The Koch Habitat
is the centerpiece of the Great Plains Nature Center. The 3,500 square feet of
displays within it were completed during the summer of 2000 and our GRAND OPENING
was Labor Day Weekend, September 1 - 3, 2000. A generous grant from the Fred C. and
Mary R. Koch Foundation allowed us to finish this part of the nature center. (This
foundation was established in 1954 by a gift from Fred Koch, who founded what later became
Koch Industries.) The Roybal Corporation was the general contractor
for the exhibit hall.
In order, the exhibits are:
For a peek at our exhibits, go to the Preview section!
For a 360° view of the interactive area visit 360Wichita.com!
The beautiful murals in the Koch Habitat Hall are the handiwork of John Lencicki and Kent
At the far end of the Koch Habitat Hall, visitors can enter the Bob
Gress Wildlife Observatory which looks out onto the wetlands of Chisholm Creek Park. The area immediately outside the
windows is landscaped with a recirculating stream, bird feeders and plants attractive to
butterflies and birds.
Questions or comments? Send Email to Jim Mason
Or write us at:
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200