Day Trips

We are excited to present to you our Day Trips track for this year. We are pleased to announce a variety of opportunities for you to experience some of the amazing attractions that Kansas has to offer. If you are driven to explore and interested in learning more about Kansas and the business/attractions within, then this is the track for you! Below is a list of the day trips that we have to offer. 

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Center Tour

Thank you for your interest in the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Center Tour day trip, generously sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition! This interactive experience will involve a video tour through Hill’s Pet Nutrition Center, where groups of dogs and cats are housed while undergoing food trials. Following the video will be a live Q&A with Hill’s own Vicky Ograin. This is an exclusive event that you will likely not be able to experience anywhere else. Two sessions will be held:

Session 1- Sunday, March 14th, 2021 1:00-2:30PM CST – Click the link to register

Session 2- Sunday, March 14th, 2021 3:00-4:30PM CST – Click the link to register

Attendance will be limited to the first 200 people who register for each session. Please register for your preferred session above. In order to attend, you must complete a Visitor Confidentiality Agreement and submit it to this Dropbox Link no later than Sunday, March 14th at 12:00PM CST.

When filling out your Visitor Confidentiality Agreement, please include your name, address, and which session you have signed up to attend. The first 200 people to sign up for each session will receive a Zoom meeting invitation and password. In order to be admitted to the Zoom meeting, your name in Zoom must appear exactly the same as it appears on your Visitor Confidentiality Agreement. Please reach out to Jana Gigliotti at if you have any questions!

National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF)

Dr. Ken Burton will be talking about the National Bio and Agro-defense facility. NBAF is a state-of-the-art facility that will aim to protect the nation from the threat of deadly animal diseases. He will be providing information on the capabilities of a BSL-4 facility, how it is designed to research and contain pathogens that we currently have no treatments or countermeasures for. He will also be addressing USDA-APHIS and ARS operational standup planning, and future research programs in the BSL-3Ag and BSL -4Ag laboratories providing veterinary medical countermeasures for US veterinarians and livestock industries to protect animal health, the US food supply, and public health from transboundary animal diseases. 

Konza Prairie

A virtual walk through of the Konza Nature Trail that highlights the beautiful tallgrass prairie preserve located just outside of Manhattan, KS. There will be information showcasing the bison herd and management of the herd that roams the prairie.  In addition, a showcase of the prescribed fire program and how it works to maintain the health of the tallgrass prairie. 

Sunset Zoo

A main attraction to the Manhattan, KS area is our local zoo. We will be providing a virtual walk-through of the zoo’s exhibits, with some behind-the-scene looks! A highlight of the James W. Carpenter Veterinary Clinic will be provided. If zoo and exotic medicine is your passion or interest then this is a perfect day trip for you!