Certified “Nature Explore” Outdoor Classroom

The Kansas Children's Discovery Center has earned national recognition as a Certified Nature Explore Classroom from the Nature Explore program, which is a collaboration of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation. Our Outdoor Classroom is 4.5 acres of serious fun!

Nature Explore Outdoor Classrooms offer interactive elements such as musical instruments made of natural materials, garden and pathway areas, and natural materials for building and creating art. Research consistently shows that children who learn and grow in Nature Explore Classrooms exhibit enhanced concentration, develop creativity and problem solving techniques, manage stress in healthy ways and develop skills across the spectrum of academic and creative learning.

Four children jump on soda bottle to launch stomp rockets while other children watch in the background

OUTSIDE

A small child rides a large trike on a cement path with leaves on the ground

BIKES AND TRIKES

A small child inspects a rock while getting ready to climb the rock

ROCK CLIMB

Two boys look into a net to see what they caught in the pond

LAKE AND POND

PIRATE SHIP

TREEHOUSE

MUSIC GARDEN

ZIPLINE

THE "BEACH"

GLOBAL MOTION

ART

GO INSIDE

KCDC has nine permanent indoor exhibits in 15,708 square feet of serious fun. Check out our indoor exhibits.