Kansas Connections

kansas connectionsTurn your classroom into a fun learning environment with these free programs. Over 40 programs on animals, science, math, language and fine art, or social studies.

To arrange a program for your classroom, submit a request online or give Sandra Hestand a call at 580-4591.

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Program List

Kindergarten

Animals

Fascinating Foxes!

A story and informational program about the coolest animal around town! Explore the fox with interesting facts, pictures and hands on materials. (45 minute program)

Fur, Feathers, Scales and Tails

Explore the five vertebrate animal classes. Learn the basics of each group and which animals live in Kansas. A live animal visits the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Going Buggy

Explore the world of bugs. Find out where they live, what they eat and how they grow. Live insects visit the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

It’s for the Birds!

Learn to identify some of our local feathered friends and make a simple bird snack to take home for your own backyard. (30 – 45 minute program)

Kansas Symbols Storytime

Learn about your state symbols in this fun, informative, and engaging storytime that your students will love. (30 – 45 minute program)

Slithering Snakes

Explore the scaly world of snakes. Learn where they live, what they eat and how they grow. A live snake visits the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Science

The Earth, Moon, and Sun

Take a closer look at these three celestial places and how they work together in our solar system. (30 minute program)

Math

Show Me The Money

Ch-Ching! Discover the world of money. From bartering and cowry shells to paper money and credit cards. History, fun facts, and money management help teach the value of the dollar. (30 – 45 minute program)

Arts

Kansas Artists

Look at the art of a famous Kansas Artist and create an artwork inspired by one of the following:

  • Aaron Douglas – painting with colors (45 – 60 minute program)
  • John Stuart Curry – Drawing lines with oil pastels (45 – 60 minute program)
  • Birger Sandzen – Printmaking with shapes (45 – 60 minute program)

Storybook Adventure

Delightful stories designed to encourage imagination and support concepts taught in class. Storybook time is always a big hit! (30 – 45 minute program)

Written & Illustrated By…

Each Written & Illustrated By program educates students about famous authors or illustrators and gives them an opportunity to create artwork inspired by one of the following:

  • Leo Lionni-fun animal stories, collage (30 – 45 minute program)
  • Bill Martin, Jr.-Kansas author, bookmarks (30 – 45 minute program)
1st Grade

Animals

Amazing Animal Engineers

Designing, fixing and improving habitats for survival. Find out how animals build shelters to protect themselves from predators and extreme weather. A live animal will visit the classroom. (45 minute program)

Bison-Not Buffalo (Available Second Semester 2019 Only) 

Discover the difference between bison and buffalo. Learn about this amazing animal through images, artifacts and fascinating facts. (50 minute program)

Break the Code

Interpret animal language to figure who’s in danger, who’s the boss and who likes whom. A live animal visits the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Fascinating Foxes!

A story and informational program about the coolest animal around town! Explore the fox with interesting facts, pictures and hands on materials. (45 minute program)

Fur, Feathers, Scales and Tails

Explore the five vertebrate animal classes. Learn the basics of each group and which animals live in Kansas. A live animal visits the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Going Buggy

Explore the world of bugs. Find out where they live, what they eat and how they grow. Live insects visit the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Honey Bees!

Get the buzz on bees! Learn about bee anatomy, honey-making, and why bees are so important to life on Earth. (45 – 60 minute program)

It’s for the Birds!

Learn to identify some of our local feathered friends and make a simple bird snack to take home for your own backyard. (30 – 45 minute program)

Kansas Symbols

Get acquainted with our state symbols. Learn fun, interesting facts through our hands-on live animal program. (30 – 45 minute program)

Slithering Snakes

Explore the scaly world of snakes. Learn where they live, what they eat and how they grow. A live snake visits the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Something to Owl about!

From egg to owlet to fierce birds of prey, this program offers an insightful look at these amazing creatures of the night. (30 minute program)

Science

The Earth, Moon, and Sun

Take a closer look at these three celestial places and how they work together in our solar system. (30 – 45 minute program)

Rocks and Fossils (Available Second Semester 2019 Only) 

Explore the types of rocks and fossils and how they form. Take a look at what makes rocks important to us today. (25 minute program)

Math

Show Me The Money

Ch-Ching! Discover the world of money. From bartering and cowry shells to paper money and credit cards. History, fun facts, and money management help teach the value of the dollar. (30 – 45 minute program)

Arts

Kansas Artists

Look at the art of a famous Kansas Artist and create an artwork inspired by one of the following:

  • Aaron Douglas – painting with colors (45 – 60 minute program)
  • John Stuart Curry – Drawing lines with oil pastels (45 – 60 minute program)
  • Birger Sandzen – Printmaking with shapes (45 – 60 minute program)

Poetry Party (Available Second Semester 2019 Only) 

Hear and see poetry that makes you smile. Get into the act with words, actions and your own imagination. Get friendly with all kinds of poems. (25 minute program)

Storybook Adventure

Delightful stories designed to encourage imagination and support concepts taught in class. Storybook time is always a big hit! (30 – 45 minute program)

Written & Illustrated By…

Each Written & Illustrated By program educates students about famous authors or illustrators and gives them an opportunity to create artwork inspired by one of the following:

  • Leo Lionni-fun animal stories, collage (30 – 45 minute program)
  • Bill Martin, Jr.-Kansas author, bookmarks (30 – 45 minute program)
2nd Grade

Animals

Amazing Animal Engineers

Designing, fixing and improving habitats for survival. Find out how animals build shelters to protect themselves from predators and extreme weather. A live animal will visit the classroom. (45 minute program)

Bison-Not Buffalo (Available Second Semester 2019 Only) 

Discover the difference between bison and buffalo. Learn about this amazing animal through images, artifacts and fascinating facts. (50 minute program)

Break the Code

Interpret animal language to figure who’s in danger, who’s the boss and who likes whom. A live animal visits the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Fascinating Foxes!

A story and informational program about the coolest animal around town! Explore the fox with interesting facts, pictures and hands on materials. (45 minute program)

Going Buggy

Explore the world of bugs. Find out where they live, what they eat and how they grow. Live insects visit the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Honey Bees!

Get the buzz on bees! Learn about bee anatomy, honey-making, and why bees are so important to life on Earth. (45 – 60 minute program)

It’s for the Birds!

Learn to identify some of our local feathered friends and make a simple bird snack to take home for your own backyard. (30 – 45 minute program)

Jayhawk & Wildcat

Hear a brief history of the Kansas University and Kansas State mascots and learn about their animal namesakes. (30 – 45 minute program)

Kansas Animals and Their Habitats

Learn what makes up an animal’s habitat. Explore three habitats we have in Kansas and the animals found there. A live animal visits the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Kansas Symbols

Get acquainted with our state symbols. Learn fun, interesting facts through our hands-on live animal program. (30 – 45 minute program)

Slithering Snakes

Explore the scaly world of snakes. Learn where they live, what they eat and how they grow. A live snake visits the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Something to Owl about!

From egg to owlet to fierce birds of prey, this program offers an insightful look at these amazing creatures of the night. (30 minute program)

Science

Blow-the-Lid-Off Science

Kablam! Take cover as science happens with explosive results. Basic scientific principles will be covered in easy, try-it-at home experiments. (45 – 60 minute program)

‘Dem Bones!

Our bone expert takes you on a tour of the skeletal system and shares why bones are important. (60 minute program)

Dinosaurs!

Millions of years ago dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Now they rule the classroom! Learn fun facts about these “thunder lizards.” (45 – 60 minute program)

The Earth, Moon, and Sun

Take a closer look at these three celestial places and how they work together in our solar system. (30 – 45 minute program)

Rocks and Fossils (Available Second Semester 2019 Only) 

Explore the types of rocks and fossils and how they form. Take a look at what makes rocks important to us today. (25 minute program)

Math

Show Me The Money

Ch-Ching! Discover the world of money. From bartering and cowry shells to paper money and credit cards. History, fun facts, and money management help teach the value of the dollar. (30 – 45 minute program)

Arts

Comic Books: A Super Brief History

Kids love super heroes, but who are these characters and where do they come from? We’ll explore the history of comic books and how they fit into our culture. (45 – 60 minute program)

Kansas Artists

Look at the art of a famous Kansas Artist and create an artwork inspired by one of the following:

  • Aaron Douglas – painting with colors (45 – 60 minute program)
  • John Stuart Curry – Drawing lines with oil pastels (45 – 60 minute program)
  • Birger Sandzen – Printmaking with shapes (45 – 60 minute program)

Poetry Party (Available Second Semester 2019 Only) 

Hear and see poetry that makes you smile. Get into the act with words, actions and your own imagination. Get friendly with all kinds of poems. (25 minute program)

Storybook Adventure

Delightful stories designed to encourage imagination and support concepts taught in class. Storybook time is always a big hit! (30 – 45 minute program)

Written & Illustrated By…

Each Written & Illustrated By program educates students about famous authors or illustrators and gives them an opportunity to create artwork inspired by one of the following:

  • Leo Lionni-fun animal stories, collage (30 – 45 minute program)
  • Bill Martin, Jr.-Kansas author, bookmarks (30 – 45 minute program)
3rd Grade

Animals

Amazing Animal Engineers

Designing, fixing and improving habitats for survival. Find out how animals build shelters to protect themselves from predators and extreme weather. A live animal will visit the classroom. (45 minute program)

Bison-Not Buffalo (Available Second Semester 2019 Only) 

Discover the difference between bison and buffalo. Learn about this amazing animal through images, artifacts and fascinating facts. (50 minute program)

Break the Code

Interpret animal language to figure who’s in danger, who’s the boss and who likes whom. A live animal visits the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Honey Bees!

Get the buzz on bees! Learn about bee anatomy, honey-making, and why bees are so important to life on Earth. (45 – 60 minute program)

Jayhawk & Wildcat

Hear a brief history of the Kansas University and Kansas State mascots and learn about their animal namesakes. (30 – 45 minute program)

Kansas Animals and Their Habitats

Learn what makes up an animal’s habitat. Explore three habitats we have in Kansas and the animals found there. A live animal visits the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Kansas Animals Endangered!

Learn about Kansas animals that need help and those that have made an amazing comeback. A live animal visits your classroom. (45 minute program)

Kansas Symbols

Get acquainted with our state symbols. Learn fun, interesting facts through our hands-on live animal program. (30 – 45 minute program)

Slithering Snakes

Explore the scaly world of snakes. Learn where they live, what they eat and how they grow. A live snake visits the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Something to Owl about!

From egg to owlet to fierce birds of prey, this program offers an insightful look at these amazing creatures of the night. (30 minute program)

Science

Blow-the-Lid-Off Science

Kablam! Take cover as science happens with explosive results. Basic scientific principles will be covered in easy, try-it-at home experiments. (45 – 60 minute program)

‘Dem Bones!

Our bone expert takes you on a tour of the skeletal system and shares why bones are important. (60 minute program)

Dinosaurs!

Millions of years ago dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Now they rule the classroom! Learn fun facts about these “thunder lizards.” (45 – 60 minute program)

The Earth, Moon, and Sun

Take a closer look at these three celestial places and how they work together in our solar system. (30 – 45 minute program)

Rocks and Fossils (Available Second Semester 2019 Only) 

Explore the types of rocks and fossils and how they form. Take a look at what makes rocks important to us today. (25 minute program)

Math

Show Me The Money

Ch-Ching! Discover the world of money. From bartering and cowry shells to paper money and credit cards. History, fun facts, and money management help teach the value of the dollar. (30 – 45 minute program)

Arts

Comic Books: A Super Brief History

Kids love super heroes, but who are these characters and where do they come from? We’ll explore the history of comic books and how they fit into our culture. (45 – 60 minute program)

Kansas Artists

Each Kansas Artist program educates students about a famous artist with a PowerPoint and gives them an opportunity to create artwork inspired by one of the following:

  • Aaron Douglas – painting a value landscape (45 – 60 minute program)
  • John Stuart Curry – drawing with oil pastels (45 – 60 minute program)
  • Gordon Parks – cut paper Notans (45 – 60 minute program)
  • Birger Sandzen – printmaking (45 – 60 minute program)

Poetry Party (Available Second Semester 2019 Only) 

Hear and see poetry that makes you smile. Get into the act with words, actions and your own imagination. Get friendly with all kinds of poems. (25 minute program)

Storybook Adventure

Delightful stories designed to encourage imagination and support concepts taught in class. Storybook time is always a big hit! (30 – 45 minute program)

Written & Illustrated By…

Each Written & Illustrated By program educates students about famous authors or illustrators and gives them an opportunity to create artwork inspired by one of the following:

  • Leo Lionni-fun animal stories, collage (30 – 45 minute program)
  • Bill Martin, Jr.-Kansas author, bookmarks (30 – 45 minute program)

Social Studies

Annie Moore’s Trip to Ellis Island

Your classroom will be taken on a journey back in time where they will hear the story of Annie Moore and her family as they leave Ireland for America. Like countless others, they come by way of Ellis Island and are greeted by Lady Liberty as they forge a new way of life in the 1890s. (45 minute program)

Famous Kansans

From Amelia Earhart to Dwight Eisenhower, Gordon Parks to Russell Stover, meet famous Kansans who have left their mark on history. (45 minute program)

Original 13 Colonies

The USA began its formation between the 17th and 18th century with the Original 13 Colonies. Explore the triumphs and hardships colonists faced. (40 minute program)

Titanic

In April 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank. Revisit the disaster in the classroom and learn what life was like in 1912. (60 minute program)

4th Grade

Animals

Amazing Animal Engineers

Designing, fixing and improving habitats for survival. Find out how animals build shelters to protect themselves from predators and extreme weather. A live animal will visit the classroom. (45 minute program)

Honey Bees!

Get the buzz on bees! Learn about bee anatomy, honey-making, and why bees are so important to life on Earth. (45 – 60 minute program)

Jayhawk & Wildcat

Hear a brief history of the Kansas University and Kansas State mascots and learn about their animal namesakes. (30 – 45 minute program)

Kansas Animals and Their Habitats

Learn what makes up an animal’s habitat. Explore three habitats we have in Kansas and the animals found there. A live animal visits the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Kansas Animals Endangered!

Learn about Kansas animals that need help and those that have made an amazing comeback. A live animal visits your classroom. (45 minute program)

River Monsters 

From giant fossil sea monsters to toothed gar, Kansas has been home to some pretty scary swimmers. Learn about freaky fish of the past and present as well as the roles they play in maintaining our ecosystem. (30 – 45 minute program)

Slithering Snakes

Explore the scaly world of snakes. Learn where they live, what they eat and how they grow. A live snake visits the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Science

Blow-the-Lid-Off Science

Kablam! Take cover as science happens with explosive results. Basic scientific principles will be covered in easy, try-it-at home experiments. (45 – 60 minute program)

‘Dem Bones!

Our bone expert takes you on a tour of the skeletal system and shares why bones are important. (60 minute program)

Dinosaurs!

Millions of years ago dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Now they rule the classroom! Learn fun facts about these “thunder lizards.” (45 – 60 minute program)

Pluto’s Kansas

Planet Pluto loves Kansans!  Learn about the discovery and ongoing fascination with this dwarf planet. (45 – 60 minute program)

Arts

Comic Books: A Super Brief History

Kids love super heroes, but who are these characters and where do they come from? We’ll explore the history of comic books and how they fit into our culture. (45 – 60 minute program)

Kansas Artists

Each Kansas Artist program educates students about a famous artist with a PowerPoint and gives them an opportunity to create artwork inspired by one of the following:

  • Aaron Douglas – painting a value landscape (45 – 60 minute program)
  • John Stuart Curry – drawing with oil pastels (45 – 60 minute program)
  • Gordon Parks – cut paper Notans (45 – 60 minute program)
  • Birger Sandzen – printmaking (45 – 60 minute program)

Social Studies

Annie Moore’s Trip to Ellis Island

Your classroom will be taken on a journey back in time where they will hear the story of Annie Moore and her family as they leave Ireland for America. Like countless others, they come by way of Ellis Island and are greeted by Lady Liberty as they forge a new way of life in the 1890s. (45 minute program)

American Revolution Top 10

Learn about the Top Ten Things everyone should know about the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers, and so much more! (60 minute program)

Cave Man Days

Would you cut it as a cave man? What tools would you need in order to survive in a prehistoric world? Together we’ll explore the adaptations and innovations that kept our ancient ancestors alive. (30 – 45 minute program)

Famous Kansans

From Amelia Earhart to Dwight Eisenhower, Gordon Parks to Russell Stover, meet famous Kansans who have left their mark on history. (45 minute program)

Kansas Fossils 

What plants and animals used to call Kansas home? Let’s explore the fossils, rock formations, and artifacts that help us understand what life in our state looked like millions of years ago. We’ll also talk about where to see remnants of this fascinating past today. This is a great follow up to Kansas Natural Wonders. (30 – 45 minute program)

Kansas Trivia Challenge 

This game is a fun way to learn new facts and test recall about Kansas history, people, geography, places and wildlife. Involves student participation. (60 minute program)

Original 13 Colonies

The USA began its formation between the 17th and 18th century with the Original 13 Colonies. Explore the triumphs and hardships colonists faced. (40 minute program)

The Steamboat Arabia (Available Second Semester 2019 Only) 

Learn how important steamboat travel on the Missouri river was for pioneers and how a passion for history can spark lifelong adventure. (40 minute program)

Titanic

In April 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank. Revisit the disaster in the classroom and learn what life was like in 1912. (60 minute program)

Urban Legends

Did you hear the almost-true story that happened to a friend…of a friend…of a friend? See how these modern folktales capture the imagination. (45 – 60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Civil War Soldier

Long marches, itchy uniforms, leaky tents and smelly food. Learn what day-to-day life was like for a Civil War soldier. (60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Ancient Egypt

Pyramids, priests and so much more. Learn about what everyday life was like for everyone from the slaves to the pharaoh. (60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Ancient Rome

Fighting in the Colosseum. Pax Romana. Trips to the baths. Learn about daily life for the Roman people from Caesar to the gladiators. (60 minute program)

5th Grade

Animals

Kansas Animals Endangered!

Learn about Kansas animals that need help and those that have made an amazing comeback. A live animal visits your classroom. (45 minute program)

River Monsters 

From giant fossil sea monsters to toothed gar, Kansas has been home to some pretty scary swimmers. Learn about freaky fish of the past and present as well as the roles they play in maintaining our ecosystem. (30 – 45 minute program)

Slithering Snakes

Explore the scaly world of snakes. Learn where they live, what they eat and how they grow. A live snake visits the classroom. (30 – 45 minute program)

Science

Pluto’s Kansas

Planet Pluto loves Kansans!  Learn about the discovery and ongoing fascination with this dwarf planet. (45 – 60 minute program)

Whazzup in Space?

This Solar System Ambassador’s slide show includes a summary of space program development and an update of probes and telescopes in space. (60 minute program)

Arts

Comic Books: A Super Brief History

Kids love super heroes, but who are these characters and where do they come from? We’ll explore the history of comic books and how they fit into our culture. (45 – 60 minute program)

Kansas Artists

Each Kansas Artist program educates students about a famous artist with a PowerPoint and gives them an opportunity to create artwork inspired by one of the following:

  • Aaron Douglas – painting a value landscape (45 – 60 minute program)
  • John Stuart Curry – drawing with oil pastels (45 – 60 minute program)
  • Gordon Parks – cut paper Notans (45 – 60 minute program)
  • Birger Sandzen – printmaking (45 – 60 minute program)

Social Studies

Annie Moore’s Trip to Ellis Island

Your classroom will be taken on a journey back in time where they will hear the story of Annie Moore and her family as they leave Ireland for America. Like countless others, they come by way of Ellis Island and are greeted by Lady Liberty as they forge a new way of life in the 1890s. (45 minute program)

American Revolution Top 10

Learn about the Top Ten Things everyone should know about the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers, and so much more! (60 minute program)

Cave Man Days

Would you cut it as a cave man? What tools would you need in order to survive in a prehistoric world? Together we’ll explore the adaptations and innovations that kept our ancient ancestors alive. (30 – 45 minute program)

Famous Kansans

From Amelia Earhart to Dwight Eisenhower, Gordon Parks to Russell Stover, meet famous Kansans who have left their mark on history. (45 minute program)

Kansas Natural Wonders

Learn what rocks and landforms tell us about the geologic history of the state. See the wonders of the landscape in a slide show trip across Kansas. (45 – 60 minute program)

Kansas Fossils

What plants and animals used to call Kansas home? Let’s explore the fossils, rock formations, and artifacts that help us understand what life in our state looked like millions of years ago. We’ll also talk about where to see remnants of this fascinating past today. This is a great follow up to Kansas Natural Wonders. (30 – 45 minute program)

Kansas Trivia Challenge 

This game is a fun way to learn new facts and test recall about Kansas history, people, geography, places and wildlife. Involves student participation. (60 minute program)

Original 13 Colonies

The USA began its formation between the 17th and 18th century with the Original 13 Colonies. Explore the triumphs and hardships colonists faced. (40 minute program)

The Steamboat Arabia (Available Second Semester 2019 Only) 

Learn how important steamboat travel on the Missouri river was for pioneers and how a passion for history can spark lifelong adventure. (40 minute program)

Titanic

In April 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank. Revisit the disaster in the classroom and learn what life was like in 1912. (60 minute program)

Urban Legends

Did you hear the almost-true story that happened to a friend…of a friend…of a friend? See how these modern folktales capture the imagination. (45 – 60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Civil War Soldier

Long marches, itchy uniforms, leaky tents and smelly food. Learn what day-to-day life was like for a Civil War soldier. (60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Ancient Egypt

Pyramids, priests and so much more. Learn about what everyday life was like for everyone from the slaves to the pharaoh. (60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Ancient Rome

Fighting in the Colosseum. Pax Romana. Trips to the baths. Learn about daily life for the Roman people from Caesar to the gladiators. (60 minute program)

6th Grade

Animals

Kansas Animals Endangered!

Learn about Kansas animals that need help and those that have made an amazing comeback. A live animal visits your classroom. (45 minute program)

River Monsters

From giant fossil sea monsters to toothed gar, Kansas has been home to some pretty scary swimmers. Learn about freaky fish of the past and present as well as the roles they play in maintaining our ecosystem. (30 – 45 minute program)

Science

Pluto’s Kansas

Planet Pluto loves Kansans!  Learn about the discovery and ongoing fascination with this dwarf planet. (45 – 60 minute program)

Whazzup in Space?

This Solar System Ambassador’s slide show includes a summary of space program development and an update of probes and telescopes in space. 60 minute program)

Arts

Comic Books: A Super Brief History

Kids love super heroes, but who are these characters and where do they come from? We’ll explore the history of comic books and how they fit into our culture. (45 – 60 minute program)

Social Studies

American Revolution Top 10

Learn about the Top Ten Things everyone should know about the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers, and so much more! (60 minute program)

Cave Man Days

Would you cut it as a cave man? What tools would you need in order to survive in a prehistoric world? Together we’ll explore the adaptations and innovations that kept our ancient ancestors alive. (30 – 45 minute program)

Famous Kansans

From Amelia Earhart to Dwight Eisenhower, Gordon Parks to Russell Stover, meet famous Kansans who have left their mark on history. (45 minute program)

Kansas Natural Wonders

Learn what rocks and landforms tell us about the geologic history of the state. See the wonders of the landscape in a slide show trip across Kansas. (45 – 60 minute program)

Kansas Fossils

What plants and animals used to call Kansas home? Let’s explore the fossils, rock formations, and artifacts that help us understand what life in our state looked like millions of years ago. We’ll also talk about where to see remnants of this fascinating past today. This is a great follow up to Kansas Natural Wonders. (30 – 45 minute program)

Kansas Trivia Challenge 

This game is a fun way to learn new facts and test recall about Kansas history, people, geography, places and wildlife. Involves student participation. (60 minute program)

Original 13 Colonies

The USA began its formation between the 17th and 18th century with the Original 13 Colonies. Explore the triumphs and hardships colonists faced. (40 minute program)

The Steamboat Arabia (Available Second Semester 2019 Only) 

Learn how important steamboat travel on the Missouri river was for pioneers and how a passion for history can spark lifelong adventure. (40 minute program)

Titanic

In April 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank. Revisit the disaster in the classroom and learn what life was like in 1912. (60 minute program)

Urban Legends

Did you hear the almost-true story that happened to a friend…of a friend…of a friend? See how these modern folktales capture the imagination. (45 – 60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Civil War Soldier

Long marches, itchy uniforms, leaky tents and smelly food. Learn what day-to-day life was like for a Civil War soldier. (60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Ancient Egypt

Pyramids, priests and so much more. Learn about what everyday life was like for everyone from the slaves to the pharaoh. (60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Ancient Rome

Fighting in the Colosseum. Pax Romana. Trips to the baths. Learn about daily life for the Roman people from Caesar to the gladiators. (60 minute program)

7th Grade

Animals

River Monsters

From giant fossil sea monsters to toothed gar, Kansas has been home to some pretty scary swimmers. Learn about freaky fish of the past and present as well as the roles they play in maintaining our ecosystem. (30 – 45 minute program)

Science

Pluto’s Kansas

Planet Pluto loves Kansans!  Learn about the discovery and ongoing fascination with this dwarf planet. (45 – 60 minute program)

Whazzup in Space?

This Solar System Ambassador’s slide show includes a summary of space program development and an update of probes and telescopes in space. (60 minute program)

Arts

Comic Books: A Super Brief History

Kids love super heroes, but who are these characters and where do they come from? We’ll explore the history of comic books and how they fit into our culture. (45 – 60 minute program)

Social Studies

American Revolution Top 10

Learn about the Top Ten Things everyone should know about the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers, and so much more! (60 minute program)

Cave Man Days

Would you cut it as a cave man? What tools would you need in order to survive in a prehistoric world? Together we’ll explore the adaptations and innovations that kept our ancient ancestors alive. (30 – 45 minute program)

Famous Kansans

From Amelia Earhart to Dwight Eisenhower, Gordon Parks to Russell Stover, meet famous Kansans who have left their mark on history. (45 minute program)

Kansas Natural Wonders

Learn what rocks and landforms tell us about the geologic history of the state. See the wonders of the landscape in a slide show trip across Kansas. (45 – 60 minute program)

Kansas Fossils

What plants and animals used to call Kansas home? Let’s explore the fossils, rock formations, and artifacts that help us understand what life in our state looked like millions of years ago. We’ll also talk about where to see remnants of this fascinating past today. This is a great follow up to Kansas Natural Wonders. (30 – 45 minute program)

Kansas Trivia Challenge 

This game is a fun way to learn new facts and test recall about Kansas history, people, geography, places and wildlife. Involves student participation. (60 minute program)

The Steamboat Arabia (Available Second Semester 2019 Only) 

Learn how important steamboat travel on the Missouri river was for pioneers and how a passion for history can spark lifelong adventure. (40 minute program)

Titanic

In April 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank. Revisit the disaster in the classroom and learn what life was like in 1912. (60 minute program)

Urban Legends

Did you hear the almost-true story that happened to a friend…of a friend…of a friend? See how these modern folktales capture the imagination. (45 – 60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Civil War Soldier

Long marches, itchy uniforms, leaky tents and smelly food. Learn what day-to-day life was like for a Civil War soldier. (60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Ancient Egypt

Pyramids, priests and so much more. Learn about what everyday life was like for everyone from the slaves to the pharaoh. (60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Ancient Rome

Fighting in the Colosseum. Pax Romana. Trips to the baths. Learn about daily life for the Roman people from Caesar to the gladiators. (60 minute program)

8th Grade

Animals

River Monsters

From giant fossil sea monsters to toothed gar, Kansas has been home to some pretty scary swimmers. Learn about freaky fish of the past and present as well as the roles they play in maintaining our ecosystem. (30 – 45 minute program)

Science

Pluto’s Kansas

Planet Pluto loves Kansans! Learn about the discovery and ongoing fascination with this dwarf planet. (45 – 60 minute program)

Whazzup in Space?

This Solar System Ambassador’s slide show includes a summary of space program development and an update of probes and telescopes in space. (60 minute program)

Arts

Comic Books: A Super Brief History

Kids love super heroes, but who are these characters and where do they come from? We’ll explore the history of comic books and how they fit into our culture. (45 – 60 minute program)

Social Studies

American Revolution Top 10

Learn about the Top Ten Things everyone should know about the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers, and so much more! (60 minute program)

Cave Man Days

Would you cut it as a cave man? What tools would you need in order to survive in a prehistoric world? Together we’ll explore the adaptations and innovations that kept our ancient ancestors alive. (30 – 45 minute program)

Famous Kansans

From Amelia Earhart to Dwight Eisenhower, Gordon Parks to Russell Stover, meet famous Kansans who have left their mark on history. (45 minute program)

Kansas Natural Wonders

Learn what rocks and landforms tell us about the geologic history of the state. See the wonders of the landscape in a slide show trip across Kansas. (45 – 60 minute program)

Kansas Fossils

What plants and animals used to call Kansas home? Let’s explore the fossils, rock formations, and artifacts that help us understand what life in our state looked like millions of years ago. We’ll also talk about where to see remnants of this fascinating past today. This is a great follow up to Kansas Natural Wonders. (30 – 45 minute program)

Kansas Trivia Challenge 

This game is a fun way to learn new facts and test recall about Kansas history, people, geography, places and wildlife. Involves student participation. (60 minute program)

The Steamboat Arabia (Available Second Semester 2019 Only) 

Learn how important steamboat travel on the Missouri river was for pioneers and how a passion for history can spark lifelong adventure. (40 minute program)

Titanic

In April 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank. Revisit the disaster in the classroom and learn what life was like in 1912. (60 minute program)

Urban Legends

Did you hear the almost-true story that happened to a friend…of a friend…of a friend? See how these modern folktales capture the imagination. (45 – 60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Civil War Soldier

Long marches, itchy uniforms, leaky tents and smelly food. Learn what day-to-day life was like for a Civil War soldier. (60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Ancient Egypt

Pyramids, priests and so much more. Learn about what everyday life was like for everyone from the slaves to the pharaoh. (60 minute program)

You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Ancient Rome

Fighting in the Colosseum. Pax Romana. Trips to the baths. Learn about daily life for the Roman people from Caesar to the gladiators. (60 minute program)