For those who would like to learn about preserving animals for study or display, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is hosting a workshop in December. Participants aged 12-18 can learn and practice this art from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28.
Andrew Wittenberg, Ellinwood High School science teacher and local taxidermist, will help youth navigate the taxidermy process by creating a pheasant mount. This will be a tedious process and only those serious about learning should register, Wittenberg said.
Ages 12-14 must register and attend with an adult who can assist with the process. Ages 15-18 can bring an adult to help if they choose.
Limited to 10 participants, registration by Dec. 8 is required for the workshop. The cost is $25 to cover supplies. Participants will need to bring their own pheasant and can contact the KWEC for tips on how to hold the pheasant over until the class. Efforts will be made by the KWEC crew to harvest a few additional birds. Those in the class should also bring their lunch for the day. To register, call 877-243-9268 or email email@example.com.
This workshop is part of Project WILD, a KWEC monthly program geared toward school-age kids and their families. The program’s mission is to get kids off screens and out in nature.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center, affiliated with Fort Hays State University’s Werth College of Science, Technology and Mathematics, is located 10 miles northeast of Great Bend in Cheyenne Bottoms at 592 NE K-156.
For more information, visit wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu or call 877-243-9268.