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Sunflower Summer Program Offers Kansans Chance to Explore North Central Kansas Attractions

Sunflower Summer
Sunflower Summer

Sunflower Summer, an educational program promoting family engagement and student learning during the summer, announced that 28,726 adults and children representing 7,949 families have participated in the program since its launch on May 28, 2022.  The turnout surpasses what the program saw during its first two weeks last year, the program’s first summer in existence.

The Sunflower Summer Program is funded by federal COVID-19 money and offers summer enrichment activities for Kansas students.  89% of participating venues have had Sunflower Summer visitors in the first 16 days.

The program which allows access to museums, zoos, historic landmarks and outdoor locations for free will run through August 14th.

During this time, adults can visit sunflowersummer.org to learn more about the program.  The updated app is available to download to phones or tablet devices.  People who retained the app on their device from last summer do not need to download another copy - they will receive an electronic notice to simply update their app to the 2022 version.  The app is available for both iPhone and Android users.  An adult will need to register their family members and include their county and school district.

Included in the 90 attractions featured in this year's Sunflower Summer program are Glen Elder State Park in Mitchell County, the Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site in Washington County, Lovewell State Park in Jewell County, and the Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site in Republic County.

Each Kansas child pre-K-18 years of age, as well as students in 18-21-year-old programs, and up to two accompanying adults may access a ticket voucher to each of the participating attractions in the Sunflower Summer app.  Once a location has been selected, tickets can be claimed within the app.  When attendees are ready to enter, the ticket can be activated and presented to the ticket taker.

After the first use, the Sunflower Summer passport in the app will be stamped, and the ticket will no longer be accessible.

More information, including a full list of participating venues and a frequently asked questions section, is available at sunflowersummer.org.