Junior Explorers

The Smoky Hill Museum and Lakewood Discovery Center partner together to offer six engaging, experiential camps throughout the summer for kids 9-12. Each camp features a field trip and hands-on activities. To find out important information about a specific camp, or to register, please see the Parks & Recreation Department’s Summer Schedule of Activities found at Here’s what’s coming up for June!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Monday, June 2 and Thursday, June 5
The Earth’s in trouble and you’re on a mission to save it! Learn what you can do to help, and then do it. This camp will include making a “green” cleaner, planting a tree, making a recycle run, learning about Household Hazardous Wastes and making earth-friendly crafts.

Pioneer Perils
Monday, June 9 and Thursday, June 12
Do you have what it takes to be a pioneer? Find out in this fun-filled camp. Prepare for the trip west, explore what it was like to live in a hole in the ground and play games. Then journey back in time at Wichita’s Old Cowtown Museum, to see what people of the 1870s did to survive

Horsin’ Around
Monday, June 16 and Thursday, June 19
Get ready for a galloping good time! Explore the different breeds, find out how horses have changed, how they help man and more. Learn about cavalry soldiers and their trusted steeds at the US Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley. Then we’ll ride horses in a safe, fenced area at the Lazy T Ranch near Manhattan.