Lakewood Discovery Center

250 Lakewood Drive in Salina, KS
Telephone: (785) 826-7335

"Our mission is to develop environmentally educated citizens by providing a unique setting which nurtures curiosity and interest in nature. 


We offer a variety of nature-based educational programs and events throughout the year. You can use to view our programs and sign up. Take a look at our summer programs- fishing, archery, BB guns, canoeing, and much more! 


We are also available for group events, such as class or church fieldtrips, or for facility rentals. Give us a call for more details."

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Upcoming Lakewood Activities...

Ghost Towns of Saline County: Pt. 2 :

Saturday, March 5th from 2pm until 5pm

Ages 10 years old and older

Cost: $25 per person

Towns come and go through history, some become ghost towns that haunt the pages of history. What was its purpose, who lived there, and why has it disappeared? We will take a driving tour and revisit these ghost towns that haunt our Saline County.

Project Wild Science Workshop:

Friday, March 11th from 8:30am until 12pm

Ages 7 years old and older

Cost: $15 per person

Join us on this Friday while school is out to learn and have fun with our 1/2 day science workshop that will deal with the outdoors and our world.  We will do science experiments, hands on work with plants and animals, and make take home materials to do from your house.  This will be a fun workshop that will give us enough time to really get into our learning and develop a great understanding about our planet Earth.

Spring Break S.C.A.T. :

Monday, March 14th from 1pm until 2:30pm

Ages 5 years old and older

Cost: $6 per person

Chase that spring break boredom away with an afternoon of Snacks, Crafts, Animals, and Trails at Lakewood Discovery Center.  Come with us on a journey of discovery as we take a look at some of our native Kansas critters.  Learn how they live, eat, and protect themselves.  We'll hike the trails in search of wildlife and enjoy some self made snacks.  We will also have fun with take home crafts that will get your creative spirit going that are naturally nifty. 


Tuesday, March 15th from 10am until 11:30am

Ages 7 years old and older

Cost: $8 per person

Beginning canoe lessons will stress water safety, techniques, and teamwork.  We will learn how to select a proper life jacket, and how to select the right height of paddle.  Canoeing techniques will increase over the three week clinics.  Life jackets are provided and are mandatory for every participant. We will canoe at Lakewood pond.

Please wear sturdy shoes that can get wet/muddy.

Backyard Detectives :

Wednesday, March 16th from 9am until 10:30am

Ages 4-6 years old

Cost: $6 per person

Join our Lakewood Naturalists for a fun filled exploration for the young naturalist.  We will have hands on activities, nature crafts to make & take home, along with games and goodies.

Lakewood Games:

Wednesday, March 16th from 1pm until 2:30pm

Ages 5 years old and older

Cost: $6 per person

We have games, games, and more games.  Card games, board games, relay games, trivia games, but mainly fun and games.  Come have fun with our games Lakewood style, we will have prizes for participants that achieve certain levels in our game-a-thon.  Do you have game?  Let's find out!

Spring Break Movie Time:

Thursday, March 17th from 1pm until 3:30pm

Ages 5 years old and older

Cost: $6 per person

Do you like movies?  We do too!  Hang with us for an afternoon of movie fun, we will show a feature film that shows how much kids/animals/outdoors always saves the day while learning a good lesson.  What is a movie without an intermission with popcorn crafts and goodies?  We will have prizes for a movie detail quiz at the end of the show.

Animal Encounters Field Trip:

Friday, March 18th from 8:30am until 5pm

Ages 6 years old and older

Cost: $30 per person

Join us for family fun as we go on a field trip to encounter animals of Kansas and the experts that care for them.  We will first enjoy a guided tour of the Eagle Valley Raptor Center which houses and rehabs Kansas raptors.  You will get to see Bald Eagles, Owls, Falcons, Kestrels, Hawks and more at this animal center.  We will have our sack lunch here before we drive to encounter more animals of Kansas.  We will enjoy a close animal encounter featuring mammals at the Hutchinson zoo.  This program will let us get up close and experience mammals of the zoo with a 30 minute presentation.  We will also explore the zoo afterwards, make sure to ride the train and bring a quarter to feed the fish.  We will wrap up our day by getting some ice cream on our way back to Lakewood.  Be sure to bring money for fish feeding and the gift shop and a sack lunch.   

Kansas Prairie Chicken Festival:

Saturday, April 9th from 6:30am until 3pm

Ages 14 years old and older

Cost: $30 per person

Join us as we head west to Hays to be a part of the 1st annual Prairie Chicken Festival.  We will start out early to catch a LEK in action.  Groups of prairie chickens are called LEKS, and they put on a show this time of year to woo their next mate.  We will get to watch these native birds do their thing.  We will also be available to go on guided bird walks from the Sternberg museum. Bring your lunch and your birding equipment and a sense of adventure and this day is a sure hit. 

Wamego Tulip Festival:

Saturday, April 23rd from 8:30am until 4pm

Ages 10 years old and older

Cost: $25 per person

The tulip festival is an event held every year to celebrate the coming of spring and to enjoy a good fair like atmosphere.  The festival is full of music, food, and local art/antiques as far as the eye can see.  We will travel to Wamego and enjoy a day of wondering through the displays of crafts and goodies at your own pace.  Gather up your family, friends or partners in crime and head to the festival.

Cross Timber Campout:

May 20th - May 22nd from 8:00am until 3pm

Ages 10 years old and older

Cost: $175 per person

The Cross Timbers campout is a fun filled weekend for families that are ready to get out and explore Kansas.  We will be camping in log cabins at Cross Timber State Park which overlook the lake set on the sandstone bluffs of the lake.  The weekend will feature meals on the campfire, a hiking trip to the famous Elk River Trail and fishing outside our cabin door.  The hike at Elk River is an Ozark clone in beauty and landscape, you will never believe this is Kansas.  We will also enjoy free time at the cabins for exploring and fishing.  Our cabin has its own floating dock for fishing. We will have a couple of kayaks along to use also(you are welcome to bring your own also)  We will return Sunday afternoon with a great adventure to remember.


Included: all meals while camping (Friday lunch/supper, Sat. Breakfast/Lunch/ Supper, Sun. Breakfast)

Items needed: fishing gear/license, hiking shoes, bedding, toiletries, bug spray

                      All children need to be accompanied by a guardian 18+