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K-State Olathe
22201 W. Innovation Dr.
Olathe, KS 66061-1304

913-541-1488 fax


Outside Activities

Plant sale

Let our horticulture students will help you get your garden started with a transplant sale. We'll be offering a variety of transplants — plants grown at the K-State Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center and repotted — to meet your gardening needs. Proceeds go toward our urban food systems programming, including urban farm study tours, community programming such as our Food for Thought Film Series and workshops. 

Plants include: 

• 14 types of peppers (sweet and spicy)
• 4 types of basil
• marigolds
• rainbow chard

While supplies last. 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Outside the front entrance

All the buzz

Did you know K-State Olathe is home to several bee apiaries? Steve's Bee Co. will teach you about bees and the consumer products they produce, and show what the inside of an apiary looks like. 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Patio


First Floor Activities

Are you smarter than a Wildcat? 

Take a spin on the prize wheel and test your K-State IQ. 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bistro

Live sports radio broadcast

Sports Radio 810 WHB is doing a live broadcast of their morning show from K-State Olathe's Open House.  
9 a.m. to noon, Bistro

Cargill Animal Nutrition 

Learn more about Cargill Animal Nutrition through interactive activities highlighting the pet foods they make in Kansas and the many livestock species they feed. They will be telling the story of how Cargill helps feed the world. 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bistro 

K-12 challenges 

K-12 students are challenged to use engineering, science, problem-solving and creativity to complete a series of contests. Activities include the following activities from
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Kitchen

  • Wildcat Adventure Hat —  Make your own paper hat with purple construction paper, and decorate as you'd like.  Wear it proudly all during Open House, and beyond!

  • Dancing Food Colors — Experiment with cream, food coloring, and Q-tips to make drops of food coloring move like you’ve never seen before.

  • Tumbling Tower — Take turns with a partner to remove cardboard tubes one at a time, Jenga-style, while keeping cardboard sheets stable.

  • Make a Mini-Roomba — Make your own toothbrush robot to clean under your bed. For middle school age only. While supplies last.

K-State Research and Extension  

Learn about the services K-State Research and Extension provides in the Kansas City regional area. Get information, advice and tips for lawns and gardens, healthy lifestyles and nutritious snacks, successful aging, financial management, wildlife management, and fun opportunities for youth development.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Great Plains Room

KSRE booths and information

4-H Ambassadors

Information About Johnson County 4-H Youth Development

Learn about the 4-H youth development program in Johnson County from 4-H Ambassadors. Play the "Minute to Win It" game with Open House guests or take a spin on the trivia wheel. Pick up handouts about 4-H projects ranging from food and nutrition, livestock care and robotics.

4-H Taking Action in the Community

Three Science Matters team will lead hands-on activities about food waste, animal care and environmental conservation.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

Extension Kansas Master Naturalists

Get tips and information about outdoor activities, nature, Extension Master Naturalist program info.

Food, Nutrition and Health

Extension Master Food Volunteers — Making Healthy Meals with Your Favorite Kitchen Tools

Learn how you can maximize your favorite kitchen tools, such as an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker and cast iron skillet, to make healthy and delicious meals.

Healthy Hands

Proper handwashing is the first defense for staying healthy. But, do you know how to wash them? Come find out!


Extension Master Gardener Program

Get information about the Johnson County Extension Master Gardener program and the gardening hotline. Timely publications and hotline cards will be available.

Home and Family

Opioids and FCE

Opioids: What are they and how has this crisis affected Kansas? Get information on how to dispose of medication properly and how residents can avoid being a target of an opioid burglary. This is an FCE informational booth.

Johnson County K-State Research and Extensions

Who We Are and What We Do

Discover your location extension agency. Get an overview of the services offered through informational handouts and an agent.


Second Floor Activities

Lego rockets

Bring the kids by the Adult Learning and Leadership booth and let them exercise their creativity in engineering rockets with legos. Participants can use templates or design their own.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Second floor hallway

Kids' corner 

Dive into tons of fun at the Kids' Corner. Activities include free face painting and K-State coloring pages. 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Hallway outside Room 227

Graduate and undergraduate programs 

Explore several of the graduate-level programs that offer courses at K-State Olathe. Programs include adult learning and leadership, master of agribusiness, horticulture with an emphasis in urban food systems, master of public health, professional science master’s, school counseling and veterinary biomedical science, as well as hospitality management (undergraduate). 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rooms 221-223

American Royal

Visit the American Royal booth to learn about the mission of the organization and upcoming events including educational programs, rodeos, livestock shows, equine competitions, and the World Series of Barbecue. Kids at this booth are encouraged to launch their creative spirit through agricultural art projects.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Room 221 


See how small pieces of information can be combined together in unique ways to discover something new. This same concept is being applied to human and animal health information to improve our understanding of the intricate relationships between humans and animals, and how those relationships can be applied toward drug discovery and new data analytical methods.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Room 221 

Gardening central

Stop by the Urban Food Systems table to learn about our educational offerings, research and community events. 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Room 222 


Come get a free Cherokee Purple tomato plant and learn about horticulture happenings at K-State. The Horticulture Research and Extension Center-Olathe is home to many programs in the areas of food crops, flowers and turfgrassWhile supplies last. 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Room 222

K-State Horticulture Major

Stop by to learn about the undergraduate horticulture majors offered at K-State in Manhattan. The program covers the breadth of all areas of horticulture and is home to some of the best teaching faculty in the U.S.  Learn about options in golf course and sports turf operations, landscape horticulture, horticulture production, and horticulture science. K-State faculty will be present to answer questions.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Room 222

Maxxam Food Safety  

Dive into the world of food safety with Maxxam. Learn how bacteria grows and why it's important for companies to test food products and pet food for these microorganisms. Stop by and learn about this important work and the services available from Maxxam.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Room 222

Mighty microgreens  

Give us your opinion about this trendy, locally grown food. Participate in a taste test with the Sensory and Consumer Research Center. Also, learn more about becoming a paid participant in our studies.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Room 222

Strike a pose

Grab a friend (or friends), some props and then picture yourself having fun at Open House — literally — with a photo booth. Use #KStateOpenHouse to tag yourself and others in the pics on Facebook and then hang the photo strip on your fridge.   
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.Room 223

American Association of Industry Veterinarians 

What do veterinarians do? More than you think! Check out some of the possible jobs besides clinical practice in which veterinarians are involved, including both human and animal health. The American Association of Industry Veterinarians is a great source of career exploration and professional development.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Room 223

Ceva Animal Health

Ceva Animal Health's Scientific Service and Investigative Unit (SSIU) will be on hand to show you how they identify bacteria and viruses, extract their genetic material, sequence them in real time, and use those results to help animal owners and veterinarians keep their animals healthy. Stop by to see science in action! 
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Room 223  

Animals and you! 

Learn about animal anatomy and other interesting facts about animals and the human-animal connection. Kids can enjoy coloring pages with farm animals, while older participants can take the Funny Bone quiz and submit answers for a book drawing. Learn how relationships with pets can make the world a better place by significantly improving human health and the quality of life. Also, learn about educational opportunities associated with animal health at K-State Olathe, including the veterinary biomedical science graduate program. 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Room 223


Don't forget to pick up a canvas tote bag (one per family) and a passport from the reception area.  Return passports here for prizes when you leave.