Construction has begun on the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan. During the next 19 months of construction, the fence surrounding the site will serve as an art gallery for the 22 counties of the Flint Hills. Each county submitted at least two panels depicting that county's relationship to the celebrated Kansas Flint Hills.
Those panels, along with many other panels created by school children and various nature-based associations, are now on display on the construction fence. Here are some samples of the art panels on display.
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The Flint Hills Discovery Center is scheduled to open in April, 2012 and will feature hands-on exhibits, an immersive video experience, and traveling displays about the Flint Hills. The Discovery Center will be a focal point of Manhattan's South End Redevelopment and will offer a unique tourism experience that celebrates the history, culture and heritage of the Flint Hills and Tallgrass Prairie. The site is located at the Southeast entrance to Manhattan, as visitors cross the Kansas River on State Highway K-177, just south of Manhattan Town Center Mall.
For more information, visit the Flint Hills Discovery Center Web site
by Dennis Toll