what is in each box, you may download the contents checklists by using the links next to each title below. (On a Windows system, download the file by right-clicking on the link and choose "Save Target As" to save it to your hard drive, then open it from there.)  Three boxes have duplicates.  The contents are slightly different for each one.

Boxes available are:


Beaver Click here to download the Beaver Box checklist


Birds #1 Click here to download the Birds1 Box checklist #2 Click here to download the Birds2 Box checklist


Elk Click here to download the Elk Box checklist


Insects Click here to download the Insects Box checklist


Kansas #1  Click here to download the Kansas1 Box checklist  #2 Click here to download the Kansas2 Box checklist


Skins, Skulls & Tracks
Click here to download the SST1 Box checklist   #2 Click here to download the SST2 Box checklist


Trees Click here to download the Tree Box checklist


Tree Cookies Click here to download the Tree Cookie Box checklist

Check out the links to Environmental Education web sites below!


Project Learning Tree
- A multi-disciplinary Environmental Education program, focusing on plants and trees in particular as aids in environmental education.

Project WILD and WILD Aquatic
- Companion programs to Project Learning Tree, focusing on wildlife.

Project WET
- This program focuses on aquatic habitats.

Leopold Educational Project
- The Leopold Education Project is an interdisciplinary conservation curriculum based on the classic writings of renowned conservationist, Aldo Leopold.

The State coordinator for PLT, WILD, WET and LEP in Kansas is:
Melissa Arthur
Education Programs & Outreach Director
Kansas Association for Conservation & Environmental Education (KACEE)
Phone: (785) 597-5452

Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE)
- hosts an annual training workshop in the fall.  Wide membership from government, the private sector and the E.E. community.
Write:   KACEE, 2610 Claflin Rd., Manhattan KS 66502-2743
Call:   (785) 532-3322
Fax:  (785) 532-3305
Email: Laura Downey

Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS)
- Hosts an annual training workshop in the spring.  It is a state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association. Check the website for current contact information.

Kansas Association of Biological Teachers (KABT)
-  Fall meeting, spring field trip, Internet listserve, newsletter, regional workshops & seminars and The Kansas Biology Teacher journal. Check the website for current contact information.

National Association for Interpretation
- The professional organization for the interpretive field. 
The web site for the regional section (Region 6) for the southern Great Plains area may be reached by clicking here.

E E Link
- A website devoted to environmental education links on the internet. 
It is maintained by the North American Association for Environmental Education, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has an online listing of EE resources.

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Last revision: 07/05/2017

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Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200             Call:  316-683-5499            Fax:  316-688-9555