Welcome to the Smoky Hill Museum

Each time you visit the Smoky Hill Museum, a new story inspires you. Family and kid-friendly interactives, changing exhibits, and fun family activities are among the Museum's highlights - all free of charge. The Museum Store offers Kansas cards, wheat weaving, specialty-food items, toys and more.

Our Wonderful Sponsors

Special thanks go to our exhibit and case sponsors. The Museum is able to continue its strong exhibits and educational programming through their generosity. Interested in sponsoring an exhibit? Contact Kay Quinn at kay.quinn@salina.org.

7 Summer Volunteer Ideas for Teens

School is out for the summer, and that means that your teen set is going to have a whole lot of time on their hands. Though the studying might be over, the summer months are still crucial for exploring careers and getting volunteer experience. Here are some fun ways that your teen can give back to the community:

Libraries
If your teenager loves literature or interacting with kids, the library might be the perfect volunteer opportunity for them. Tasks can range from reading books for groups of children to helping develop social media presence.

Camps
Too old to attend and too young to be counselors, teenagers are in the volunteering sweet spot for camps. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy typical camp activities while gaining new skills.

Nursing Homes
Nothing brightens the days of residents at nursing homes quite like a visit from a young person. Volunteering at a nursing home gives teens the chance to form friendships with and gain wisdom from a wonderful group of people.

Hospitals
Several hospitals have programs for teenagers who are looking to volunteer. This is a particularly excellent option for teens who are considering a career in the medical field.

Animal Shelters
Who doesn’t love playing with adorable animals? Volunteering at an animal shelter is also a great method of career exploration for teenagers who are interested in becoming veterinarians.

Museums
There’s always something interesting going on at a museum. Many have volunteer programs that allow teenagers to help with events or daily archiving tasks.

Local Farms
Farmers often look for the help of young workers in the summer. Whether it’s cutting weeds out of organic fields or watering beautiful gardens, volunteers will get to enjoy nature and burn off some extra energy.