The Camp Aldrich Conference Center, situated on 290 acres of rolling sand hills features a classroom facility, cabins, an Adventure Based Leadership Education (ABLE) course, a swimming pool, playground equipment, horseshoes, volleyball, basketball, softball, and much more. Located approximately two miles North of Highway 156 between Claflin, KS and Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge, the Camp features 40 heavily wooded acres preserved as a wilderness area. The area boasts at least 70 species of wild flowers and grasses, 57 different types of birds, and other animals; some of which are on the endangered species list.
Buildings of rough cedar and unique rooflines blend into the rolling sand hills.The camp property is composed of the Administration Building, parking lot, the Dining Hall, five lodges that can also be used for seminars and classrooms, a pool, and a bathhouse. The day camp area has five shade shelters, much like those in recreational parks. Latrines and washstands are also located at each shelter.
For reservations or information, contact the Facility Management Office, Barton Community College, 245 NE 30 Road, Great Bend, KS, 67530, (620) 792-9340.Contact the Barton Community College Workforce Training and Community Education Department for ABLE course information or reservations, (620) 792-9332.
Camp Aldrich Conference Center is found along the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway. Along the byway, you'll encounter landscapes and communities shaped by the powerful forces of motion and change. You're entering a region formed by ancient and ongoing geological movement, a land of stunning bird migrations, of wild winds, and weather, and of richly layered human history. The road moves through radiant wetlands exploding with wildlife; prairie vistas with immense blue skies; and seven rural communities shaped by nature and the entrepreneurial spirit. The inland salt marshes that anchor this drive, Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, are international birders treasures nestled in the heart of America and the Central Flyway. Plan your other stops along the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway here.